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Dame Lucie Rie was born in Vienna and studied pottery at Kunstgewerbeschule, an Arts & Crafts school closely associated with the Wiener Werkstätte community of visual artists. Rie emigrated to London in the late 1930’s and set up a small studio where she began producing ceramic buttons and jewellery to make ends meet. Fellow artist Hans Koper was initially hired as an aid but later became a partner at the studio and worked closely with Rie until the late 50’s.
Inspired at a young age by a collection of an Uncle’s antiquities, Roman ceramics and her fondness of travelling, Rie mastered the skill of wheel-throwing. She produced a number of modernist, almost urbanist, hand-thrown pottery forms, including; bowls, dishes, pots and vases. Specialising in stoneware and porcelain, Rie manages to effortlessly combine form and function, creating simplistic yet distinguishably functional items.
As with any pottery, condition is paramount in determining its value. Certain Rie works, in perfect condition, have recently been realising and exceeding £100,000 at auction. This piece is a perfect example of Rie’s intricate and complex use of textures. Thick, white textured glaze with unevenly distributed black pitting within the glazes flow unevenly over the body of the vase both internally and externally, giving a weathered feel and appearance.
The vase features an unglazed foot rim with a similarly glazed recessed base with an impressed LR seal mark and is offered in excellent condition.
Rie’s influence reached many throughout her 60-year career, making her one of the most prolific 20th century potters. Her pottery collections are exhibited worldwide in the likes of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2009, when a new ceramics gallery opened in the V&A Museum, her studio was moved and recreated there.
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