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Ceramics by Pablo Picasso at Sotheby’s

A unique collection of vases, pitchers, plates, bowls and platters with the famous artist’s signature will be up for sale at Sotheby’s London. The creative pieces are an ideal opportunity for lovers of his unmatched style and creativity to own part of his artistic brilliance.

Picasso ceramics Sotheby's

Around 150 pieces are available – some completely one-of-a-kind and others editioned designs, such as the Joueur de Diaule platter from 1947 priced between £5,000 and £8,000. This is the first ceramic Picasso design that has made an edition and has both Madoura and Edition Picasso back stamps.

Familiar motifs, such as the peace dove, owl, horse and bull, adorn the ceramic pieces and will surely attract the attention of Picasso aficionados. A one-of-a-kind Colombe de la Paix platter from 1954 has been signed by the painter in green paint and dated “7 Juin 54” with the Madoura stamp. Its asking price is £40,000. In total the famous artist made 13 plates with variations of the same motif for the 13th Congress of the French Communist Party. Chouette – a beautiful an owl-shaped vase from 1968 is priced at £9,000 and a Picador bowl, made in 1955 and depicting a matador and bull, is sold for £2,500.

Picasso ceramics Sotheby's

Of course, it cannot be a Picasso collection without his signature representation of the human form and, particularly, the face. The Service Visage Noir is a complete set of 12 plates and one dish, from an edition of 100 made in 1948 and is priced at £40,000. Each of the pieces has the inscription “Pour Catherine et Jean Louis” and was probably a wedding present to Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth in 1949.

Picasso ceramics Sotheby's

Women or, more importantly, Picasso’s women are also well-represented in the collection with buyers having a chance to own pieces inspired by his muses. The Pichet à Glace is a beautiful 1952 water pitcher with alluring feminine form.