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.
Grand vase aux femmes voilées
Personnages et têtes
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
Madoura turned pitchers of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes; glazed inside.
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 No 59
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
( Photo – Edward Quinn )