Sotheby's inaugural Important Ceramics by Pablo Picasso sale on 7 May brought a total of £1.5 million ($2.6 million), exceeding the pre-sale high estimate of £1.1 million. The group of plates, vases, jugs, bowls and tiles depicting a range of classical and mythical forms alongside portraits of animals and people achieved prices ranging from £1,063 up to £68,500. The auction was 98.3% sold by lot, with almost 85% of lots sold achieving prices above their high estimates.
Sotheby’s London is delighted to offer an exceptional selection of Picasso ceramics, gold and silver editions, and Vallauris exhibition posters in our inaugural Picasso Ceramics sale on 7 May 2014.
Beginning with his first trip to Vallauris in the summer of 1946, Pablo Picasso remained enchanted by the freedom and expressive nature of the ceramic medium throughout the last 25 years of his life. Working with the Ramié family during these years, Picasso found great satisfaction in working with clay – the alchemy of working with slips and glazes, the effects of texture and colour, and the daily life of the artisan attracted him greatly.
These elements, combined with the surroundings of the Côte d’Azur, created a source of inspiration for Picasso, and we see many motifs recurring such as the fish, goats, birds and famous corridas of the area. In these works we truly see Picasso’s freedom of thought and creative powers, and the sense of playfulness for which he was so renowned.