25 February 2004
After a design by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Les clowns à la lune bleue
with signature and numbered 'Picasso 1/5' (on a label affixed to the reverse)
hand-woven Aubusson wool tapestry
75 x 56 in. (190.5 x 142.3 cm.)
Executed by the Pinton Frères tapestry ateliers in 1969
Pinton Frères Ateliers, Aubusson, France.
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner, 1970.
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This tapestry is was woven in Aubusson under the supervision of Picasso. The design is based on the 1954 lithograph Deux clowns (Mourlot no. 264 and Bloch 766).
Both in Belle Epoque Paris and Berlin between the wars, Jeanne Mammen documented European café society from a woman’s perspective
Islamic Art specialist Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam on a magnificent garment that would have been worn by a member of the royal inner circle