A set of two heavy ceramic TOTEM lamps by Bernard Rooke, England, 1960s.
Sculptural statement pieces, made up of ceramic elements in natural tones of terracotta and stone; each lamp is unique, due to the hand-making process. The two-disc elements are decorated on each side with a small blue panel, and other elements feature simple markings and decoration.
Good original condition; minor signs of wear and occasional flaws in line with the hand-making and firing process. For us, the weight and texture of the elements suggest these are early pieces. New wiring will be required to suit your local needs and regulations.
Dimensions (ceramic only):
H 75-76cm x W 15.5cm at base x D 14.5cm at base
The lamps are shown with very simple natural hessian shades, recently handmade using appropriate midcentury proportions. For more totem lamps in our collection click here.
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-made 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.