Picasso: the king of Madoura

On 16 July 2020, by Anne Doridou-Heim

A regal Picasso work and the contemporary creator Claire Debril were the two mainstays of this new edition of Céramixte.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) (based on his design) and the Madoura workshop, vase with two high handles, "The King", ceramic thrown in white clay with underglaze decoration carved with a knife, edition of 400, 1952, h. 38 cm.
Adjugé : 40 320 €
© Succession Picasso Paris 2020

The group of 25 pieces by Claire Debril (b. 1927), coming from an art lover's collection, exerted considerable charm with their brilliantly mastered glazes. Estimates were doubled and a red and black decorated terracotta vase (h. 40.5 cm) fetched €2,898. Eyes then turned to this model designed by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and produced in the Madoura workshops run by Georges and Suzanne Ramué. It was noticeable that interest in these ceramics dating from his long stay on-site between 1948 and 1955 is undimmed. This vase, entitled "The King", with its two high handles and underglaze decoration carved with a knife and partially brushed achieved a royal €40,320. The master's love affair with the arts of the kiln inspired a prolific output (there are said to be thousands of pieces), which completely revived the artisanal pottery industry in Vallauris.

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