Picasso's Madoura ceramics coming to Bonhams London

A number of Picasso's famed Madoura ceramics are coming to auction at Bonhams, London in October.

Produced in the 1950s, the collection of ceramic and terracotta pitchers, vases, bowls and plates will arrive at the October 23 auction with estimates ranging from £700 ($1,094) to £6,000 ($9,378).

Picasso Madoura ceramics
This 1959 plate comes with a £5,000 high valuation

Picasso was inspired to paint ceramics after seeing the work of the Madoura Pottery at a ceramics festival in 1946.

He became a regular visitor to the pottery in the south of France over the next 25 years, painting around 3,500 pieces.

In an age where fine art can sometimes appear to be the preserve of the super rich, Picasso's Madoura pottery offers those on a smaller budget the chance to buy original works by a big name artist.

Yet even here, prices have been rising significantly in recent years, as the buying public has grown increasingly fond of these vibrant works.

One such example, Vase gros oiseau vert, from 1960, sold for £104,500 ($157,829) earlier this year at Sotheby's, as part of a £1.4m ($2.2m) collection of 100 Picasso Madoura pieces.

The sale followed Christie's June 2012 auction of The Madoura Collection, which saw £735,650 ($1.1m) change hands.

Picasso Madoura ceramics
Conceived in 1952, this ceramic pitcher has a £1,500 high estimate

Ruth Graham, from Bonhams' impressionist and modern art department, says: "Picasso's ceramics offer an exciting and surprisingly accessible opportunity to own your very own work by perhaps the greatest master of the 20th century.

"The wide range of ceramics he produced are decorated with his instantly recognisable motifs, and it is fantastic to be able to hold a Picasso in your hands."

Take a look at our own piece of Picasso memorabilia here.

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