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A Picasso Dove for the Ramiés

Published on , by Anne Doridou-Heim
Auction on 17 March 2021 - 16:00 (CET) - 37, rue des Mathurins - 75008 Paris

The dispersal of the Jean and Huguette Ramié Collection featured a distinguished guest who sent bids soaring yet again.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Colombe (Dove) dish, 1949, earthenware with incised and... A Picasso Dove for the Ramiés

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Colombe (Dove) dish, 1949, earthenware with incised and painted slips and metal oxide decoration under glaze, 38.5 x 31 cm (15.15 x 12.20 in).
Result: €156,000
© Succession Picasso, Paris, 2021

The sale proved what fertile soil the Madoura de Vallauris studio provided for ceramicists and artists thanks to the intelligence of its founders, Jean and Huguette Ramié, and their incredible relationship with Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Picasso’s 1967 painting Tête de mousquetaire (Head of a Musketeer, 45.8 x 38.2 cm/18.03 x 15.03 in) valiantly triumphed at €1,645,800, but the real highlight was the ceramics. The 1956 tile Faune en buste aux marottes (Bust of a Faun with Hand Puppets) sold for €62,500; the 1965 tile painted with a Tête d'homme barbu (Head of a Bearded Man), dedicated to Jean Ramié, €87,500; an Hibou (Owl) vase, €20,800 and a dish decorated with a Joueur de diaule (Double flute Player), €12,126.

A dish graced by a symbolic dove, dated 1949, i.e. early in their collaboration, received the highest bid: €156,000. The one-of-a-kind earthenware piece, with incised and painted slips and metal oxide decoration, was based on a standard press-molded studio model. the glaze is also characteristic of Madoura. There was nothing arbitrary about the choice of motif. In 1949 the world peace Congress took place in Paris. the communist Party asked Picasso to draw a symbol for the Peace Movement, created the year before. He obliged by sketching the beautiful white bird’s silhouette in a few pencil strokes.

At the crossroads of these different art forms is Nature morte aux poissons (Still Life with Fish), also called Les Jours maigres (Fasting Days, 92 x 62.5 cm/36.22 x 24.79 in), painted on the plaster of the Ramiés’ kitchen. Another unique piece attesting to their deep friendship, this sold for €79,300.

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