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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, LONDON

Pablo Picasso
BAGUE DE FORME OVALE. PORTRAIT DE DORA MAAR 
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, LONDON

Pablo Picasso
BAGUE DE FORME OVALE. PORTRAIT DE DORA MAAR 
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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
BAGUE DE FORME OVALE. PORTRAIT DE DORA MAAR 
ink and coloured pencil on paper in a yellow-metal composite ring
image size: 2.5 by 1.4cm., 1 by 1/2 in. (oval)
overall size: 4 by 2.5cm., 1 1/2 by 1in. (oval)
Executed circa 1936-39.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Claude Picasso.

Provenance

Dora Maar, France (a gift from the artist. Sold: Piasa, Paris, Les Picassos de Dora Maar, 27-28th October 1998, lot 91)

Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

This ring, containing Picasso’s exquisite portrait of Dora Maar, was a gift from the artist to his lover in the 1930s. In his 1993 publication about their relationship, James Lord recounted the story of its inception: ‘Dora and Picasso one day were strolling on the Pont Neuf, they had a bitter altercation in the course of which the artist reproached his mistress for having prevailed on him to give a work of art in exchange for a bauble (a cabochon ruby set in a gold and agathe ring), whereupon Dora took the ring from her finger and threw it into the Seine, silencing her lover. She later regretted having been so impulsive. A few months afterwards, the riverbed at that spot was being dredged, and for several days Dora haunted the spot, in hopes of recovering her ring. But it was lost for good. And through Picasso’s fault […] she kept at him until he created a ring of his own design for her’ (J. Lord, Picasso and Dora: A Personal Memoir, New York, 1993, p. 215).

The result was a small series of pieces of jewellery, usually found objects which Picasso then adapted either through inclusion of a drawing or in some cases incising an image into the metal. Of these works, the present Portrait de Dora Maar is among the most attractive, with the intricacy of the enamel surround providing a striking counterpoint to the artist’s portrait of his lover. The ring seems a particularly fitting symbol of their love; the legendary story of one of their first encounters, when Picasso came across Dora Maar seated at a table in Les Deux Magots driving a small knife into the wooden table between the fingers of her gloved hands, sometimes drawing blood. Entranced by this dangerous game, Picasso introduced himself and at the end of the evening took the gloves as a memento. Maar’s hands then had always been a particularly charged motif in their tempestuous and impassioned relationship and from the story of the ring’s inception it is clear that they remained so.

Portrait de Dora Maar remained in Dora Maar’s personal collection until her death in 1997 and was purchased at the sale of her estate by the present owner.  

This work has been requested for the exhibition L'Art vous va si bien: Bijoux d'artistes at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris from March to July 2018.

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