November 06, 2010 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


Lucie Rie, Vessel with Sgrafitto Rim

(1902-1995, Austria)
Untitled (Tall Vase with Sgrafitto Rim), ca 1958
Stoneware; ht. 8.25, wd 6.5 in.

This combination of form, decoration and glaze is extremely rare for Rie. It combines an element that is heavy - the band of black manganese around the top third of the cylinder with its sgraffito crosshatching - with the ethereal space below that is as soft, and water - the delicate pale blue celadon. Compositionally the dark and light are balanced by the black rim at the bottom of the cylinder and the black foot.

Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995) is the most celebrated and widely collected of all 20th century ceramists, eclipsing the position once held by Hans Coper. Issey Miyaki curated an exhibition for her; Dan Flavin created light sculptures in her honor; and she received both the OBE and CBE, birthday honors from the Queen. She studied under Michael Powolny at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule and her first exhibition, organized by Josef Hoffmann, took place in his secessionist masterpiece, Palais Stoclet, in Brussels. In 1938 Rie moved to London to escape Jewish persecution and by 1950 was established as one of Britain's leading ceramists together with her one-time employee, Hans Coper. Most works were acquired directly from the artist by a New York collector.

References: Birks, Tony. Lucie Rie. London: AC Black, 1994; Issey Miyake Meets Lucie Rie. Tokyo: Miyake Design Studios, 1989; Hans Coper and Lucie Rie: Masterworks by Two British Potters. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Condition:Excellent original condition.

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000


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