Tea service, Austria

Tea service, Austria

Tea service
Made by Lucie Rie (1902-95)
Austria, Vienna
About 1936
Red earthenware, burnished
Museum no. C.34 to E-1982
Given by Lucie Rie

Lucie Rie is one of the 20th century's most celebrated potters. The flaring bowls and vases of her post-war period in Britain are greatly admired for their subtlety and delicacy.

This group of teawares exemplifies her earlier, Viennese period, which responds to modernism, but also draws on classical and archaic art. These pieces reflect Rie's interest in Roman burnished redwares.