Peter Wood, the important and internationally recognised theatre, opera and television director sadly died age ninety this year. The contents of his eclectic and iconic home, the result of a lifetime’s passion for collecting antiques and fine works of art, The Old Barn, Batcombe in Somerset will be sold by Duke’s the Dorset based Fine Art auctioneers on September 15th.
Peter worked with distinction for both the National Theatre Company under Lawrence Olivier and Peter Hall, and also for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was particularly associated with Tom Stoppard’s comedies and directed nearly all of them.
Peter was born at Colyton in Devon, after two years National Service in the RAF he went to Cambridge University where he read English. At twenty nine he succeeded Peter Hall as Artist Director of the Arts Theatre London, the capital’s most adventurous alternative to the Angry Young Men’s movement. At Stratford-Upon Avon he staged The Winter’s Tale with Peggy Ashcroft and mounted the original the 1965 touring production of Orton’s farce ‘Loot’. Peter worked in Vienna, Washington and New York and was one of the most sought after directors of his generation.
The auction reflects Peter’s personality ranging from a good collection of 18th century ceramics, in particular a rather ‘off-beat’ collection of railway related transfer printed lustre ware tankards and mugs. Peter had a very good eye for English 18th century country furniture, the sale includes five architectural oak dresser and yew wood Windsor armchairs. The rather Gothic inspired home was full (perhaps even over-full!) of fine interesting, amusing and unusual objects including tribal art.
Peter’s interests also extended to fine contemporary ceramics with a collection of Pablo Picasso ceramics and an important group of 20th century art lithographs including works by David Hockney, George Braque, Joan Miró and Henry Moore.
This Lifetime’s collection will be on view at Duke’s new and impressive fine art auction sale-room from September 10th. Catalogues for the sale are available and can also be viewed online. Please contact the saleroom on 01305265080 or email email@example.com for more information.
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28th and 29th July 2016 Thursday 28th July at 10.30am (lots 1-775) Friday 29th July at 10.30am (lots 800-1151) Including property removed from a Central London apartment, Glass, Ceramics, Asian and European Works of Art and FurnitureView Catalogue