The continued success of Pablo Picasso's Madoura pottery at auction has been demonstrated yet again by the sale of a characteristic pitcher in Ohio on July 31.
Picasso's Madoura works have been seeing strong results ever since Christie's world record breaking auction in June, where his Grand vase aux femmes voilees achieved a total of £735,650, becoming the most valuable Madoura work ever sold at auction. The Christie's sale also saw four other examples of his ceramic work surpass the previous record, which was set in 2010.
The piece in the current auction, entitled Visage a femme, saw solid results at $6,000 against a $5,000-7,000 estimate. It was first conceived by Picasso in 1953 and was executed at France's Madoura pottery in a limited edition of 200. Signed "Edition Picasso 71/200 Madoura", the striking piece remained in good overall condition despite two chips at the edge of the base, which lowered its value to collectors.
In a similar fashion to another July 14 auction of Picasso ceramics, the mid-range item offered at yesterday's sale offered a fantastic opportunity to own an original piece from the artist without paying the hundreds of thousands that his paintings usually command at auction.
Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering our readers the chance to own this autograph from Pablo Picasso on a postcard of one of his most famous paintings.
Another of the auction's successes came from a large figural group from the Meissen factory. Entitled The Surprise, the piece was created after a model by JJ Kandler, which itself originates from a William Hogarth engraving. It was sold for $4,400 against a $4,000-6,000 estimate.