Pablo Picasso Ceramics: The Madoura Collection

Pablo Picasso was undoubtedly an extraordinary 20th century painter but  I also feel that in the  field of Impressionism his ceramics were also remarkable. All of Picasso’s ceramics were produced at the Madoura pottery run by the Ramie family in Vallauris in the south of France. Picasso first visited the pottery in 1946 and returned every year, making more than 3,500 plates, vases, pitchers and other forms – hundreds of which were turned into edition pieces.. Edition Picasso ceramics were made in multiples of 25 to 500.    You don’t have to have deep pockets or be a founding partner of Google to pick up your own Picasso. Ceramics by the artist can be bought for as little as £600 to £1200. At the recent Picasso Ceramics: The Madoura Collection auction at Christie’s on 25-26 June, 543 Lots were on offer and the whole collection was sold. Many ceramics which had remained untouched since they were created were on offer and  pre – sale expectations were exceeded by up to four times during the auction. I dropped the video in to highlight the size of some of the pieces followed by some  images of items that were sold.




Picasso Ceramic Canard pique-fleurs

Canard pique-fleurs

Grand vase aux femmes voilées - Pablo Picasso

Grand vase aux femmes voilées

Pichet-espagnol Pablo Picasso


Personnages et têtes Pablo Picasso

Personnages et têtes

Personnages et têtes

Figures 1956

White Enamel



Estimate – $4000 – 6000

Realized – $34,850

Grande tête de femme au chapeau orné

( Large Woman’s Head with Ornate Hat ) – 1964


This was one of the more inexpensive pieces that went for $3700

Visage de femme

Visage de femme

Taureau gravé


 Madoura turned pitchers of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes; glazed inside.

Picasso La Danse


Femme au Chapeau a Fleurs, Woman with Flowery Hat, 1964

 Red earthenware clay rectangular plaque

Cavalier Faun, 1956

A ceramic round dish of white earthenware clay depicting a faun on horseback surrounded by a border of smiling, circular faces.


Visage Bowl Pablo Picasso

Visage No 59




Pablo Picasso terracotta ceramic



Gros oiseau visage noir


Tête de chèvre de profil



Visage gravé noir

Jacqueline’s Profile, 1956,

Somewhat hieroglyphic in nature, this depiction of Picasso’s second wife Jacqueline conveys her as strikingly beautiful; with decorative hair, large eyes, and triangular nose, she brings to mind an Egyptian pharaoh. Picasso’s dark brown lines pop against the glossy ivory background, further highlighting Jacqueline’s iconic profile.

Some other Pablo Picasso works :


A glass work by  Picasso evoking both the symbolism and imagery of peace through this brilliantly crafted dove relief. Its bright, Lapis Lazuli Blue coupled with its glimmering luminescence when held to the light, allows this bird to truly take flight.

L’Attente (The Wait), 1966

 This work is typical of the early Parisian subjects that contributed to Picasso’s paintings.

( Masterworks Fine Art )

Portrait of Marie Therese  – 1937

Pablo Picasso

( Photo – Edward Quinn )

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Have a Madoura Colombe-brilliant plate. How do I determine authenticity? Can I get a picture of back of plate showing Madoura stamp?

  2. Bobby Furst
    Posted February 17, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I have a 9 1/2 ” round ceramic plate with a black background, green dots, with a simple white line face with devil horns, an open eye, a winking eye( ?), a slight smile, with brown dot checks. On the back, in blue glaze letters it says” Madoura “, the letter ” E “, the letters CR with a half circle through (under) the “R”. It also has an impressed rectangle with the word “Capres” above the word “Picasso”. There is also an impressed symbol in the shape of a mushroom with some indistinguishable writing. Can someone give me any history on this plate? Thanks !

  3. Kim Gallagher
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    I have a plate that has the Madoura signature and stamp on the back. the plate has a rabbit like figure on the front in broad black strokes such as Picasso used in his animal depictions on his pottery in that time period. How do I authenticate this piece? Were all of the works of Picasso signed and numbered?

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