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Grand Vase Aux Femmes Voilées
By Pablo Picasso
Conceived in 1950 and executed in an edition of 25 pieces
Estimated price: £70,000-100,000
Price realised: £735,650

On the 25th and 26th of June, Christie’s had the great privilege of auctioning The Madoura Collection of Picasso Ceramics, an outstanding selection of approximately 550 ceramics in perfect condition straight from the French workshop where Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) created them.

After meeting Suzanne and Georges Ramié in 1946, Picasso eagerly accepted an invitation to visit their workshop in Madoura, and after finding such inspiration in this previously unexplored medium, he continued to return to the workshop over the next 20 years where he created many masterpieces.

Picasso Ceramics, which included plates, bowls, chargers, vases, pitchers and tiles modelled from earthenware or terracotta, highlight many of the artist’s characteristic themes, such as mythological and anthropomorphic forms, bull-fighting pieces, and animal and human portraits.

The top lot of the sale was Grand Vase Aux Femmes Voilées, which sold for more than 10 times the presale estimate, realising £735,650. This set a new world record price for a Picasso ceramic edition at auction.

Christie’s auction of Picasso Ceramics: The Madoura Collection took place on June 25 and 26 at Christie’s in South Kensington. For further information please visit http://www.christies.com.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on September 2, 2012.