A set of two monumental ceramic TOTEM floor lamps by Bernard Rooke, England, 1960s.
Beautiful sculptural pieces, made up of ceramic elements in natural tones of terracotta and stone. The round elements are decorated on one side with blue crackled glass - each slightly different, with a very slight hint of green - and a wheel or seed pod motif on the reverse. The two pieces are slightly different in the design details, as one would expect from the handcrafted process; for us, the weight and texture of the elements suggest these could be early pieces.
Good original condition, with typical weathering and flaws in line with age and the hand-making and firing process, such as rough spots, fine cracks and small chips to the glass. The lamps are presently unwired (see below).
Wiring & shipping:
The lamps are made up of separate sections positioned on a central metal tube. In view of the size and nature of the pieces, they could be dismantled for shipping, then reassembled and rewired at their destination, in line with your local needs and regulations. The pieces are drilled to take electrical wire, and the bases are currently set up for the wire to exit one at the back and the other on the right.
Dimensions (ceramic only):
(i) H 107.5cm x W 25.5cm at base x D 26cm at base
(ii) H 104.7cm x W 26cm at base x D 24.5cm at base
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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.