A collection of extraordinary ceramics, gold and silver works and Vallauris exhibition posters by Spanish maestro Pablo Picasso will go on sale at Sotheby’s London on May 7 2014. The auction labeled “Important Ceramics by Pablo Picasso” features a diverse collection with estimates ranging from $600 to $100,000. A total of 170 lots are available for collectors who always wanted to own works of Picasso. Items include pots, plates, bowls, vases, jugs, plaques and tiles.
Most of Picasso’s ceramic work was done after his move to Vallauris in the South of France in 1946. There he met the owners of the famous Madoura pottery workshop Georges and Suzanne Ramié. At the age of 64 he learnt ins and outs of ceramic pottery from the Ramié’s in their workshop. His created over 600 pieces over a period of 24 years at the worksop and all his creations came with an engraved Madoura stamp. Inspired by the surroundings of the Côte d’Azur, his creations feature motifs from the area that include bullfighting scenes, portraits and nature – goats, birds, and fish.
Since the Royal Academy’s flagship exhibition of Picasso’s ceramics in 1998 there has been a renewed appreciation for his ceramic works. An exhibition currently on view in Sèvres, Paris until 19 May – Picasso, Ceramicist, and the Mediterranean – is the biggest ever dedicated to Picasso’s ceramics.
Large Corrida Bird – Est $99,000-$132,000
Number 7 of 25 numbered copies produced. Artificially glazed and painted, with the Madoura and d’Après Picasso stamps.
Made in 1957, this is the number 84 of 100 made. Inscribed with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps.
Terre de faïence plate, 1949, a unique variant with additional decoration by the artist on the underside, glazed and painted, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps.
Gold pendant, 1973, with the stamped signature and numbered 19/20 on the reverse, with the goldsmith’s mark ‘MH’ and the French assay mark for gold, stamped ‘916’ for 22-carat gold and numbered ‘1435’ on the reverse, with the original fitted wooden case incised Pablo Picasso.
Terre de faïence tile, 1971, numbered 9/500, with the workshop numbering, with the Madoura and Poinçon Original de Picasso stamps.