Kintsugi Art: Dame Lucie Rie plate
Dame Lucie Rie Plate
Kintsugi by KintsugiWabiSabi
The Plate was formerly owned by Mr Ian Selinger, who’s maternal grandfather was Dr Theodore Hertzberg Frankle known as Pop to the family, a lawyer by training who soon tired of the Viennese Law courts and decided to venture into the paper making business where he made strong links with the UK.
In 1938 Dr Frankle and his wife Martha and two daughters left Vienna narrowly escaping being sent to the concentration camps by entering Germany then out through Holland and making there way to the UK there to settle in Hampstead London, with many other well to do Jewish families including the Freud's.
Dr Frankle was instigational in getting Hans and Lucie Rie Permission to come to the UK.
He was there friend and benefactor and over proceding years used to take Lucie's ‘seconds’ using them to plant bulbs which he then gave away as presents.
The Plate on display would have been used under one of these flower bowls.
A letter verifying this statement and signed by Ian Selinger also comes with the plate that was such a pleasure to work on.
Kintsugi Artist and Owner KintsugiWabi Sabi
Kintsugi is a very sympathetic method of repair that follows a 500 year Japanese tradition, but unlike modern ceramic restoration it encroaches very little on the original material.
Kintsugi embraces change, and in the case of broken pottery it seeks to enhance/make beautiful that which is broken, brings it new life.
The damage/breakage is my inspiration, and in the case of this small plate I saw the shape of a fish on the damaged area of the rim, with a fish being the oriental symbol of good fortune it seemed only fitting for this plates new life, and likewise the firing blister became a crab.
I use authentic Kintsugi materials imported from Japan. Black Urushi lacquer has been used on the missing areas, with the surface being embedded with grains of pure silver powder, then all outlined with pure gold lacquer.
Fish and crab eyes made from mother of pearl with an Abalone Kintsugi "K" on the back repair, along with my personal CK signature.
The word “Kintsugi” translates to “golden joinery”. It is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with Japanese urushi lacquer dusted with powdered gold or silver.
This repair method celebrates each artifact’s unique history by emphasizing its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it with new life.
In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.