Paul Keen, managing director of Plymouth Auction Rooms, said: “As soon as I walked into the study one object stood out among the routine effects.”
He found an abstract painted vase which he said “shouted Picasso”.
‘Plein Feu’ Series
The vase has an impressed mark Edition Picasso Madoura on the base and is a chouetton (owl).
The auction firm has identified it as part of Pablo Picasso’s (1881-1973) Plein Feu series produced at the Madoura pottery works in Vallauris in the south of France and an edition of 500 conceived in 1952.
The vase measures 10.25in (26cm) and is painted and glazed on white earthenware.
The vase carries an estimate of £1000 and will be offered at Plymouth Auction Rooms’ Christmas Antiques & Collectors Items sale on December 14.