Jean Cocteau and Picasso Print and Ceramic Sales Make over £500,000 at Bonhams

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LONDON.- A collection of drawings, pastels and ceramics by the French poet, filmmaker, playwright and novelist, Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), brought together by the late business tycoon and founder of Gucci timepieces, Severin Wunderman (1939-2008), made a remarkable £430,000 today (23 September) at Bonhams, Knightsbridge, with 90% sold by value. Just an hour earlier, a selection of prints, ceramics and silver by the artistic master of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, fetched a total of £220,812, with 85% sold by value. Cocteau met Picasso in 1915 and the pair remained close friends for nearly 50 years. Their artistic relationship can be characterised by two comments: according to Arnaud, Picasso was “forever at the heart of Cocteau’s creative pantheon”, while Picasso was once heard to comment that “Cocteau is the tail of my comet.” Highlights of the Picasso sale were two silver plates that he designed in the mid 1950s. Joueur de flute et Cavalier