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BUYERS GUIDE


Their working relationship was equal, Picasso had full use of the Madoura workshop and the Ramiés had control over the sale of the pieces; an arrangement which lasted over two decades. The product of this extended collaboration was a body of more than 600 different ceramic designs that were streamlined, decorative and, in many regards, equally as compelling as Picasso’s painted works.


Though an integral part of the later career of the artist, Picasso’s ceramic wares were considered at first lesser production as compared to his painterly examples. That conception changed in the late 1990s, though, with landmark exhibitions such the Metropolitan’s “Picasso: Painter in Sculptor and Clay” show (1999), which set his ceramic pieces on par with his some of his paintings.


In the decades since, increasing numbers of ceramic pieces by Picasso have appeared on the auction market. Accordingly, these pieces are now entering the limelight with many selling for multiples more than similar pieces did even a year ago.


Picasso designed 633 different ceramic editions between 1947 and 1973, with a number of variants and unique pieces resulting from these initial works. With Picasso remaining one of the highest grossing artists at auction today, the range of his ceramics means it’s easy to choose a work that is both an investment and something you’ll love. So there really is a perfect Picasso ceramic for everyone.


While it’s safe to say that Picasso’s ceramics are no longer obscure, these record prices should not deter the burgeoning or budget- minded collector. The combination of Picasso’ profuse designs with the fact that he often created many hundreds of multiples of some patterns means that many exceptional Picasso ceramic pieces can still be found at fantastic prices. Given the sales trends, however, the time to invest in such a find is now.


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