People normally talk only about the most expensive paintings by Pablo Picasso but not everyone knows that the creative genius had worked with ceramics also over a long period of time. Christie’s is hosting a sale on June 25 and 26 of almost the entire collection of Pablo Picasso ceramics. The collection belongs to Madoura Pottery, the French workshop with whom Picasso worked from 1946 through 1971. The workshop kept individual copies of each creation known as the editor’s proof. It is these copies of Picasso’s creations over the years that will go under the hammer at the Christie’s sale.
There are a total of 550 pieces that would go for sale during the two day auction and most of the pieces are these editor’s proofs. The pre sales estimate puts the value of this collection to as much as $3.2 million. India Phillips, an impressionist in her own right and Modern Art specialist at Christie’s believes that it is a one-off chance for art lovers in general and Picasso lovers in particular. She has personally inspected each and every piece that would be going up for sale. It cannot get more reliable as you would be buying from the place where Picasso actually made them. The pottery is now defunct and that’s why it is the last opportunity to buy directly from the source.
The collection features the three holy grails of Picasso ceramics. They are considered the best he has done with ceramics. They are the trio of Grand vases made by him. They stand 27.5 inches tall and each one of them was made in editions of 25. Editor’s proofs of each of the three are part of the sale. The last high profile auction of Picasso ceramics was seen in December 2010 when a pair of identical Grand vases set the record at Sotheby’s Paris at $825,000 for the pair. The estimates made for the editor’s proof of the vase ranges from $64,000 to $160,000.