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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)
LOT ID: 87845
Owl , 1955

Ceramic, glazed pitcher
9.6 х 5.1 in. (24.38 x 12.95 cm.)
Stamped, and marked 'Edition Picasso/Madoura Plein Feu/Edition Picasso/Madoura' (underneath)
Edition of 500
Foundry/Publisher Ed. Picasso, Madoura ed.
Lot description
Picasso's love of animals was well-known and his villa in the South of France housed numerous creatures. At one point, he found a wounded young owl and successfully raised it. Picasso's uncanny ability to breathe life into an inanimate object such as a jug, and transforming it into a young owl, further demonstrates the artist's exceptional abilities.

The piece is made of A.R. white earthenware clay with oxide decoration on white enamel, embellished with blue paint.
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