JEAN COCTEAU (1889-1963)
Hermès (Mercure)
signed 'Jean Cocteau' (lower right); marked and numbered 'Edition originale de Jean Cocteau Atelier Madeline-Jolly 30⁄30' (underneath)
terracotta plate with black ceramic crayon and coloured enamels
Diameter: 12 3⁄8 in. (31.4 cm.)
Conceived in 1958 and executed in a numbered edition of 30
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 10 December 2008, lot 101.
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale.
A. Guédras, Jean Cocteau, Céramiques, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1989, no. 192, pp. 127 & 257 (another example illustrated p. 127).
M. Merrony, ed., Mougins Museum of Classical Art, Mougins, 2011, no. 25, pp. 323-324 (illustrated p. 323; with incorrect dimensions).
V. Bougault, 'L'Antiquité au goût du jour', in Connaissance des arts, no. 706, Paris, July - August 2012, p. 117 (illustrated in situ).
'Musées & Expositions', in La Marche de l'Histoire, no. 4, Naintré, February - April 2013, p. 18 (illustrated in situ).
'Les collections', in Egypte ancienne, no. 8, Paris, May - July 2013, p. 67 (illustrated in situ).
L. Marotta, 'The Medici of Mougins', in Force One, no. 15, Monaco, 4 April 2017, p. 38 (illustrated in situ).
Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins, 2011-2023 (Inv. no. MMoCA32MA).
Further details
Marie-Madeleine Jolly and Philippe Madeline have confirmed the authenticity of this work.

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