Pablo Picasso Wood Owl Vase to be Sold at Briggs Auction


Briggs Auction, Inc. is pleased to announce its Friday, September 14th auction featuring a curated collection of fine furnishings and decorative arts, including a Pablo Picasso Madoura “Wood Owl” vase, circa 1968.

The vase is made of glazed earthenware clay with a wood owl decoration on a light black patina ground. It is numbered 57/500 and marked “Edition Picasso 57/500 R-146 Madoura”, “Edition Picasso”, and “Madoura Plein Feu”.

Picasso’s association with Suzanne and Georges Ramié would span over 25 years but first began with a trip to the Madoura pottery workshop in 1946. Located in Vallauris, France, the Ramiés allowed Picasso full use of the studio where he used the opportunity to work with clay as a break from painting. The Ramiés went on to produce Picasso’s ceramic works for years to come.

“The entire catalog is strong and well-comprised, but it’s been an absolute pleasure to catalog the wood owl,” says Stephen Turner, Director of Business Development.

Purchased during a trip to Europe, the wood owl vase comes from a private Philadelphia collection. It is estimated to bring $10,000 – $15,000 USD.

Briggs Auction Inc. is a four-generation family-owned and operated auction house offering comprehensive estate management and downsizing solutions, including weekly estate variety auctions, periodic cataloged fine estate auctions, estate appraisals, real estate auction sales, and cleanout services. They are based in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. They hold frequent, public estate variety auctions on Fridays and feature a wide array of antique, modern decorator, and quality reproduction furnishings; fine and decorative arts; country antiques and primitives; fine and vintage costume jewelry; silver; fine porcelains, china, glassware, and pottery; collectibles; coins; toys; books; electronics; and discovery lots.The upcoming September 14th auction will begin at 1 p.m. Bidding is available online through Live Auctioneers and Invaluable. Live bidding will also be available in the showroom. For extensive photos, details, and exhibition times, please visit

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