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Buttons up at the Bleasdales sale

‘More affordable’ Lucie Rie lots head a selection of hammer highlights from summer sales

While the days are long gone when one could buy anything by Lucie Rie for buttons, one can, at a price, purchase buttons by Rie – as was shown at the summer sale held by sewing-world specialist Bleasdales (20% buyer’s premium).

Among the 675 lots at the biannual sale at Warwick on July 25 was a collection of 43 glass buttons made by Rie and Fritz Lampl.

Like Dame Lucie, Lampl fled his native Vienna ahead of the Nazis, closing his Bimini Glass Factory there in 1938 and founding it, later renamed Orplid Glass, in London.

During the war years, the factory switched from producing decorative blown glass figures, cocktail sticks and the like, to buttons. Dame Lucie, who had to abandon her pottery venture after war broke out, worked at the factory until 1945.

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