The Chocolate Pot

Pablo Picasso Spanish

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Chocolate pots, popular in turn-of-the-century France, are usually distinguished by their short spout (partially shown here as a dark triangle on the left side of the pot), angled handle, and hole in the lid. What may appear to be a straw is actually the stem of the frother or stirrer, which was rolled between one’s palms to blend together the ingredients. Picasso enjoyed perceptual ambiguities, such as the spout of the chocolate pot that simultaneously defines the curved pedestal of the adjacent compote.

The Chocolate Pot, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Watercolor and gouache with traces of charcoal on white laid paper

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