Plates and pitchers that were created in 1948 through to the 1950's at the studio in Vallauris will be going under the hammer, sure to excite collectors as although prices for Picasso's Madoura ceramics have sky-rocketed on the market, they are still available at an affordable rate for new collectors, with pieces in this sale priced the € 2 000 mark.

Picasso, Woman face, plate, d: 30 cm, Madoura studios, signed and dated, 1951 Picasso, Woman face, plate, d: 30 cm, Madoura studios, signed and dated, 1951

In 1946, Picasso discovered the works of the Madoura Pottery workshop. Excited by what he saw, Picasso asked Madoura potters Suzanne and Georges Ramié if he could spend time in their studio.

Picasso got to grips with clay right away, the pottery proved a perfect medium for capturing his vivacious designs. A year on from his first grapples with clay, Picasso returned to the Madoura studio to see his works. Seeing his works once again sparked his interest in pottery. Under Suzanne Ramié's guide, Picasso continued to work in the Madoura studio well into the following decade.

blog.php-523 Picasso, Plate with figures, d: 34 cm, Madoura studios, signed and dated, 1954

Check out a selection of works from the sale in the gallery above. Search the full catalogue on Barnebys here.

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