The Viennese ceramicist Lucie Rie was born in 1902 and came to be one of the great contributors to the Vienna Workshop, Wiener Werkstätte, a group of architects, designers, artists and ceramicists who would be part of the foundation laid for modern-day design.

The shapes of her work were inspired by ancient forms, however completely in line with the Wekstätte movement's pre-modernist style. Her designs were well appreciated, and in 1937 she won a silver medal at the Exposition in Paris.

After having fled from the Nazis and settled down in London she started making ceramic buttons and jewellery and sold to fashion designers as buttons were subject to wartime restrictions.

In her studio in London, she sheltered the German Hans Coper who through their friendship also found his mission to be within the world of ceramics. Hans Coper is also represented at the Maak sale on May 17th, 2018.

Small Flower Vase, circa 1960 Porcelain, mixed clays producing an integral vivid pink spiral beneath a pale green crackle glaze, impressed LR seal H 14.4cm, D 9.2cm PROVENANCE: Private Collection, United Kingdom Small Flower Vase, circa 1960 Porcelain, mixed clays producing an integral vivid pink spiral beneath a pale green crackle glaze, impressed LR seal H 14.4cm, D 9.2cm PROVENANCE: Private Collection, United Kingdom

As the war was coming to an end and Lucie Rie could continue her work as a ceramicist among turntables and kilns she confirmed her style as being a mix of modernity and ancient influences. She is even said to have been even more inspired by prehistoric figures after visiting the Neolithic and Bronze Age collections in the archaeological museum in Avebury, in the south of England.

Lucie Rie tirelessly kept on producing beautiful designs until nearly 90 years of age.

Read more about Lucie Rie here!

At Barnebys you can find all lots from Maak up for auction on May 17th, 2018.

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