Antiques Corner by Patrick Van de Vorst

The Pablo Picasso plaque
The Pablo Picasso plaque

THIS week we value a painted terracota plaque by none other then Pablo Picasso, (Spanish, 1881-1973).

This plaque was conceived in 1964 as number 65 of 100 and is called Femme aux cheveux flous, or The Women with Flowing Hair. In 1946, Picasso was invited to visit the Madoura Pottery factory in Vallauris in the South of France, and in 1947 he began to create his own ceramics at the factory.

Between 1947-1971, Picasso created more than 3,000 ceramic objects at this site, the majority of which were the ceramic plaques.

This plaque is stamped on the back ‘Empreinte Originale de Picasso, Madoura Plein Feu’, indicating it was created at this very factory.

Widely considered as one of the most important figures of 20th-century art as well as the co-founder of Cubism, Picasso’s works are vastly popular, and often command a high selling price.

Femme aux cheveux flous has appeared on a regular basis at auction, both in the US and the UK, achieving prices ranging from £3,500 to £5,000.

Our specialists valued it at £6,000-£8,000.