The Sotheby’s auction house reports that a March 18 sale of Pablo Picasso ceramics almost tripled its pre-sale estimate by bringing in £1,726,625 ($2,548,153). “Important Ceramics by Pablo Picasso” had a 95 percent sell-through rate by lot and 68 percent of the works sold higher than their initial estimate.
Above image: Pablo Picasso, Visage À La Barbiche. Estimate: £4,000 — £6,000. Sold: £10,000.
Sotheby’s states of the sale:
“This sale of ceramics by Pablo Picasso presents a comprehensive picture of the artist’s work in this medium. The auction comprises a selection of Picasso’s most valuable and rare ceramics, including: Tripode, Pichet à glace andCanard pique-fleurs, while it also offers a range of more affordable ceramic objects: pieces that constitute some of the most attainable examples of the artist’s work available on the international market. The sale also represents Picasso’s fruitful investigations into glass and silver; materials with which this modern master is less frequently associated. In conjunction, an important group of Picasso’s linoleum cuts—prints conceived concurrently with the artist’s ceramic productions in Vallauris in the south of France—is offered here.”
Below are some of our selections from the sale.
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