This is a color lithograph artist's proof of Colombe Volant à l'Arc-en-Ciel ( Flying Dove with a Rainbow ) by Picasso. Bloch 712. Signed in the stone " Picasso 10.10.52 " and signed in pencil " Picasso " and " E.A. " (for " epreuve d'artist "). Given the E.A. mark there is no number. Bloch lists 238 as the edition total. " ARCHES " watermark along bottom edge. Purchased in its current glass-covered and matted frame in the 1970s from a dealer in Paris France. Frame measures 29.25" x 39.25". Condition is very good. (Please excuse the reflections off the frame's glass.) We have not examined the print outside of its frame.
This lithograph (and two Picasso aquatints) are being sold here on behalf of a collector on the upper west side in Manhattan (New York, NY) who purchased the piece in Paris in the early 1970s.
The most recent auction sale of a numbered and signed lithograph of Colombe Volant (Bloch 712) from the original limited edition of 38 took place at Sotheby's London on 9/27/05, when lot 271 sold for 8,400 British Pounds ($14,877 U.S. Dollars) including buyer's premium. No other artist's proofs of this work have appeared at major auction based on a review of all major auction databases, including Artnet, Gordon's, ArtAuctionResults, ArtPrice, and ArtSalesIndex (Hislop's).