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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1960-1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rie, Lucie, born 1902 - died 1995 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with manganese glaze and sgraffito lines

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Simon Cooper in memory of Ruth Wertheimer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 1

Lucie Rie made great use of sgraffito decoration, where lines are incised through a layer of slip or glaze. This fine early bowl provides a good example of her use of the technique, and also exemplies her subtle and refined approach to form.

Physical description

Shallow porcelain bowl of flaring form. Decorated with a manganese glaze through which radiating sgraffito lines have been drawn, on both inner and outer surfaces.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca.1960-1965 (made)


Rie, Lucie, born 1902 - died 1995 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with manganese glaze and sgraffito lines

Marks and inscriptions

'LR' interlaced monogram, impressed within footring


Height: 8.7 cm, Diameter: 22.0 cm

Object history note

According to his executor, John Gray, "Simon Cooper inherited this Lucie Rie Bowl from his godmother RUTH WERTHEIMER who died in the mid 1990's. She was a college friend of his mother. She was a former HMI in Education. Simon was a Lecturer in Central School of Speech and Drama for 26 years before he retired early through ill-health in 1996. He was the author of the A' Level Book on Theatre Studies (still in use). He himself was an amateur potter and he decided that the pot after his death should be given to a Museum. Simon died prematurely on 4 July 2005." See email of 17/10/2006 on acquisition RF 2005/321.

Descriptive line

Porcelain bowl with manganese glaze and sgraffito lines, Lucie Rie, London, ca.1960-65

Production Note

A date in the early 1960s has been suggested by Anita Besson, who thought this to be a fine example.


Ceramics; Porcelain; Studio Pottery


Ceramics Collection

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