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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by philpot on April 21st 2018, 9:19 pm

Trouble is, you will never really know. These lamp bases were produced in very large quantities in the early 60's at the Greenwich studios, for Heals and the CPA etc. Quote from the Wallwork website.
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'Up to fourteen at one time made up my band of assistants. Half this number would be working on tile decoration or the range of simple stoneware vase or lamp base forms, the more skilled working directly with me on the large “totemic” forms I was then making, especially while Heal’s and the CPA were showing a voracious demand for them. The buyer at Heals, the prestigious furniture store in Tottenham Court Road, had given me an almost free hand to keep pots rolling in. These assistants ,under direct supervision, built up a group of forms, a few inches at a time, while I moved amongst them, altering the direction of the form as I judged was necessary. I was even able to use the differing finger marks of a particular assistant as a source of texturing, changing to another assistant’s to introduce another pattern element as the forms grew. It was exhilarating but it grew increasingly difficult to maintain freshness in what I was turning out in great quantities. “ Do repeats!” the Heals buyer advocated but I wasn’t keen on that solution.'
Louis Hudson was amongst those assistants. On top of this Bernard Rooke worked in the basement, and the Fourniers were on the first floor. There was obviously a lot of fluidity and quickness in the working environment. Presumably there was a lot of variety in quality.
And there's the rub! What do you think of the quality of this piece?


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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 21st 2018, 9:48 pm

Now things would be different if everyone marked their pieces ...but that's another thread...
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Post by NaomiM on April 21st 2018, 10:08 pm

Another one with Rooke’s mark

https://pin.it/42qusiyd3s6jc7

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Post by philpot on April 22nd 2018, 9:06 am

In effect of course, Bernard Rooke was a cottage industry as well. His sons worked at Swilliland, and the Bernard Rooke mark in all its form has to be approached more like the a St Ives or Aldermaston generic mark. Cos they produced a great deal!
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by brin mcardle on April 22nd 2018, 12:03 pm

Naomi...looks very very similar
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Bernard Rooke goblet

Post by brin mcardle on May 18th 2018, 3:51 pm







Has a hollow base but no signature ..all help as usual much appreciated
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by brin mcardle on May 18th 2018, 4:26 pm

Should hav epost this pic as well

The cooker isnt important Clap
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by Potty on May 18th 2018, 4:32 pm

Looks like an upside-down Bernard Rooke Goblet.

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Post by brin mcardle on May 18th 2018, 5:25 pm

What an idiot i am.... Shock just looked on line and you are right..Thanks Potty
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Post by Potty on May 18th 2018, 9:11 pm

brin mcardle wrote:What an idiot i am.... Shock just looked on line and you are right..Thanks Potty

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Goblet, Lovely design, Unsigned - Bernard Rooke

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by NaomiM on May 28th 2018, 6:19 pm

Excellent


Looks like Bernard Rooke to me

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by philpot on May 28th 2018, 6:35 pm

That Applique, and glaze. Definitely Bernard Rooke.
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Post by brin mcardle on May 28th 2018, 6:59 pm

Thanks again...to you both..and for advice on photos
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by cycladelic on August 3rd 2018, 4:32 am

Two dishes - the square one impressed ROOKE, the other not. I guess they are both by him.

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by philpot on August 3rd 2018, 6:14 am

There was a fashion back in the 70's for using that bluey stuff in ashtrays. Robin Welch did some, and Eileen Lewenstein.
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by abstract toad on October 6th 2018, 11:36 am

This lovely little critter is a Rooke, though I did not know that at the time I gave him away, only discovered this recently. I still get to enjoy it every day as my better half was the beneficiary.



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