Pablo Picasso - Vase aux chèvres


Vase with cut sides, 6th June 1952, white earthenware clay, deep engraving filled with oxidised paraffin, dipped in white enamel. Colours: Brown & Green, with the Empreinte Originale de Picasso and Madoura stamps and dated 6.6.52 (on the side)

Reference: Ramié, Alain.(AR) 1988. Picasso: catalogue de l'oeuvre céramique édité 1947-1971.

Vallauris: Galerie Madoura - AR 156 (page 86)

Manufactured by: Madoura Potteries, France

Size: (Height) : 190 x 230 (width) mms

Edition:   Created in an edition of 40. These were never numbered.

Note: Animal themes arise frequently in Picasso’s work, with multiple possible sources and meanings, often aligning themselves to themes present in classical mythology. These animal motifs are particularly present within the ceramic work he created at the Madoura pottery studio from 1947 in Vallauris, in the South of France, where he was aided in this new medium by the expertise of master potters Suzanne and Georges Ramié.

When Picasso moved to La Californie in Cannes, he shared his home with a series of pets. Among them, there was a goat bought by Jacqueline Roque from a neighbour. The animal was given to Picasso on his seventy-fifth birthday, and it was baptised as Esmeralda (“emerald” in English), although it seems that Picasso named her “Biquette” . Esmeralda or Biquette moved freely in the garden and first floor, but had a short life. The goat died soon after because she ate harmful herbs with fruition. It is thought that very goat served as a model for Picasso’s famous sculpture La chèvre (1950), which is among his most notable works and possibly for your vase also.

Condition: In overall good condition.