Christie’s is a name and place known for its extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise in conducting auctions. Since 1766, Christie’s auctions are the popular showcase for the unique and beautiful pieces, and have auctioned some of the most expensive art pieces including the portrait by Vincent van Gogh for $40 million and the $135 million Klimt’s portrait. This time, Christie’s has announced that ‘The Madoura Collection’ of Picasso Ceramics will go under the hammer in its London auction house in July. The auction is described as an rare opportunity for collectors and connoisseurs to purchase the ceramics works of Picasso, directly from the Madoura Pottery in Vallauris, France, where they were originally made.
Picasso, whose legacy is remembered on canvas, has also put his artistic impression into the world of pottery. Picasso’s friend and colleague, Alain Ramie who’s also known as the author of the catalogue raisonne of Picasso ceramic editions, and the son of Georges and Suzzane Ramie, the Madoura Pottery owners, is offering this collection for auction. It was in 1946, that the Ramie’s family first inspired Picasso to enter the world of pottery, which was the beginning of a fascination that lasted until his life’s final years, producing nearly 3,000 ceramics artifacts’ based on 663 designs before his death in 1973.
This rare collection is expected to realize a total of $3.2 million in the region, and will be offered at the Christie’s South Kensington auction house for two days, at 4pm on 25 June and at 10am on 26 June of 2012. Around 550 ceramics in perfect condition will be offered in the auction; many of which have largely remained untouched, ever since they were created. A broad selection of Picasso’s catalogue raisonne, dating from his earliest ceramics in 1947 through to his last in 1971, is on offer at an estimate range of $160 to $160,000. In addition to ceramics, prints, posters, photography and furniture from the Pottery will also be the part of the auction. Highlights from the collection will be on exhibition in Hong Kong, Paris and Christie’s King Street premises, before its full fledged sale exhibition will be held in South Kensington in London.