Lucie Rie 1902-1995, Bottle Vase with Flared Neck, 1972
Stoneware with mottled grey glaze; sgrafitto decoration
26 x 13.5 cm.
LR seal to base
Price: £25,000 (plus any applicable taxes + ARR)
Lucie Rie (1902-1995) trained in ceramics in Vienna, but her reputation is largely defined by the period after 1938, when she settled in London and set up a studio near Marble Arch. Here she remained until the end of her life, always rising early and following a disciplined routine of throwing and raw glazing forms that expanded the vocabulary of the wheel. Her mixed clay bottles with flaring necks, sgraffito bowls and vases with heavily pitted surfaces are best judged in the context of the modern environment, of 20th century architecture and design as a whole. Rie’s true functionalism was best expressed in her tablewares of the 50s and 60s, elegant tea and coffee sets with incised decoration and iron flecked salad bowls and lidded pots. In the last two decades of her life she concentrated on more decorative individual pieces, and since her death her work has continued to climb in value.
British Craft Centre, where originally acquired.
Private collection, Oxford.
See Lucie Rie, Houston/Cripps, Crafts Council no.126 for similar example.
Philip Eglin b.1959, Red Yellow Green Jug
earthenware with slip decoration
44 x 40 cms
Price: £7,000 (plus any applicable taxes)
Philip Eglin has added much to the language of figuration in the last thirty years, but his work also encompasses big buckets, plates, dishes, jugs and smaller more intimate tablewares. Born in Gibraltar in 1959, Eglin studied ceramics at Staffordshire Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. In 1996 he won the Jerwood Prize (Ceramics), having quickly established a reputation for his fluently modelled and painted sitting, standing and reclining nudes. Madonnas, popes and cardinals followed, his ideas drawing as much on the history of sculpture and painting as ceramics, as well as everyday modern culture and imagery, in terms of both subject matter and the discarded paraphernalia with which he makes his moulds. Eglin is an accomplished social critic, but his view of the world is tempered by playful wit and celebration too.