Property from a Private British Collection
DAME LUCIE RIE
each piece impressed with Artist's seal
stoneware with a cream and manganese glaze
height of coffee pot: 19cm.; 7½in.
Executed circa 1960.
There is an extremely tiny nip to the extreme lip of the coffee pot, visible upon very close inspection. Elsewhere there are some very minor instances of pitting to the underside of the saucers, in keeping with the nature of the artist's materials and only visible upon very close inspection. There are some traces of surface dirt and matter visible upon close inspection, but this excepting the works appear in very good overall condition.
Ultraviolet light reveal an area of old, discoloured spray restoration to a very fine hairline running down the side of one of the cups. This restoration has discoloured over the course of time.
Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Galerie Besson, London, where acquired by the family of the present owner, 29th November 1990
London, Galerie Besson, Domestic War by Artist-Potters, November - December 1990, un-numbered exhibition.