A single large, or oversize, ceramic TOTEM table lamp by Bernard Rooke, England, 1960s.
Sculptural piece, made of hand-made ceramic elements in natural tones of terracotta and stone, with a combination of dry and glazed finishes. The lamp is made up of separate sections, positioned on a central metal tube, with some elements being decorated with Rooke's own hierogliphic-style symbols.
The lamp is in good vintage condition, with occasional minor flaws in line with the making and firing process. For us, the weight and texture of the elements suggest this could be an early piece. New wiring will be required and we recommend this is carried out locally to instal, to make sure it meets your needs and regulations.
The lamp is offered without shade, and image 4 is included for reference only.
Ceramic only: H 71cm x W 19cm at base x D 19cm at base
Height to top of lamp-holder 78cm.
Bernard Rooke was born in 1938, and studied ceramics at Goldsmiths College in London. In 1960 he set up a workshop in Forest Hill sharing with another pottery artist, Alan Wallwork. Rooke made progressive sculptural work and early pieces were hand-fashioned using coils and blocks. His work is found in private collections as well as museums and galleries around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.