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SELLING A PABLO PICASSO MADOURA BLACK FACE SERVICE VISAGE NOIR PLATE K. PRODUCED IN 1948 IN AN EDITION OF ONLY 100. EACH OF THE 100 PIECES IS SIMILAR BUT UNIQUE. THIS PLATE WAS MADE VERY VERY EARLY IN HIS EARTHENWARE CAREER. PICASSO STARTED TO MAKE A HANDFUL OF PIECES IN 1946. THIS PIECE WAS MADE JUST 2 YEARS LATER. TO FIND THESE 68 YEAR OLD PLATES IN ANY CONDITION IS A BLESSING.
PLATE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH NO CRACKS OR HAIRLINES. THERE IS A VERY SMALL CHIP ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE RIM WHICH IS NOT VISIBLE WHEN THE FACE IS FACING YOU. A PHOTO HAS BEEN PROVIDED OF THE UNDERSIDE AS WELL AS OF THE TOP SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THAT IT IS NOT APPARENT WHEN DISPLAYED. THERE ARE ALSO VERY TINY FLEABITES AROUND THE VERY EDGE OF THE PLATE. THESE DO NOT DETRACT AND I BELIEVE ARE ACTUALLY PART OF THE PROCESS OR MAKING EARTHENWARE BUT I’M NO EXPERT. NO PAPERS OR WRITTEN PROVENANCE FOR THIS PIECE. CONTACT ME FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS OR ANY PARTICULAR QUESTIONS. UNDER CERTAIN SITUATIONS THIS MAY BE AN IN PERSON TRANSACTION (FOR EG. WITH A NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT AHEAD OF MEETING APPLICABLE TO SALE).
FOR THE RECORD I’M NOT A DEALER BUT I DO COLLECT FINE ART FROM TIME TO TIME.

 

In 1946 Picasso in Golfe Juan with his friend Louis Fort, decided to visit the pottery exhibition in Vallauris.

He took a particular interest in the Madoura stand and asked to be introduced to the owners – Suzanne and Georges Ramié.

They invited him to their Madoura Pottery workshop in Vallauris. There he made three pieces which he left to dry and bake.

A year later Picasso returned to see how the pieces had turned out. He was delighted with the quality of the work and asked if he could make more. They agreed and an area of the workshop was arranged especially for him. Immediately, he began to work, inspired by his portfolio of sketches.

So began a long and very productive partnership between Picasso and Madoura. The whole Madoura team became part of the creative process. They made sure Picasso had all the materials he needed and assisted in producing perfectly finished works of art. Suzanne Ramié shared her vast experience, teaching him all the secrets of ceramics. The ceramics ranged from vases, sculptures, plaques to even a complete dinner service. The familiar themes included bullfighting scenes, portraits and nature – goats, birds, and fish. In 24 years over 633 pieces were created in limited editions all engraved with the Madoura stamp.
Credit: Alain Ramié

 

 

Picasso, Pablo:Spanish artist Pablo Picasso is considered by many to be one of the greatest, most influential artists of the 20th century and easily one of the most widely recognized household names in art history. Picasso’s transformation from a young, classically trained artist to a pioneer of the Cubist movement to a Surrealist exponent can be defined by “periods”—a quality for which his career is widely distinguished. The first occasion when a consistent theme was evident in his body of work was later dubbed the “Blue Period” to denote the austere color palettes and melancholy subject matters that often comprised his compositions. This phase, which lasted until 1904, was influenced by a trip he took to Spain and, in particular, by the sudden death of his good friend Carlos Casagemas, who committed suicide in 1901. The Old Guitarist, one of Picasso’s most famous works painted in 1903, is particularly representative of his temperament during the time and is reminiscent of the works of El Greco. The “Blue Period” was followed by a much more sanguine series, appropriately labeled the “Rose Period,” which lasted from 1904-1906. Picasso’s works during these years were more reminiscent of his temperament prior to 1901 and featured a warmer color palette as well as more sprightly characters such as the harlequin, which remained a personal symbol and recurring motif in Picasso’s work for many years that followed. The launch of Picasso’s “African Period” is marked by two figures in one of his most significant masterworks of all time, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, painted in 1907. There’s a distinct African influence in his renderings of the female form, but his fascination with African artefacts is particularly palpable in the two women furthest right, who appear to be wearing tribal masks. Many of the formal conceptions that Picasso developed between 1907 and 1909 laid the foundation for his epic Cubist movement that followed. True to form, even his decade-long evolution of the Cubist genre can be broken down into different styles. Analytic Cubism, which Picasso developed with George Braques from 1909-1912, comprised primarily browns and neutral colors. Their notion of taking objects apart and “analyzing” them in terms of their shapes is represented in some of Picasso’s well-known still lifes, including Guitariste, La mandoliniste (Woman playing guitar or mandolin) and Still Life with a Bottle of Rum. Synthetic Cubism took their concept a step further by incorporating a collage element to enhance the geometric, abstract quality of forms. Even after achieving international renown for spearheading the Cubist movement, Picasso continued to push the envelope by reverting back to a more traditional style of painting in Neoclassicism. He was so revered by his peers for his avant-garde ideas that he was invited to exhibit Cubist works in the first Surrealist group exhibition in 1925. From this exposure, Picasso adopted elements of the Surrealist style—in particular, an emphasis on symbolism in his works—and produced what many consider to be his most prolific masterpiece of all time, Guernica in 1937. Pablo Picasso, alongside contemporaries Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp, truly revolutionized the manner in which artists, critics and the general public defines, perceives and appreciates art in all of its shapes and forms.

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Note: Estimated to sell at about $17,000 to $26,000, a similar10-inch partially glazed ceramic plate titled “Visage” (eye) painted by Pablo Picasso ended up selling for more than $90,000 at Sotheby’s London recently. The plate, decorated with a hand-painted eye plus swipes of color, is dated May 16, 1963, and numbered on the reverse.
With Picasso paintings bringing astronomical prices when they come to market, collectors have turned to his less traditional pieces. As that plate demonstrates, they, too, have soared out of reach for many.
Google these terms: “Picasso plate 90K” “Picasso plate antiques roadshow”

 

 

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