Bowl by the 'Godmother' of Modern Ceramics' discovered during consignment visit.

Posted On: 27 Aug 2022 by Greg Bateman

Speckle glaze bowl made by Dame Lucie Rie comes up for auction at Batemans.


Discovered by Greg Bateman amongst a house full of other china and crockery at a Northamptonshire Deceased Estate, this beautiful little bowl is sure to attract serious interest ... 


Dame Lucie Rie (British, Austrian, 1902-1995): a studio pottery bowl, decorated in pale blue speckled glaze, LR mark to base, 13.7 by 6.8cm high. 

It will be offered for sale on 3rd September with pre-sale estimates: £300 - £500


The British Museum provides the following useful summary of this most famous of artists: Lucie Rie (nee Gomperz) was an Austrian potter who was born and educated in Vienna. where she trained as a potter under Ludwig Powolny at the High School for Arts and Crafts.. When she graduated from art school she set up her first pottery in her parents home. Her work soon became internationally recognised but the rise of the Nazi movement in Germany and the rise of anti-semitism meant that Lucie, who was by now married to Hans Rie, had to leave Vienna. They arrived in London in September 1938 on a temporary visa. With the aid of Ernst Freud she found a workshop near Hyde Park but she was unknown in England and her pots were not appreciated. She spent the war working in a lens factory and making ceramic buttons for the fashion trade. In 1946 she returned to making pots, and with Hans Coper, another Jewish refugee, she rediscovered the enthusiasm of her days in Vienna. They worked side by side until 1958. Functional wares were the pottery's staple for at least ten years. Slowly she became well-known but the real breakthrough was in 1967 when the Arts Council presented a retrospective of her work. More exhibitions and decorations followed: an OBE in 1968, an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Arts in 1969, a CBE in 1981 and she was made a Dame in 1990. On 1 April 1995 after a series of strokes, Lucie Rie died.




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