From 1947 to 1971, Picasso designed 633 ceramic editions, a total of a staggering 3 500 plates, vases, dishes, tiles and pitchers were produced by Picasso himself.
The artist became quite obsessed with ceramics, experimenting until he adopted two production methods. For one method, Picasso would replicate the original piece by hand, trying to emulate it as closely as possible. For the other method, an original image was created in dry clay moulds, which would transfer a design on to clay. The two methods can be differentiated between with a mark, for the second line of production, all pieces were stamped with Empreinte originale de Picasso.
Each and every Picasso Madoura ceramic has a stamp or a mark. Some pieces that were made in an edition will feature the date or edition number. This piece is 290/500. Another piece from the sale edition sold for £5 635 against an estimate of £1 400-2 350 at Christie's.
Master woodworker George Nakashima aimed to express the energy of the whole tree through the objects he created, believing that ''Trees have a yearning to live again, perhaps to provide the beauty, strength and utility to serve man.''
Born in 1905, in Spokane Washington, Nakashima was the son of Japanese immigrants, both of which came from samurai families, His heritage greatly influenced Nakashima's work ethic.
He is remembered as one of America's most important furniture designer-craftsmen and an important pioneer of the American Craft movement of the mid-20th century. Inspired by nature, Nakashima's works aimed to enhance the wood's natural beauty. Today, his daughter Mira continues his work.
Mid Century Modern
Another master of woodwork and modern design, Hans Wegner too pioneered furniture in the mid 20th century. Wegner was a tour de force of Danish design during the 1950s and 1960s. He designed over 500 chairs during his career, earning him the title 'the Master of the Chair.'