Madoura Plate No. 111
Glazed Ceramic; ht. .75, dia. 9.25 in.
Marked and numbered No 111 | Edition Picasso | 77/500 | Madoura on base.
Sales of Picasso's ceramic editions from the Ramie Pottery in Vallauris on the French Riviera have been stunning the market for the last four years with their unstoppable climb. Sales have been turning in results that are almost triple the pre-sale estimates. Prices have varied from under $10,000 to as much as a third of a million dollars each for the most rare of the editions.
Picasso loved working in the ceramic medium and returned to the Ramie family pottery summer after summer. He particularly enjoyed the kinetic quality of the vessel form, the way a painted line escaped him, disappearing around the back of the pot only to reemerge on the other side. The work was a favorite motif drawn from Spanish folk pottery with its brusque drawing and took its inspiration from tribal arts and African facemasks.
.25 hairline chip to the lip. Not visible from the front.