Picasso Ceramic | Found In Washington, D.C. – Selling In Philadelphia

02/21/2018     News and Film, Appraisal Services, Trusts and Estates

Prized Picasso Ceramic from the Estate Of Political Pundit John McLaughlin to be offered at Freeman 'sA former Roman Catholic priest, presidential speechwriter for Richard Nixon, editor of the National Review and the creator and star of The McLaughlin Group, Washington, D.C. insider John McLaughlin was no ordinary pundit. His long-running political talk show is widely credited with re-inventing televised political debate. Off the air, McLaughlin lived well – first at the Watergate complex (even before he left the priesthood) and later in an expansive home in Washington, D.C., which he appointed with fine art, a grand piano, political mementos and library.Perhaps McLaughlin 's finest piece of art will soon come to auction at Freeman 's in their Modern & Contemporary Art sale on May 31, 2018. Titled “Jacqueline au Chevalet,” the ceramic charger by Pablo Picasso, depicts the artist 's second wife painting at an easel. Jacqueline, 44 years younger than Picasso, became his model and artistic muse in 1952, when she began working at the Madoura Pottery in Vallauris. After Picasso 's first wife Olga Khokhova died in 1955, and his lover Francoise Gilot left him, Picasso married Jacqueline in 1961. She is credited for bolstering Picasso 's career in the second half of his long life, and she was portrayed in his art more times than any other woman.For more information on this auction lot, please contact Matthew S. Wilcox, at mwilcox@freemansauction.com