A set of two monumental ceramic TOTEM floor lamps by Bernard Rooke, England, 1960s.
Beautiful sculptural pieces of Studio Pottery, made up of ceramic elements in natural tones of terracotta and stone. The round elements are decorated on one side with crackled blue/green glass, and a seed pod motif on the other, and can be positioned to show either side. The two pieces are slightly different in the details, as one would expect from the handcrafting 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 will require new wiring in the country of install to ensure it meets your local needs and regulations.
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We are showing the lamps with a very simple natural hessian shades, recently handmade using appropriate midcentury proportions. The shades can be included with the bases, however please be aware they will impact the shipping charges so please contact us for further details.
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
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.