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Picasso pottery to go under hammer at London auction in October

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LONDON, Aug 30 (AFP) - A collection of pottery made by artist Pablo Picasso will go up for auction in London in October, Sotheby's said on Tuesday.

More than 100 plates, bowls, jugs, tiles and vases decorated with classic Picasso motifs will go under the hammer on October 26.

With estimated prices ranging from 1,000 pounds to 35,000 pounds (1,800-62, 500 dollars 1,500-51,200 euros), the pottery is just a fraction of the amount fetched by paintings by the Spanish master.

Picasso, who lived from 1881 to 1973, became interested in ceramics after seeing the work of a workshop called the Madoura Pottery at a craft fair in the south of France in 1946.

Suzanne and Georges Ramie, who ran the workshop, saw the artist's enthusiasm and gave him a space in their studio to work in.

Picasso went on to produce more than 600 different pieces with the Madoura Pottery, most of which are in the hands of his family and museums.

A highlight of the October auction at Olympia in London will be a painted and glazen earthenware vase entitled "Tripode", which was made in 1951.

It is just one of 75 produced and is priced at 28,000-35,000 pounds -- the most expensive item on offer.



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