Sotheby’s will offer at auction the personal collection of Pablo Picasso ceramics assembled by Lord and Lady Attenborough. Renowned for its quality and prescience, the collection was built with the joy-filled tradition of an annual pilgrimage to the South of France, where the family enjoyed holidays at their summer home, not far from the town of Vallauris.
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Beginning in 1954 with one of Picasso’s souvenir ashtrays, they spent the next 50 years acquiring many different examples of the artist’s ceramics. The Attenborough collection includes both editioned and unique works depicting real and mythical creatures, classical motifs, bullfighting scenes, and portraits, each piece epitomising Picasso’s masterful and playful take on the age-old tradition of firing clay.