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Bottle: C.535-2016

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Potter: Rie, Lucie




Long necked porcelain bottle, with wide rim. Matt white with spiral in brown and green.


History note: Bought by Shakeshaft from Henry Rothschild's 'Ceramic Form' exhibition at Kettle's Yard. 1st June 1975

Legal notes

Bequeathed by John Shakeshaft

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


20th Century
After 1940 CE - Before 1975-06 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 developed her iconic swooping bottle forms in the 1960s, making them in stoneware with a white glaze, or using two coloured stoneware clays to achieve a blended, swirling effect. Each section of the tall bottles was thrown separately and then joined to the next using a difficult, spiral-throwing technique. These pots proved very popular and Rie admitted, ‘the spirals have been good to me’. She also noted of the bottle from the Victoria and Albert Museum that ‘the pink comes from the chemist’, meaning that she bought in a pre-prepared glaze.

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: LR
  • Location: On foot
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.535-2016
Primary reference Number: 208192
Sale catalogue photo number: K78
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Audit data

Created: Monday 8 February 2016 Updated: Thursday 6 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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