A set of two large, or oversize, ceramic TOTEM table lamps by Bernard Rooke, England, 1960s.
Sculptural pieces, made up of ceramic elements in natural tones of terracotta and stone, with a combination of dry and glazed finishes. Each 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. As these are handmade works the colors and Fine details are unique to each piece.
The lamps are in very good condition, with occasional minor flaws in line with the making and firing process. For us, the weight and texture of the elements suggest these could be early pieces. New wiring, with antique gold twisted flex and switched brass lamp-holder; the wire leaves the base to the side of one lamp and to the back of the other. Each lamp takes a single standard bayonet-fitting bulb.
The lamps are offered without shades as they add considerably to the shipping costs, but if you would like more details about the original shades, as shown in the first image, please just let us know.
Ceramic only: H 60cm x W 20cm at base x D 20cm at base
Height to top of lamp-holder 67cm.
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.