Picasso Ceramics: Lord & Lady Attenborough's Collection

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Sotheby's will offer Lord and Lady Attenborough's stunning private collection of Picasso ceramics for auction in November. They amassed the works over a fifty year period, acquiring many of them from the south of France on family holidays, in the same region that Picasso first turned his attention to working in ceramics. The diverse collection of vases, plates and jugs bear many of Picasso's signature motifs such as faces, flora and fauna – and includes a number of unique works hand painted by the artist, as well as editions made with the Madoura pottery in Vallauris. Join us for at New Bond Street for a gallery talk with Marilyn McCully, renowned Picasso ceramics expert and author of Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection on Sunday 20 November at 2pm. For more information and to reserve your place email: rachel.david@sothebys.com

Lord & Lady Attenborough: A Life in Art – The Celebrated Private Collection of Picasso Ceramics
22 November | London

 

Picasso Ceramics: Lord & Lady Attenborough's Collection

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    From left to right: Pablo Picasso, Pichet à Glace (A.R. 142), 1952. Numbered 1/100 inscribed 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura', with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps (Estimate £12,000–18,000) and Vase au décor pastel (A.R. 190), 1953. Numbered 9/200, incised 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura', with the Madoura and Edition Picasso stamps (Estimate £5,000–7,000); a picture of Pablo Picasso, whom Lord Attenborough met in 1963 during an exhibition at the Madoura Gallery in Vallauris.  

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    From left to right: Pablo Picasso, Grand vase aux femmes nues (A.R. 115), 1950. Numbered 18/25, incised 'Vallauris Mai 50' with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps (Estimate £250,000–350,000); Tête de chèvre de profil (A.R. 151), 1952. From an edition of 100, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps (Estimate £8,000–12,000); Personnages et têtes (A.R. 242), 1954. Numbered 5/25, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps (Estimate £50,000–70,000); Tête de taureau (A.R. 329), 1956. (Estimate £5,000–7,000); Vase aztèque aux quatre visages (A.R. 402), 1957. Numbered 6/100, incised 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura', with the Edition Picasso and Madoura Stamps (Estimate £40,000–60,000).

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    A number of the Picasso ceramics from the collection in the drawing room of Lord and Lady Attenborough's home, Old Friar's, in Richmond, London.



    From left to right:



    Pablo Picasso, Visage de femme, 1951. Painted, incised and partially glazed ceramic jug with long spout. Unique, authenticated by Claude Picasso. Estimate £120,000–180,000.



    Pablo Picasso, Vase gros oiseau vert (A.R. 453), 1960. Numbered 17/25, with the Madoura and Edition Picasso stamps. Estimate £50,000–70,000.



    Pablo Picasso,Tripode (A.R. 125), 1951. Numbered 35/37, with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Estimate £80,000–120,000.



    Pablo Picasso, Le barbu (A.R. 217), 1953. From the edition of 500, with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Estimate £8,000–12,000.


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    A selection of vases, plates and jugs in situ at Old Friars, showing the breadth of Picasso's ceramic designs and the diversity of the Attenborough’s collection, underneath Autumn Legend a painting by Alan Reynolds, which will be included in the Modern & Post War British Art sale on 23 November.



    Back row:



    Pablo Picasso, Taureau (A.R. 255), 1955. Numbered 4/100, incised 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura', with the Edition Picasso and Madoura Stamps. Estimate £30,000–50,000.



    Pablo Picasso, Bouteille Gravée (A.R. 248), 1954. From the edition of 100, with the Madoura and Edition Picasso stamps. Estimate £10,000–15,000.



    Pablo Picasso, Visage (A.R. 611), 1969. Numered 472/500, incised 'Edition Picasso' with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Estimate £3,000–5,000.



    Pablo Picasso, Lampe femme (A.R. 294), 1955. From the edition of 100, with the Madoura and d’Après Picasso stamps. Estimate £8,000–12,000.



    Middle row, from centre:



    Pablo Picasso, Visage, 1947. Stamped Madoura plein feu on the reverse. Unique, authenticated by Claude Picasso.



    Pablo Picasso, Têtes (A.R. 367), 1956. From the edition of 500, incised 'Edition Picasso', with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Estimate £1,500–2,500.



    Front row:



    Pablo Picasso, Toros (A.R. 161), 1952. From the dition of 500, incised 'Edition Picasso', with the Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps. Estimate £12,000–3,000.



    Pablo Picasso, Visage no. 101 (A.R. 475), 1963. Numbered 1/150, inscribed 'Madoura' and 'Edition Picasso'. Estimate £4,000–6,000.



    Pablo Picasso, Visage au nez prince (A.R. 440), 1959. Numbered 93/100, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps. Estimate £4,000–6,000.



    Pablo Picasso, Tête de chevre profil (A.R. 106), 1950. From the edition of 50, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps. Estimate £3,000–5,000.



    Pablo Picasso, Visage no. 179 (A.R. 490), 1963. Numbered 3/150, inscribed 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura'. Estimate £4,000–6,000.

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    Pablo Picasso, Service Scènes de Corrida, (A.R. 424–431), 1959. The complete set of eight terre de faïenche dishes, 1959.  Each numbered 46/50, with the Empreinte Originale de Picasso and Madoura stamps. Estimate £30,000–50,000.


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    Pablo Picasso, Oiseaux et poissons (A.R. 291), 1955. Numbered 19/25, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps. Estimate £40,000–60,000.

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    Pablo Picasso, Tête de chèvre de profil (A.R. 151), 1952. From an edition of 100, with the Madoura and Empreinte Originale de Picasso stamps. Estimate £8,000–12,000.

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    Pablo Picasso, Visage de femme, 1951. Painted, incised and partially glazed ceramic jug with long spout. Unique, authenticated by Claude Picasso. Estimate £120,000–180,000.


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    Pablo Picasso designed ceramics including Oiseaux et poissons (Estimate £40,000–60,000); Tripode (Estimate £80,000–120,000); Vase gros oiseau vert (Estimate £50,000–70,000) and Visage de femme (Estimate £120,000–180,000).

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