porcelain with white glaze and a manganese rim
with the artist's cypher
4 ⅝ in. (11.7 cm) high
8 ¼ in. (21 cm) diameter
Overall in very good condition. This superb bowl combines the elegance of an off-white glaze with complex and variegated manganese surfaces adorning the rim. As pictured in the catalogue photography, one side of the rim displays a lustrous luster drip. The porcelain surface presents with very minor irregularities inherent to the making and to the artist’s handmade technique. The interior of the bowl presents with some very light craquelure to the off-white glaze. One edge of the rim with an extremely minute nick and a corresponding fine hairline, possibly inherent to production and intentionally disguised by the luster drip. The outer surfaces around the foot presents with some very minimal soiling consistent with gentle handling and not visually distracting. A beautiful example of Lucie Rie’s skillful and complex glazing technique.
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