The Chocolate Pot

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Paris, early 1909
Watercolor and gouache with traces of charcoal on white laid paper
24 1/4 × 18 5/8 in. (61.6 × 47.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, Gift of Leonard A. Lauder, 2016
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
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.
Inscription: Signed [possibly at a later date] (upper right): Picasso

Marking: watermark: J C A
[Ambroise Vollard, Paris, ca. 1909– d. 1939; his bequest to de Galéa]; his friend, Madame Madeleine de Galéa (née Madeleine Moreau), Paris (1939–53; sold in 1953 to Reid & Lefevre]; [Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., London, 1953; sold on July 28, 1953 to Cooper]; Douglas Cooper, Argilliers, France (1953– d. 1984; stolen in 1974 from Cooper’s Château de Castille and recovered in 1980; estate no. DC 28/27; his bequest to McCarty Cooper); his partner and adopted son, William McCarty Cooper, London (1984–86; sold in November 1986 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 1986–2013; transferred on April 8, 2013 to the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust); The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust, New York (2013–16; gift to MMA)

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