A mid-20th century totem lamp by ceramicist Bernard Rooke, England. Two available, offered separately.
An early piece, and unusual to see this example of Rooke's work; hand-built, with great character. A tall piece for the floor or a low plinth, this model has a large textured pyramid base, with the smaller upper components. There are signs of weathering and wear in line with age and use, and flaws arising from the crafting and firing process including cracks, nicks, glaze losses and minor asymmetry. Felt pads level the base and provide protection. As with other early Rooke pieces this is not signed or stamped.
A new E27 lamp-holder has been fitted; original wiring will need to replaced in the country of install. The hole for the wire leaves the base on the left in the main image.
The lamp has a simple hessian shade, newly made, which reflects the style of shades used on lamps of the era.
W: 20cm at the base
D: 18cm at the base
The total height including the shade shown in the main image is approximately 129cm.
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.
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