Unique 1949 work emerges in Sept. 20 sale of Picasso ceramics

Pablo Picasso, ‘Oiseau mangeant un ver,’ est. £30,000-£50,000. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022


Pablo Picasso, ‘Oiseau mangeant un ver,’ est. £30,000-£50,000. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

LONDON – Picasso Ceramics, an online-only sale of ceramics that exude Pablo Picasso’s celebrated joie de vivre, is live for bidding at Christie’s from September 6 to 20. Expressed through the artist’s characteristically energetic colors and playful forms, these whimsical works celebrate an unrivaled period in Picasso’s career. Following the uncertainty of the war years, the artist reveled in his newfound zest for life, absorbing and delighting in the light, color and deep-seated traditions of the South of France, which re-energized his work.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Picasso’s collaboration with the Madoura pottery, a partnership that would last for close to 25 years. This fruitful union brought forth more than 600 different editioned designs, alongside many more unique works of all shapes, subjects and sizes. Inspired by tradition and modernity alike, Picasso’s ceramics represent one of his most experimental mediums of creation.

Pablo Picasso, ‘Visage aux yeux rieurs (A.R. 608),’ est. £25,000-£35,000. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Pablo Picasso, ‘Visage aux yeux rieurs (A.R. 608),’ est. £25,000-£35,000. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

Highlights include a unique work executed in 1949, Oiseau mangeant un ver, which carries an estimate of £30,000-£50,000 ($34,500-$57,500). A sophisticated ceramic with fully worked, sinuous strokes, the piece is an archetypal expression of Picasso’s ingenious exploration of playful forms.

Further highlights similarly exhibit the artist’s endless spontaneity and vigor, including Visage aux yeux rieurs (A.R. 608), a 1969 work estimated at £25,000-£35,000 ($28,750-$40,250) that is offered from a private European collection and sold to benefit a charitable foundation; and Visage au nez noir (A.R. 609), also from 1969 and also estimated at £25,000-£35,000 ($28,750-$40,250), which was executed in a limited edition of 200 examples.

 Pablo Picasso, ‘Visage au nez noir (A.R. 609),’ est. £25,000-£35,000. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022


Pablo Picasso, ‘Visage au nez noir (A.R. 609),’ est. £25,000-£35,000. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

This auction follows the hugely successful Picasso Ceramics online sale held at Christie’s New York in May, which was 100% sold, with five lots selling above $100,000.

Highlights from the Picasso Ceramics sale will be on view at Christie’s headquarters in London as part of the sale exhibition from September 7 to 20.