Picasso’s dream that anyone could own one of his works was further cemented at our 18 March 2015 sale of Important Ceramics by Pablo Picasso. The auction almost tripled its pre-sale low estimate to bring £1,726,625 ($2,548,153), with a 95% sell-through rate by lot and 68% of the works sold achieving prices above their high estimates. Seven of the top ten prices established records for the subjects. The top lot, Tripode, soared above its estimate to bring £233,000 (est. £55,000-65,000), while many pieces reached amounts well above pre-sale expectations, including Chouette visage de femme, which sold for £37,500, more than 12 times its estimate.
This sale of ceramics by Pablo Picasso presents a comprehensive picture of the artist’s work in this medium. The auction comprises a selection of Picasso’s most valuable and rare ceramics, including: Tripode, Pichet à glace andCanard pique-fleurs, while it also offers a range of more affordable ceramic objects: pieces that constitute some of the most attainable examples of the artist’s work available on the international market. The sale also represents Picasso’s fruitful investigations into glass and silver; materials with which this modern master is less frequently associated. In conjunction, an important group of Picasso’s linoleum cuts—prints conceived concurrently with the artist’s ceramic productions in Vallauris in the south of France—is offered here.