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Silver "Satyr" Pendant, Pablo Picasso

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Fine Jewelry - 2711B
Date / Time :
March 18, 2014 10:00AM


Silver "Satyr" Pendant, Pablo Picasso, lg. 1 11/16 in., unsigned.

Note: Francoise Gilot is wearing this pendant, or one similar to it, in the book Life With Picasso, by Francoise Gilot and Carlton Lake, p.169.

Lots 184-186 were made by Picasso in the 1950's. They were in the collection of Francoise Gilot, mother of Claude and Paloma Picasso. In the book Life With Picasso by Francoise Gilot and Carlton Lake, Gilot describes how Picasso, with the help of Dr. Chatagnier, a Vallauris dentist, made gold and silver jewelry through the lost wax process. She says "In all Pablo made about ten necklaces with the help of Doctor Chatagnier.....Two of the others bore portraits of Claude and Paloma on silver and one was a sun in silver...I thought they were all very nice except one, a rather heavy head of a satyr, in silver". Gilot gifted the following three pendants to Carole Mallory, then Claude Picasso's fiance, in 1970's. They have been in Ms. Mallory's possession until now.

Gilot, Francoise, and Carlton Lake: Life With Picasso, Anchor Books, 1989, p. 301-302.

Estimate $15,000-20,000

75% silver, with lead alloy. Wear commensurate with age.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


Francoise Gilot, Pablo Picasso, Carlton Lake, Claude Picasso, Paloma Picasso, Vallauris dentist, Chatagnier, rather heavy head, Carole Mallory