26th Jan, 2021 10:00

Design - Live Online

Lot 414


Peter Collingwood (1922-2008)

Peter Collingwood (1922-2008)
'M143, No.74', a two-dimensional microgauze wall hanging, c.1988
linen, steel rods, metal label incised ‘Peter Collingwood' and numbered 'M.143 No. 74'
42cm wide
117.4cm high

Sold with a facsimile of a letter dated 24/3/89: 'Dear John & Madoka, Jun Tomita asked me to make the enclosed hanging & send it to you as a present from him. I am afraid I have taken rather a long time to get it woven as I have been travelling in India. There is a nylon loop at the top of the hanging - so it only needs one nail in the wall to hang it from. I hope you like it. Yours sincerely Peter Collingwood P.S. The metal label shows it is design M.143 & that it is the 74th time I have woven this design'.

Peter Collingwood (1922-2008) was at the forefront of weaving for fifty years. His wall hangings use the traditional craft to create visual abstraction and are admired worldwide. Trained after national service by the master weaver Ethel Mairet, he worked with Alastair Morton, who became the visionary Artistic Director at the Edinburgh Weavers. In 1952, Collingwood set up a studio at Archway in North London and sold his work in Liberty’s and Heal's. He also exhibited at the Red Rose Guild and the Arts and Crafts Society. He moved to Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire, where he met and exhibited with Hans Coper. Collingwood moved to Nayland near Colchester in 1964, where he worked until his death in 2008.

Jun Tomita (b.1951) lives in Japan and runs his own world-renowned weaving studio.


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Sold for £4,600

Condition Report

Further images added online. Good overall - some of the threads not tight, has been hanging since consignment - this may straighten through time. stamped plaque good. The vendor is sending the original letter which will be with the lot.



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