Christie’s is marking Frieze Week in London with a series of auctions showcasing 20th- and 21st- century works. The first of these, Un/Breakable, which took place on Tuesday, is a new curated auction that traces 140 years of ceramic art. The auction saw the successful sale of several works from Pablo Picasso amongst other modern and post-war greats.
The highest selling lot of the auction was a 1950 Picasso vase, Grand vase aux femmes voilées (Large vase with veiled women). Part of an edition of 25, the vase features a frieze of nude women, the curve of their figures accented by the dramatic shape of the vase itself.
Another work from Picasso, the 1956 earthenware Portrait de Jacqueline (above), doubled its low estimate, selling for $227,500.