NEW YORK — A vase made during the Pablo Picasso-Madoura ceramic works partnership in Vallauris, France comes to market at Capsule Auctions‘ Art and Design auction on Wednesday, September 27. The complete catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.
Picasso (1881-1973) first discovered Madoura pottery during a 1946 art exhibition in Vallauris. He met the owners, Suzanne and Georges Ramié, who invited him to their facility. Before long, a partnership bloomed and Picasso ceramics streamed out of Madoura — by some estimates, more than 9,000 pieces.
So desirable are Picasso-Madoura ceramics that a Christie’s South Kensington sale in 2012 brought an incredible $12,584,141 from just 500-odd lots that came directly from the Madoura works.
Capsule’s example features Picasso’s trademark owl design, is titled Viasge et Hibou (Face and Owl), is marked “Edition Picasso / Madoura” and carries number 114 from a 200-piece edition. Standing 9.5in in height and with provenance from a collection at The Beekman, New York, it has an estimate of $25,000-$30,000.
Fresh from an East Hampton collection is a circa-1910 Tiffany Studios 10-light Lily table lamp. Made with favrile glass and bronze, its eight shades are marked “L.C.T. Favrile” and the base is impressed “TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/381.” It is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
High-style Modernism is also a part of the Capsule sale. A pair of Tommi Parzinger brass table lamps with linen shades in generally good condition is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.