Pablo Picasso, Colombe a la lucarne (Dove at the dormer), 1949

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Colombe a la lucarne (Dove at the dormer), 1949
Medium: White earthenware clay rectangular dish with decoration in engobes (red, yellow, blue, black), knife engraved under partial brushed glaze.
Image Size: 14 3/4 in x 12 1/8 in (37.5 cm x 30.8 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 200.
Signature: This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on verso; also inscribed 'EDITION PICASSO | MADOURA' in black on verso.
Condition: This piece is in very good condition.
Gallery Price: Sold Inquire
ID # w-5247

A beautiful dove rests atop a bed of straw, framed by a border reminiscent of red clay bricks. This brick border implies that the dove is sitting in a dormer, or a window that projects out from a sloping roof, relaying the impression that we are viewing the dove as if captured in its natural habitat, resting upon its nest outside. The dove, a universal symbol for peace, is a re-occurring subject in Picasso's works. In this ceramic, Picasso depicts a fairly life-like dove, one that lacks the sharp pointed angles of abstraction that his other works sometimes display. In this piece, he pays particular attention to contrast and texture, as deep lines define each tuft and feather. The dove is stark white, standing out against the dark matte black background. The glossy finish of the piece encourages viewer interaction, shimmering to capture the light and drawing us in to this image of peace and beauty.

Created in 1949, this white earthenware clay rectangular dish is decorated in engobes (red, yellow, blue, black) with knife engravings under partial brushed glaze. This piece is numbered from the edition of 200 on verso. This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on verso; also inscribed 'EDITION PICASSO | MADOURA' in black on the reverse.

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. 78.

2. Ramié, Georges. Pablo Picasso: Catalogue de l'oeuvre grave céramique Tome III 1949 - 1971. New York: Viking Press, 1976. . Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 681.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Museum grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats.

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