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Lucie Rie

Lucie Rie (1902-1995) is one of the most famous exponents of British studio pottery with a world-wide reputation and prices to match in stature. She emigrated to Britain from Austria during the Second World War and set up a studio in London.

For a while Rie worked with fellow émigré and studio potter Hans Coper who started as her assistant.

Rie’s pottery has a streamlined modernist aesthetic and is distinguished by its virtuoso glazing techniques.


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Coper and Rie studio pottery supply stays healthy

31 October 2022

Ceramics by Hans Coper (1920-81) and Lucie Rie (1902-95) have been assimilated into the collecting sphere of Modern British art with spectacular effect.

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Classic Lucie Rie footed bowl makes £33,000

10 October 2022

A summer Design and Modern sale at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) included a small collection of ceramics by Dame Lucie Rie (1902- 95).

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Lucie Rie bowl stars in our pick of seven auction highlights sold this week

07 October 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Dame Lucie Rie bowl from the 1970s that made over three times estimate in Dorset.

Dame Lucie Rie 'Sale of a Lifetime' auction at Bonhams

Plea for help to trace missing Lucie Rie ceramics

21 October 2021

A group of Lucie Rie (1902-95) ceramics bought at auction in 1997 has been stolen from a home in north London.

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Pick of the week: Lucie Rie record as footed bowl takes $180,000 at Phillips

31 July 2020

The market for Lucie Rie (1902-95) reached a new high when Phillips New York sold this 5.5in (14cm) diameter footed bowl for $180,000 (£136,800) at its latest design auction.

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Collectors donate 100 pieces of studio pottery and Modern British art to The Hepworth Wakefield museum

08 April 2020

Two collectors of British studio pottery have bequeathed 100 pieces from their personal collection to The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire.

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Registered bidders at London studio ceramics sale come from wide array of countries

02 December 2019

Two November sales underlined the current strength of the field of British studio pottery.

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Studio ceramics sale gets to the art of the matter

02 December 2019

Specialist Philip Smith, head of the 20th Century & Modern British Art departments at the London outlet of Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium), believes studio ceramics should be classed as art.

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Lucie Rie bowl among strong selection of modern British ceramics

29 April 2019

Modern British ceramics are rarely offered by German auction houses. Among the notable exceptions is the Kunst & Design Auktionshaus Schops Turowski, based in Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Studio pottery – UK regional salerooms are filling a market gap

08 October 2018

If the work of the best modern and contemporary artists is typically confined to a small coterie of London auctioneers, then the same cannot be said of the best modern and contemporary ceramics.

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British studio pottery – Art or artisan?

01 October 2018

British studio pottery, once the preserve of a small number of devotees, currently ranks among the strongest subsets of the art and antiques market. In the first element of a two-part feature, ATG considers the London market.

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From Lucie Rie to Magdalene Odundo: a ‘British’ tradition backed by overseas talent

01 October 2018

The ‘British’ studio ceramics movement has long been backed by overseas talent. In addition to Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Ruth Duckworth (nee Windmuller), who fled the Nazis in the 1930s, and Hamada Shoji’s collaboration with Bernard Leach, is the contribution of Kenyan-born Magdalene Odundo (b. 1950).

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Buttons up at the Bleasdales sale

27 August 2018

‘More affordable’ Lucie Rie lots head a selection of hammer highlights from summer sales.

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Potted history: Early Lucie Rie tea set offered in London ceramics exhibition

25 April 2018

An early tea set by Lucie Rie is among the works on offer at Erskine, Hall & Coe’s exhibition British Ceramics, which opens tomorrow.

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Lucie Rie - doyenne of the British studio pottery scene - continues to lead at auction

15 September 2017

Demand for Lucie Rie’s studio pottery is on a roll. The latest example in the saleroom came at Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction on September 13 when this yellow and bronze glazed bowl from the 1980s sold for £100,000 (plus premium).

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Studio ceramics in starring role at auction

08 May 2017

Overshadowed by the boom in Chinese works and contemporary art they may have been, but the rise in demand for British studio ceramics has been the talk of the market these last few years.

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Lucie Rie record broken for fourth time in two years as porcelain bowl takes $170,000 bid

21 December 2016

The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to thrive. A new auction high for the doyenne of the British studio pottery movement was posted by Phillips in New York this month– the fourth occasion a record has been set in just two years.

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Salisbury’s £47,000 record for Rie

18 December 2014

The stock of the Austrian-born British studio potter Lucie Rie (1902-95) continues to rise in the saleroom.

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Right on the Maak

08 November 2012

Specialist art consultancy Maak, established in 2009 by Marijke Varrall-Jones, former head of contemporary ceramics at Bonhams, holds specialist auctions of international studio ceramics twice a year.

Slow but certain tactics meet challenge of 200 clocks

13 October 2004

DISPERSING 200 mixed-quality clocks may seem a daunting prospect for some provincial auctioneers, but, by selling the Staffordshire collection in bite-size chunks through their general, oak and country and fine auctions, Richard Winterton (15% buyer's premium) managed to get away almost all entries during the summer months.