Pablo Picasso, ‘Visage larvé (Hidden Face)’, 1956-1957, Phillips
Pablo Picasso, ‘Visage larvé (Hidden Face)’, 1956-1957, Phillips

Impressed 'Picasso' and numbered 10/20 (there were also 2 artist's proofs and 2 author's proofs), with the French assay marks for silver and the silversmiths' mark and registration numbers '1424' and '2404' impressed on the underside, executed by Atelier François and Pierre Hugo, Paris, 1967.

From the Catalogue:
The idea to execute a set of plates in silver came about one day in May 1956. Having just received a new group of plates from the Madoura studio, Picasso remarked to his friend, the art historian and collector, Douglas Cooper, how impressive the group would look in silver, like the sumptuous, French and Italian metal dishes of the 16th and 17th Century (D. Cooper, Picasso: 19 plats en argent par François and Pierre Hugo, exh. cat., London, 1977). Picasso did not know anyone who could undertake the project so Cooper proposed that he enlist the silversmiths François and Pierre Hugo to cast ceramic examples of 24 plates of various sizes and imagery. In 1967, Picasso authorized the Hugos to produce 19 of these plates in small numbered editions of 20.
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Douglas Cooper, Picasso, 19 plats en argent par François et Pierre Hugo, Paris, 1977, illustration of another example
Alain Ramié, Picasso, Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works, 1947-1971, Madoura, 1988, no. 347, illustration of the white earthenware version
Claire Siaud & Pierre Hugo, Bijoux d'artistes, Hommage à François Hugo, Orfève, Aix-en-Provence, 2001, no. 1424, illustration of another example p. 168
Picasso: Peintre d'objets/Objets de peintre (exhibition catalogue), Musée d'Art Moderne, Créet & La Piscine, Musée d'art et d'industrie André Diligent, Roubaix, 2004-05, fig. 54, illustration of another example, p. 112

Private Swiss Collection Sotheby's New York, Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale, November 7, 2013, lot 203 Sotheby's London, Important Ceramics by Pablo Picasso, May 7, 2014, lot 314

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France