The doyenne’s work
Flaring footed bowl by Lucie Rie, 1978
The prices for Lucie Rie ceramics are sky high and going up, with her unique porcelain footed bowls especially valuable. This little beauty, Scandi-looking with its plain white glaze ground and concentric, denim blue stripes, last came up for sale at Christie’s in 1985 when it was purchased by an American collector. It was then consigned to Phillips, New York, in late 2016 where it fetched a new world record for the potter of $212,500 (£163,625). Another Rie bowl in the same sale, in a golden manganese glaze with sgra to decoration, sold for a little less. Rie’s pottery has been highly collectable for many years, since she built a name for herself in the swinging Sixties, and now even her standard crockery sets made for shops such as Heal’s and Liberty in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s are sought after. Utilitarian Rie stoneware – plates, cereal bowls, cups and saucers and co ee pots in a signature conkerbrown glaze, sometimes decorated with incised lines or sgra to, can be bought in the low thousands of pounds at auction.