Picasso’s daughter Paloma once said: ‘We had a menagerie in the house. My father was like St. Francis of Assisi – animals couldn’t resist his aura.’
This April Sotheby’s will offer an important single-owner collection of ceramics that celebrates Picasso’s enduring adoration for the animal kingdom. Picasso’s Menagerie: A Collector’s Legacy will feature works inspired by the artist’s beloved owl, Ubu, and goat, Esmeralda, alongside whimsical interpretations of birds, bulls and mythological creatures. Highlights of the sale include Picasso’s monumental Gros oiseau visage noir (A. R. 185) (estimate £80,000-120,000), the playful Taureau (A. R. 255) (estimate £50,000-70,000), and the majestic Canard pique-fleurs (A. R. 117) (estimate £40,000-60,000).