Picasso on a postcard! Christmas dinner sketch by founder of Cubism at auction ...

Picasso on a postcard! Charming Christmas dinner scene sketch drawn by founder of Cubism in message he sent to a friend in 1919 emerges at auction for £30,000 Pablo Picasso illustrated the tiny Christmas scene on a postcard for his friend The Spanish artist sent the postcard to friend Henri Defosse from his flat in Paris Postcard will be auctioned online tomorrow with an estimate of £30,000

By Milly Vincent For Mailonline

Published: 15:31 GMT, 1 December 2020 | Updated: 15:40 GMT, 1 December 2020

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A charming Christmas scene hastily illustrated by artist Pablo Picasso on a postcard for his friends has emerged for sale for £30,000. 

The pen and ink drawing, done in 1919 by the Spanish painter, depicts a table with a plump turkey in the middle of it surrounded by two wine bottles, four glasses, two bunches of grapes, bread, bananas and a pear. 

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It is on the back of a postcard, measuring 5.5ins by 3.5ins (14cm by 9cm), which depicts a wintry scene and the words 'Bonne Année' which means 'Happy New Year' in French.

Picasso wrote in French: 'My friends here with this well filled table our best wishes.'

An original work by artist Pablo Picasso in the form of a sketch of a Christmas dinner scene on a postcard has emerged for sale for £30,000

An original work by artist Pablo Picasso in the form of a sketch of a Christmas dinner scene on a postcard has emerged for sale for £30,000

It was signed by Picasso and his wife Olga to friend Henri Defosse, an orchestra conductor who was living and working in London at the time.

They became friends after Olga performed with Defosse in the Parisian ballet company Ballets Russes in 1917.

Picasso was also involved in the production, designing the set.

The postcard, which was written in Picasso's home and studio in Paris, has been consigned for sale by a private collector with International Autograph Auctions.

A spokesman for the auction house said:

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