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Post by studio-pots on April 26th 2014, 12:57 pm

I have just realised that we don't have a Lucie Rie thread so here goes.

She was born in Vienna, as Lucie Gomperz, in 1902 and came to England in 1938.

She had trained as a potter at the Kunstgewerbeschule in her native Vienna, making thrown earthenware (usually red in colour) from 1926 until the late 1940s. In 1945 she begun to make domestic stoneware, which was decorated using tin and manganese glazes and then later one off pieces in stoneware and, on occasions, in porcelain. She did have a few assistants to help her with the domestic ware production, most notably of which was Hans Coper, who worked with her from 1946 to 1959 and was allowed to add his mark to items that he had help produce.

From 1939 until her death in 1995 she potted in Albion Mews, Bayswater, London and was made a DBE (Dame) in 1991.

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Post by studio-pots on April 26th 2014, 12:58 pm

A tall thrown and squared cylinder that I sold a few years ago.


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Post by studio-pots on April 26th 2014, 12:59 pm

An image of the base of the vase, which shows the underglaze mark, although not very clearly.


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Post by big ed on April 26th 2014, 3:01 pm


Iv'e never had anything exciting of her work , this mark of hers with Hans Coper was on a saucer , boring I know but It fetched over 300 on ebay , so I was happy , sometimes potters are really overrated , thankfully Laughter

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Post by climberg64 on April 15th 2015, 2:33 pm

What do people on the forum think of these?
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Post by studio-pots on April 15th 2015, 2:50 pm

If you compare the foot on both of the above with the Lucie Rie vase and saucer it's a no brainer.

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Post by big ed on April 15th 2015, 3:28 pm

sorry to say ,Iv'e been told it's a fake by someone with a lot of experience .

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Post by dantheman on April 15th 2015, 4:39 pm

Cath?

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Post by climberg64 on April 16th 2015, 8:11 am

I don't think any one would doubt that they are made by the same maker.

They are very well thrown.

The glazes are good.

The bases are very tiny.

What I am wondering is, why put a fake mark on one and not the other?

I think they could be glaze tests.
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Post by studio-pots on April 16th 2015, 8:56 am

climberg64 wrote:

What I am wondering is, why put a fake mark on one and not the other?

Sad to say this but probably for a laugh.

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Post by climberg64 on April 16th 2015, 6:47 pm

big ed wrote:sorry to say ,Iv'e been told it's a fake by someone with a lot of experience .

You've changed your view on experts there, Ed Happy
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Post by big ed on April 16th 2015, 6:59 pm

No , i haven't Guy , I am only relaying what Iv'e been told and as I said things need checking out , I'm no expert myself , never will be , I only said someone with experience not an expert ( iv'e been caught out in the past and probably will in the future ) , it's unfortunate but that's the way it goes I suppose .

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 24th 2015, 11:29 pm

I was up and the V&A last week and it struck me that the shape of the Lucie Rie piece on the right in this photo is similar to a certain pottery from Baker Street.

They certainly were friends. I'll find a piece or two and post them in the other thread.



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Post by denbydump on April 24th 2015, 11:51 pm

I have a couple of vases just like those shapes!
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 25th 2015, 12:30 am

Yup - I'm assuming BA 'borrowed' from LR but we will never know
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Post by Guest on April 25th 2015, 11:09 am

22 Crawford St. wrote:I was up and the V&A last week and it struck me that the shape of the Lucie Rie piece on the right in this photo is similar to a certain pottery from Baker Street.

They certainly were friends. I'll find a piece or two and post them in the other thread.


Crawford, are those the George Cook birds?

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Post by denbydump on April 25th 2015, 11:11 am

I think they are Margi Hine pigeons
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Post by studio-pots on April 25th 2015, 11:14 am

Yes, they are by Margaret Hine, who was a student and later wife of William Newland. The other vase that it partly in shot is by Dan Arbeid.


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Post by Guest on April 25th 2015, 11:17 am

I'm confused, did Cook ever make birds?

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Post by studio-pots on April 25th 2015, 11:24 am

I believed he did but others did too and some potters still make them.

Going back to the Lucie Rie pieces, No.17 is in porcelain and was bought directly from Lucie in 1959 for six quid and No.18, which is stoneware, at the same time for a fiver.

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Post by studio-pots on January 4th 2017, 2:07 pm

A world record price achieved in New York for one of Lucie's bowls.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4064110/Humble-salad-bowl-measuring-just-8-inches-diameter-sells-world-record-173-000.html

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Post by Potty on January 14th 2017, 6:30 pm

studio-pots wrote:A world record price achieved in New York for one of Lucie's bowls.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4064110/Humble-salad-bowl-measuring-just-8-inches-diameter-sells-world-record-173-000.html

Of all her pieces I can't understand why that bowl would be a record breaker Shock Not my cup of tea anyway!

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Post by dantheman on January 14th 2017, 9:32 pm

her work leaves me cold

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Post by studio-pots on January 15th 2017, 4:22 pm

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studio-pots wrote:A world record price achieved in New York for one of Lucie's bowls.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4064110/Humble-salad-bowl-measuring-just-8-inches-diameter-sells-world-record-173-000.html

Of all her pieces I can't understand why that bowl would be a record breaker Shock Not my cup of tea anyway!

When someone is collecting studio pottery rather than a specific potter they always want a typical piece, so that this bowl wouldn't appeal. It clearly didn't appeal too much at the time it was made to people, who collected her pots then, as she didn't make many examples. However, when a potter or artist gets as big as she has in the collecting world then rarity becomes key.

So really it fetched that money because it wasn't popular at the time Lucie Rie made it to people, who collected her work.


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