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Status, price and estimation of the artist Lucie RIE
Price of an object by the artist: 400 – 20,000€.
Estimate for a ceramic signed Lucie Rie: 400 – 15,000€.
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The beginnings of a passionate designer
Originally from Vienna, where she was born Lucie Gomperz in 1902, Lucie Rie is the daughter of a doctor who worked closely with the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.
Between 1922 and 1926, the young woman trained as a potter at a Viennese arts and crafts school. This was part of the Wiener Werkstatte, an association that grew out of the Vienna Secession and brought together artists and craftsmen as independent creators. He was influenced by his uncle, who passed on to him a taste for art and archaeology.
Thanks to the involvement of the architect and designer Josef Hoffmann, Gomperz’s pottery was exhibited in the Book of Decorative Arts and promoted at events such as the Werkbund, which was intended to promote innovation in the fields of art and architecture at the beginning of the 20th century.
A strong supporter of artistic independence
In 1926, at the age of twenty-four, the young woman became involved with Viennese businessman Hans Rie, from whom she separated when she moved to London in 1938, as she was about to flee Nazi Austria
His production in the 1940s was intended for milliners and dressmakers and consisted of bolts and ceramic jewellery, some of which are now part of prestigious collections in England, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The end of the war was marked by a return to Rie’s primary inspiration, ceramics. She expresses herself through the design of objects, a quotation from the art of the ancient, even prehistoric past. She tends to purify the lines of her creations, vases, bowls or bottles which always stand out for their roughness. The techniques she likes to use are the result of her in-depth research prior to her design.
Her art became more widespread in the 1960s when she took up a teaching post at the Camberwell School of Art
Rie: a career full of praise
The 1937 World’s Fair featured several pieces made by Lucie Gomperz, which earned her a gold medal and some distinction on the scene of her time.
Lucie Rie gained fame throughout her career, winning favour with her contemporaries. She was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the late 1960s, and Dame Commander in the early 1990s.
His work has resonated around the world and has been exhibited in some of the world’s most famous museums, including MoMA, the Paisley Museum in Scotland and throughout England.
Lucie Rie passed away in 1995, leaving a rich collection of pieces with artistic durability that the art market continues to uphold.
Recognising Lucie Rie’s signature
Like many artists, Lucie Rie did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.
Appraise and sell a ceramic by Lucie Rie
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