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Bowl: C.530-2016

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Potter: Rie, Lucie




Small stoneware footed bowl, with oval rim. Matt brown/black. Vertical lines are scribed through the glaze on the outside.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by John Shakeshaft

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2016) by Shakeshaft, John, Dr


20th Century
1976 CE - 1978 CE


Label text from the exhibition ‘Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery’ on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 20 March until 17 June 2018: Lucie Rie is better known for her white and coloured pots, but she did make a number of very dark pieces using a manganese glaze. Rie regarded this dark palette as one of her finest accomplishments; she shared some of her glaze recipes with other potters, but refused to divulge this gold-bronze effect as it had taken her years to achieve. A group of later dark works came from a firing in May 1981 in which, inexplicably, most of the pots came out of the kiln an all-over black. Rie could not understand why this had happened, but in retrospect, saw the black pots as an omen of Hans Coper’s death in June of that year.

Components of the work

At Widest Point Diameter 16.3 cm
At Base Diameter 5 cm

Materials used in production

brown/black Glaze

Techniques used in production

Decoration (process)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: LR
  • Location: Base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.530-2016
Primary reference Number: 208187
Sale catalogue photo number: K107
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Audit data

Created: Monday 8 February 2016 Updated: Friday 7 July 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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