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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.


Lucian Freud portrait

Sotheby’s announces details of latest summer show

24 May 2024

Sotheby’s is hosting an exhibition in London this summer featuring 12 works loaned from museums. All the works are by artists who were born overseas but passed through or settled in the UK permanently.

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British studio pottery features among TEFAF New York sales

16 May 2024

Lucie Rie and other Modern masters delight buyers at recent fair

Lucie Rie flaring footed porcelain bowl

‘True masterpiece’ bowl brings a new auction high for studio potter Lucie Rie

18 December 2023

The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to reach new heights.

Lucy Rie 1981 Footed bowl

Rie and Coper records fall in landmark sale

06 November 2023

Phillips’ sale of two studio pottery collections of Lucie Rie and Hans Coper lived up to expectations and set two new auction records.

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Two ‘exceptional’ Lucie Rie and Hans Coper collections on offer from significant sources

02 October 2023

What has been billed by Phillips as ‘the most exceptional and significant group of works by Lucie Rie and Hans Coper to ever come to auction’ will be offered in London on November 1.

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Monk has a beer – no wonder he’s merry

07 August 2023

Stand-out original among the 76 pieces from Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s workshops offered at Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) 20th Century Design auction was a carved oak monk sold with its working drawing.

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Lawrence of Arabia replies to lucky Archie

22 May 2023

The standout signature to an autograph album compiled by a boy scout in 1919 was that of Lawrence of Arabia.

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Definitely not selling for buttons: Lucie Rie moulds make £4200

08 May 2023

Two moulds for making buttons, given by studio potter Lucie Rie (1902-95) to her cleaning lady, were sold at a London auction on March 29.

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Lucie Rie bowl given to her cleaning lady is among five lots to watch this week

27 March 2023

With estimates from £300, here are five previews of items coming up at auction.

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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.

Lucie Rie’s footed bowl

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.