Building on two previous “white glove” sales of Picasso ceramics, Christie’s is gearing up for another June sale of pots and plates by the master to be held in London during the Impressionist and Modern sales:
Christie’s is pleased to announce details of the annual sale dedicated to Picasso Ceramics on 26 June 2014, during Impressionist & Modern Art Week in London. This sale follows the success of the recent online sale of Impressions in Clay: Pablo Picasso Ceramics which was 100 per cent sold by lot and far exceeded its pre-sale estimate, and the 170 lot Picasso Ceramics sale of June 2013 which was also 100 per cent sold by lot.
A highlight of the sale is the unique piece Hibou, where Picasso has used the basic shape of a terracotta floor tile or ‘tomette’ and decorated it very simply with black and white glaze to create a beautiful owl (estimate: £40,000-60,000, illustrated left). Created in 1957, this ceramic was part of Picasso’s estate when he died in 1973 and passed to Jacqueline Roque Picasso. It is a true rarity, showing Picasso at his inventive best. Picasso had a pet owl which lived with him and Francoise Gilot in Paris in the 1940s and 1950s, and the sale includes a number of wonderful editioned owl ceramics.
The sale also includes one of the rarest editioned ceramics, the large terracotta plaque Grande tête de femme au chapeau orné (estimate: £30,000-50,000). In 1964 Picasso created a series of seven plaques using a plaster matrix from earlier linocuts. Only two of the series of seven are on this pictorial scale, and each of these was only produced in an edition of 50. The edition is such a rarity that it has not been seen at auction since the Madoura sale. At 60 cm. high it is one of the largest editioned ceramics.
The sale will also offer a number of gold medallions and silver plates that resulted from Picasso’s collaboration with François Hugo. In addition to a selection of eight playful and beautiful gold medallions from a private Japanese collection, the sale will also offer two large scale silver platters, particularly Vallauris, based upon the ceramic of the same name produced in 1956