Picasso-Designed Pottery Jumping in Price

Pottery designed by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) in Vallauris, France, is jumping up in price. At a recent auction, 94 of the 100 Picasso pieces sold above estimate. Highest price, $157,732, went for Picasso's 1960 "Vase Gros Oiseau Vert" (Big Green Bird Vase). In 2011 another example of the vase auctioned for about $27,000. Picasso visited Vallauris in 1946 and designed a few pieces for the Modoura pottery. He liked the pottery's work and made 633 different designs over the next 24 years. A friend visited the pottery in 1965 and bought the least expensive thing made, a plate for $25. It is now worth about $1,500.

picasso vase gros oiseau vert big green bird vase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: (Shown here is similar item) CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2011

 

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#2 Picasso platesschumac 2013-03-28 09:02
Lot 91 of that sale, a white bisque plate, went for 3,750 pounds. If I had bought a dozen of them, instead of the one like it I got in 1968, I would NOT still be working! (;->>
#1 Paul Revere Potterybillsilver 2013-03-27 20:10
I have some sets of Paul Revere pottery and also some S.E.G. from the same source in Boston. How can I check values?

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