• Lot 15

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

    Cavalier faun

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    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Cavalier faun
    stamped with signature and numbered 'Picasso 12/20' and '1988/1406' (underneath)
    silver plate
    Diameter: 42 cm.
    Conceived in 1955-1956 and executed in silver in an numbered edition of 20 plus two épreuves d'artiste and two épreuves d'auteur

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    The present lot shows a faun in high relief, a design that is individually selected, designed, seen, approved and cherished by Picasso. In the 1950s Picasso commissioned the French silversmith François Victor-Hugo to make a series of twenty plates in silver. At that time Picasso already was producing decorative ceramic plates. However Picasso deemed the ceramic plates brittle and he told art historian Douglas Cooper he believed the plates would look excellent when executed in silver, but he didn't know anyone who could undertake the project. Cooper then introduced him to Hugo, who was immediately excited about it. As an experiment Picasso gave Hugo one of his ceramic plates for him to produce in silver. Picasso was more than pleased with the result and he authorized Hugo to make more versions. Over a period of ten years Hugo produced twenty different silver plates, each in an edition of 20. Picasso kept two versions of each plate for himself and Hugo also kept two exemplaires d'auteurs. This particular silver plate by Picasso was acquired at the sale at Van Wisselingh & Co. in 1977. They were able to get the collection to Amsterdam for the exhibition Picasso 19 plats en argent par François et Pierre Hugo.
    Sold with the original presentation box.

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    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Kunsthandel E.J. van Wisselingh & co., Amsterdam.
    Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in 1977.


    A. Ramié, Picasso, Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works, 1947-1971, Vallauris, 1988, nos. 336-337, p. 172 (the earthenware version illustrated).