Last month we reported on a vessel by Magdalene Odundo, which made out like gangbusters at auction by selling for €195,000 ($219,207).
Last week a work by UK designer Dame Lucie Rie also made the news. Some of her work was up for auction through Phillips at their Design show in London on October 1st. The auction house reported that her Footed Bowl sold for £68,500 ($103,435, €92,475), a personal record for Rie’s work. The bowl more than doubled its estimate of £20,000 – 30,000.
We did some checking and found that another bowl set a record for Rie a little less than one year ago. The blue-glazed work was purchased by agents acting on behalf of an overseas client for £57,340. The Phillips auction tops this one by more than £10,000.
Footed Bowl netted nowhere close to Odundo’s haul but perhaps they’re examples of an upward trend in the UK design market. In Rie’s case, that’s certainly true.
Bill Rodgers is the General Editor of CFile.
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