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This week, we are delighted to share that another Picasso vase sent through Barnebys valuation service was sold just over two weeks ago, in France.

On the 22nd June 2016, Expertisez.com sold this white and blue jug in their auctions for €5,000:

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“Hibou” meaning Owl in French, is dated from 1954 when Picasso was 73 years old.

With a few simple strokes of blue paint on a white base, he depicts a sitting bird. The owl became a popular motif for him and a very similar example, executed in the same year, was sold at Christie's Picasso Ceramics sale in 2015 for £3,750:

Picasso was a master of reduction – being able to show an entire personality in the fewest lines. His famous eleven-part lithograph series entitled "The Bull" shows how he moves from a full descriptive image to the bare symbolic minimum while still retaining the energy and clarity of his subjects.

Sketches from 1946, discovered after his death, illustrate this same artistic development and how Picasso incorporated these ideas within the solid structures of his chosen mediums, such as the jugs and vases he decorated.


The Hibou vase was sent to the valuation service in April 2016 and Expertisez.com were able to contact the client directly and easily for more information.

As they were both located in France it made for a fast and uncomplicated sale process.

If you would like a specialist to see your artwork, send them to the Barnebys Valuation service today!