Large ceramic totem table lamp by Bernard Rooke, England, 1960s.
A sculptural piece, made up of three ceramic elements in natural tones of terracotta and stone, with a combination of dry and glazed finishes. Unsigned, as was typical for early works.
The lamp base is in good condition, with occasional minor flaws in line with the making and firing process. The original shade, covered in split cane, is in fair vintage condition with losses to the cane, slight dents and distortion to the shape; however for us the shade has charm and works well with the lamp. The shade is fitted through an original duplex carrier.
New wiring will be required and we advise this is carried out in the country of install, to ensure it meets your local needs and regulations. The lamp currently takes a single standard bayonet-fitting bulb, and is switched on the lampholder; the wire leaves the base on the right.
H: 47cm to top of ceramic | 93cm including shade
W: 18cm | 36cm at shade
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 Early pieces were hand-formed 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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