Pablo Picasso, Lampe Femme (Woman Lamp), 1955

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Lampe Femme (Woman Lamp), 1955
Reference:Ramié 294-299
Medium:Madoura turned vase of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes (blue and brown) engraved by knife and glazed inside.
Image:14 1/4 in x 7 1/8 in x 4 ¼ in (36.2 cm x 18.1 cm x 10.8 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 100.
Signature:This work features the inscribed stamps 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU’ and ‘EDITION PICASSO’ along with the handwritten 'EDITION PICASSO' inscription in black on the bottom.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-6166

Historical Description

Pablo Picasso Lampe Femme (Woman Lamp), 1955 is a delightful and eye-catching work that plays with the form and silhouette of both a traditional vase and a woman’s head. The brilliantly delicate hand-coloration culminates in giving this lamp a life of its own. Coupled with unique line engravings and black and brown scalloped design, this lamp was inspired by traditional utilitarian vase designs from the south of France. It has been reengineered to include a complicated circular handle interwoven into the neck of the vase. This solid construction circle handle merges two designs: a classic jug with a traditional vase. This type of ceramic construction is a technical achievement because of the delicate and balanced elements necessary to allow the vase to stand upright, without having to rely on an external support structure. Balance is perfectly achieved in this work, as the vase stands firmly on its own.

On closer examination, the hand-painted design and delicate carved markings along the base and handles of the lamp are exceptional and executed with incredibly fine precision. This piece sets itself apart from others in the series by its distinct dotted pattern in black and blue along the lip of the lamp. Long, fluid strokes of blue and brown follow the handles down along the body of the work which are further accented by the delicate engraving of lines which echo the strokes of color. These engraved lines allow for a textured, more characteristic surface of the handles, unseen elsewhere in this series.

Created in 1958, this turned vase of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes (blue and brown) engraved by knife and glazed inside is from the edition of 100. This work features the inscribed stamps ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU, D’APRES / PICASSO’ along with the handwritten ‘EDITION PICASSO’ inscription in black on the bottom.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Ceramic Woman Lamp (Lampe Femme), 1955 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonné 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. Similar works listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné nos. 294-299 on pgs. 152-153.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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