A heavy ceramic TOTEM lamp by Bernard Rooke, England, 1960s.
A beautiful sculptural statement piece, made up of ceramic elements in natural tones of terracotta and stone. The two-disc element is decorated on each side with a small panel of blue/green glass, and other elements feature simple markings and decoration. The piece is in very good original 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. We have shown the lamp raised on a wooden plinth (not included) but it could be placed on the floor, or simply enjoyed as sculpture, as suits your project.
Wiring: a new lamp holder and wiring will be required to suit your local needs and regulations; UK clients please contact us if you require assistance with this step.
Dimensions (ceramic only): H 75cm x W 16cm at base x D 14.5cm at base.
Bernard Rooke was born in 1938, and studied ceramics at Goldsmiths College in London. In 1960 he set up studio 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.