The doyenne’s work

Flar­ing footed bowl by Lu­cie Rie, 1978

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - GUIDE : AUCTION FOCUS -

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.

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