Lucie Rie 

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Lucie Rie was one of the most influential potters of the 20th century. Her work has an enduring appeal with collectors with examples achieving high prices at auction. We hold four ceramics auctions each year with some featuring the work of Lucie Rie. We offer a free appraisal service as well as a free collection service for any Lucie Rie Pottery items consigned to these auctions. 

Lucie Rie Overview

Lucie Rie was born in Austria in 1902. She studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts; she fled Austria in 1938, and lived in London from 1939 until her death in 1995. Along with her friends Hans Coper and Bernard Leach she was one of the three most influential 20th century potters working in Britain. Rie began her career making simple earthenware pots, but by the 1950s was working only with stoneware and porcelain. Her work was founded on architectural principles of harmonious design, and she quickly developed a very distinctive style. 

Demand For Lucie Rie Pottery

Popular with British, European, Japanese and American collectors, prices for Lucie Rie’s work have been steadily rising since her death in 1995, with the majority of her work now commanding very good prices. Her broad appeal lies in the contradictory nature of her work, with frail, fragile-looking shapes sculpted from sturdy stoneware.

This particularly dynamic quality is known as the ‘Lucie Rie quiver’, and it’s one of the aspects that’s helped keep prices buoyant, but as with any type of pottery, condition is an important factor in determining value of a piece and the most sought after pieces are those with no damage or chips. Part of the beauty of Lucie Rie’s work lies in its complex texture and varied decoration, and the pieces displaying her trademark brilliant glazes in rainbow colours such as peacock blue, magenta and gold remain particularly popular. 

Interesting Facts About Lucie Rie

  • Lucie Rie was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1902, and she began learning pottery at the age of 16.
  • She fled to England in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution because of her Jewish heritage.
  • Rie's work is known for its simple, elegant forms and her use of vibrant glazes.
  • She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1968 and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1991.
  • In 1990, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London held a major retrospective of her work, which helped to cement her reputation as one of the most important ceramicists of the 20th century.
  • Rie passed away in 1995, but her legacy continues to inspire and influence ceramicists around the world.



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