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Vase with wide mouth: C.32-1972

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 30


Vase with wide mouth


Potter: Rie, Lucie




Buff stoneware, thrown, and glazed. The vase has a bulbous body narrowing to a narrow foot, a long tapering, flattened neck flaring out at the top into a wide undulating, dish-like rim. The lower body is covered with a mottled sage-green, brown and buff glaze. The inside of the mouth is glazed with a grey-white and borwon glaze in a spiral pattern whcih continues down the neck. The glaze on the upper parts has crazed.


History note: Charles Handley-Read Collection; bought from Thomas Stainton, the executor of the Handley-Read Estate

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 36.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1972) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


20th Century, third quarter#
Elizabeth II
Production date: circa AD 1971


Lucie Rie DBE (1902-1995) was Britain’s most prominent modernist potter. She studied ceramics at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule and won a silver medal at the Paris International Exhibition before fleeing to London in 1938. During the war years she developed a business making tableware and press-moulded buttons at Albion Mews, near Hyde Park. Hans Coper, also an émigré joined her from 1946-1958 and later they exhibited together and both taught at Camberwell and the Royal College of Art. Inspired by Scandinavian modernism, Rie worked in stoneware and porcelain to make elegant vessel forms with gentle ribbed patterns, textured glazes or pitted surfaces. Her colours are generally pale and muted, though some later porcelain is startlingly bright. Rie’s studio has been reconstructed at the V & A Museum.

School or Style

Studio Ceramics

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Lower Body Diameter 16 cm
Rim Width 19 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, and glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in rectangular seal

  • Text: LR monogram
  • Location: On recessed base
  • Method of creation: Impressed in seal
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.32-1972
Primary reference Number: 81913
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 December 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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