Pablo Picasso, Le roi et la reine (The King and the Queen), 1952 and 1953

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Le roi et la reine (The King and the Queen), 1952 and 1953
Reference:Ramié 141, Ramié 213
Medium:Pair of white earthenware clay turned vases with engobes
Image:DIMENSIONS: Ramié 141: 15 13/16 in x 5 1/2 in x 8 3/4 in (38.5 cm x14 cm x 22.2 cm); Ramié 213: 15 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in (39.4 cm x 14 cm x 24.8cm)
Signature:Both vases feature the inscribed stamp: ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU’ on the bottom, along with a hand-written inscription in black ‘Edition Picasso’. Ramié 141 features the additional inscribed stamp ‘D’APRES PICASSO’; while Ramié 213 features the additional inscribed stamp ‘EDITION PICASSO’.
Condition:Both works are in excellent condition
ID #w-5390
Price on Request

Historical Description

Le roi et la reine is a remarkable example of Picasso's artistic research and development of this celebrated medium. As is characteristically seen in Picasso’s ceramic works, these distinctly decorative turned vases are elegantly detailed and carved with amazing precision and care. Picasso has used the voluptuous shape of the vase to his advantage with our king and queen, cleverly conveyed here in imaginative ways. Both reveal complex characters that are caring and enchanting with gazing eyes and soft facial expressions. Subtleties such as these in the form and coloration combine to breathe life into these skillfully crafted designs.

Ceramics played a fundamental part in Picasso's career, from his first experiments in 1947 until his death almost thirty years later. Appreciated by the artist as a creative medium in its own right, he explored with abundance and apparent delight the interplay offered between line and form, between two and three dimensions.

Ramié 141, the beige, black, and white vase, was created in 1952. This white, earthenware turned vase is adorned with engobe decoration, and is knife engraved under partial brushed glaze. From an edition of 400, this work features the inscribed stamps, ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU’ and ‘D’APRES PICASSO’ on the underside, along with the hand-written inscription ‘Edition Picasso’ in black ink.

Ramié 213, the black and white vase, was conceived in 1953. This white earthenware clay vase is decorated with engobe and knife engraving, and has been partially brushed with glaze. It comes from an edition of 400, and bears the MADOURA PLEIN FEU’ and ‘EDITION PICASSO’ stamps on the underside, along with the hand-written inscription ‘Edition Picasso’ in black ink

CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ & COA:

This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the final sale of the work):

1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971. Madoura: 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 141

2. Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971. Madoura: 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 213

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany these works.

ABOUT THE FRAMING:

This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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