The Peter Black Collection – Beautiful, Bold & Collectable
The owner of former Darlinghurst store, Loot Interiors, Peter Black spent decades sourcing mid century and modern art, homewares & collectables – and building his personal collection of the wild and wonderful. To be offered over three auctions, this vibrant collection includes contemporary and Aboriginal art, antiques, designer homewares and tribal objects. With 765 lots on offer, there are plenty of gems.
Selected viewing Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 January by appointment.
From Op to Pop
At the heart of the collection are also Peter Black’s treasured 1960’s screenprints – with eight bold works by Alun Leach-Jones, plus silkscreens by Richard Anuszkiewicz, Colin Lanceley, Brian Rice, Martin Sharp and the godfather of Op Art, Victor Vasarely.
Martin Sharp was of course a prolific illustrator, and among the selection is a first edition copy of Peter Draffin, Pop, illustrated by Sharp, who inscribed the book to Peter Black in 2010.
There are art objects too, by artists including Black favourite, Michael Kitching, represented with three works including this kinetic sculpture.
Pictured: Brian Rice, Britain (b.1936), Blue Square, Grey Square 1969, Silkscreen ed. Artists Proof
The Eclectic Home
In a 2002 Domain article on the collection, Peter Black’s apartment is described as a space to “startle and delight.” Among the bold and beautiful objets d’art are mid century and contemporary homewares from makers including Alessi, Fornasetti, Holmegaard and Fritz Nagel.
Black spent six years building his collection of 1960’s Holmegaard vases, and there are ten lots on offer – with stunning Gulvvases by Otto Brauer for Kastrup-Holmegaard in orange, red, blue, yellow and white.
Other objects for the eclectic home include inflatable vinyl figures by French artist, Niki De Saint Phalle, a Vintage Vilac Cedex Red Enameled Children’s Racing Car and this Vernon Panton Retro Resin Wall Installation with Psychedelic Discs.
Pictured: A Pair of Gulvvases by Otto Brauer for Kastrup-Holmegaard in Orange, c.1960s
Statement Studio Pottery
Nestled aside the colourful homewares in Peter Black’s collection, is also an outstanding selection of mid century & contemporary studio pottery – from Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, the United States & other international studios.
Studio pottery continues to make waves at auction, with eager collectors drawn to the one-of-a-kind statement style. For some eye-catching examples, there’s this pair of Mid Century Blue Mottle Glazed Bud Vases, a Glazed Pottery Geometric Vase by George Ilya Chapoff, a striking Glazed Pottery Troika St Ives Vase by Marilyn Pascoe, and an elegant Glazed Pottery Ritzi Vase by Swedish designer, Gunnar Nylund.
Pictured: A Selection of Studio Pottery in the Traditional & Modern Decorative Arts Auction
A Global Collection
The Peter Black Collection is a cornucopia of fine art, design, and collectables from all corners of the global.
Asian highlights include an Antique Chinese Cloisonné Ginger Jar with Central Chrysanthemum & Blue Bird Detail, a Chinese Cast Brass Horse with Dragon Repousse & Zodiac Detail, and a distinctive Antique Tibetan Polychrome Timber Sage Head.
Among the tribal collection are Australian Aboriginal carvings including an Ironwood Spear with Natural Pigment Detail, and from Papua New Guinea, Antique Kina Shell Necklaces and an impressive Antique Tortoise Shell Shield with Natural Pigment Details.
Pictured: A Vintage Indonesian Barong Tribal Mask, 20th Century
The Peter Black Collection
Traditional & Modern Decorative Arts | Sunday 28 January | 11am
Aboriginal & Tribal Art | Sunday 28 January | 2pm
Modern & Contemporary Art | Monday 29 January | 6pm
Contact: Sally Hardy
Follow links to view catalogues & bid online now.
Pictured: Victor Vasarely, Russian/France (1906-1997), Planetary Folklore Participations Composition No. 1 1969, Silkscreen, later impression