Lucie Rie (1902-1995, Austria/England)

Untitled Bottle Vase
Stoneware; ht. 15.5, dia. 6.5 in.

Lucie Rie is one of the most sought after potter’s of the 20th century who actively sold internationally. From the outset she attracted a stellar array of collectors such as the artist Dan Flavin, documentarian David Attenborough and fashion designer Issey Miyake. “Masterpiece” is a term that is casually bandied about but in this case is deserved. This is the most major work of this series, widely exhibited and is unusual because of its scale, 15 ½”High, giving it a towering presence. But it’s status as a masterpiece comes from the success in merging form and surface.  Seen here in silhouette one can see that rise from a solid foot, swelling outwards in a beautiful arc and then tapering gently into an elongated neck. The sensual lip of the pot perfectly balances the foot. It is a stunning example of the architecture of a pot.  The surface is suitably abstract and organic; no lines compete with the undulating form. The speckles of iron in this subtle, creamy dolomite glaze are vibrant, rust colored with the energy of an abstract painting, effortlessly expanding and retreating with the form. The work is signed with the artists chop mark or seal in the foot and further details of this exceptional and important vase can be found online at Cowans.com.

Birks,Tony. Lucie Rie, Catrine UK: Stenlake Publishing, 2009. For a similar work see page 129.

Coatts, Margo (ed). Lucie Rie and Hans Coper: Potters in Parallel, London: Herbert Press, 1997. Similar work illustrated on page 78.

Frankel, Cyril.  Modern Pots: Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and their Contemporaries. University of East Anglia, 2006. 

Johnson, J. Stewart. Lucie Rie/Hans Coper, Masterworks by Two British Potters. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994. 

Lucie Rie Retrospective, Arts Council Gallery, London, UK, 1968, cat #67.
Lucie Rie: A Retrospective Survey, Garth Clark Gallery, NY, 1986.

Provenance:Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason Collection;
Acquired from the Cyril Frankel Collection at Sotheby's London, UK, 1983 via Sotheby's Belgrave, 1980.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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