A collection of 126 unique ceramics by Pablo Picasso belonging to the artist’s granddaughter, Marina Picasso, soared well above the pre-sale high estimate to bring a combined total of £12,344,250. The ‘White Glove’, 100% sold, auction saw 87% of lots achieving prices above their high estimates. One of the most extensive and important groups of the artist’s work in this medium, the collection offered an incomparable insight into Picasso’s work in clay and the extraordinary breadth of his creativity and versatility. The top lot was Cabri, a vase of a baby goat, which sold for £485,000, over four times the pre-sale low estimate.
The top lot of the day sale was Le Poulailler by Paul Gauguin, executed during his time in Rouen, which sold for £665,000. A striking and stunning example of miniature portraiture by Henri Matisse, Tête, Marie José also exceeded its pre-sale estimate to raise £461,000.
The June day sale of Impressionist and Modern Art features an exciting and diverse selection of painting and sculpture by leading artists from both genres. Marc Chagall’s joyful Le violoniste au soleil rouge and Joan Miró’sUntitled (La lune bleue) serve as an intriguing foil for another major Miró work, the powerful Danseuse devant le soleil. Henri Matisse’s Les boules de neige is an important early example of the artist’s work, whilst highly significant examples of sculpture by Rembrandt Bugatti, Georg Kolbe and Alberto Giacometti are also included, alongside impressive works by Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Emil Filla.
We are especially honoured and excited to be offering an important group of 126 unique Picasso ceramics - coming directly from the collection of Marina Picasso - which features many of the most interesting examples in this medium and which have never before left the artist’s family.