Back in May, I wrote a post about Picasso’s befriending of Lump, a friend’s dachshund. Well, Lump is back in the news, or rather his plate is. Back in 1957, David Douglas Duncan, a photographer and the dog’s owner, went to dine at Picasso’s villa in France. Lump tagged along. During the meal, Picasso inquired if Lump had his own plate. He didn’t, so Picasso picked up a nearby brush and dashed off the dog’s likeness. Duncan donated the plate to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, where it will be displayed in an upcoming exhibition.
Similar plates by Picasso have fetched upwards of $90,000. Not bad for an old supper dish!