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Auction: The Betty Lee and Aaron Stern Collection
was auctioned on: 17 December 2013
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Lucie Rie

Estimate: US$15,000 - US$20,000
Price realised:  US$40,000
Lot number 5, Views: 13

Lucie Rie Vase with flaring lip circa 1976 Porcelain, manganese and matte blue glazes, sgraffito lip and shoulder and three inlaid bands. 8 3/8 in. (21.4 cm) high, 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) diameter Impressed with artist’s seal.
Provenance Christie’s, London, "Contemporary Ceramics," July 22, 1985, lot 213 Literature John Houston ed., Lucie Rie a survey of her life and work, exh. cat., Crafts Council and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1981, p. 48 for a similar example Serene Beauty: Lucie Rie Retrospective 100th Anniversary of her Birth, exh. cat., The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park / The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, 2002, p. 41, fig. 29, for a similar example Lucie Rie – A Retrospective, exh. cat., The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2010, p. 205 for a similar example Artist Bio Lucie Rie Austrian • 1902 - 1995 Dame Lucie Rie studied under Michael Powolny at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna before immigrating to London in 1938. In London she started out making buttons for the fashion industry before producing austere, sparsely decorated tableware that caught the attention of modernist interior decorators. Eventually she hit her stride with the pitch-perfect footed bowls and flared vases for which she is best-known today. She worked in porcelain and stoneware, applying glaze directly to the unfired body and firing only once. She limited decoration to incised lines, subtle spirals and golden manganese lips, allowing the beauty of her thin-walled vessels to shine through. In contrast with the rustic pots of English ceramicist Bernard Leach who is considered an heir to the Arts and Crafts movement, collectors and scholars revere Rie for creating pottery that was in dialogue with the design and architecture of European Modernism. View More Works

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: The Betty Lee and Aaron Stern Collection
Date of the auction: 17 Dec 2013
Address: Phillips
New York