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    3-17 SEPTEMBER 2020



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Picasso Ceramics will offer 87 ceramic editions by Pablo Picasso in an online-only auction which is open for bidding from 3-17 September 2020. Picasso designed 633 different ceramic editions between 1947 and 1971, with a number of variants and unique pieces resulting from these initial works.

Although he began by producing decorated utilitarian objects, such as plates and bowls, he later produced more complex forms such as pitchers and vases — their handles occasionally shaped to form facial features, or anatomical parts where they depicted animals. Over the course of his lifetime Picasso explored a number of different ceramic techniques, experimenting with paint, playing with form, or engraving the clay’s surface.

Eventually, extensive research led him to adopt two main production methods. The first was based on the painstaking replication of an original object by hand, following its form and decoration as closely as possible. The second saw the artist create original images in dry clay moulds, transferring a design onto fresh clay.

Highlights include Grand vase aux femmes voiles (1950, estimate: £100,000-150,000), a 26-piece dinner service, Service poisson (1947, estimate: £55,000-75,000), and an earthenware pitcher, Femme du barbu (1953, estimate: £25,000-35,000). A trio of plates from the 1950s represent key motifs explored by Picasso through the ceramic medium: Tète de chèvre profil (1952, estimate: £7,000-10,000); Hibou blanc sur fond rouge (1957, estimate: £10,000-15,000); and Jaqueline au chevalet (1956, estimate: £20,000-30,000). Prices begin at £800, offering collectors at all levels an opportunity to acquire a piece by Picasso.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had auction sales in 2019 that totalled £4.5 billion / $5.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price – see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.

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