Monumental or oversize studio ceramic table lamp in natural tones by Bernard Rooke, England mid-20th century.
A beautiful statement piece, made up of a ceramic base with organic patterns in natural tones of sand and stone, together with the original shade, which is finished in split cane. The weight of the piece suggests Rooke's early work (unsigned).
The piece is in very good original condition, with occasional minor flaws in line with the making and firing process. The large shade is in good shape, and has a duplex fitting with the original carrier, which attaches to the lamp-holder. New wiring will be required to suit your local needs and regulations.
- Ceramic only: Height 57.5cm (or 65cm including the lampholder) x diameter 16.5cm at base
- Shade only: Height 51cm x diameter 41cm
- Overall combined base & shade as shown: Height 109cm x diameter 41cm (measured as the diameter of the shade)
*The overall height including shade can be varied a little according to the position of the shade carrier on the lamp-holder.
The base can be purchased without the shade if preferred (this could reduce shipping costs).
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.