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Post by Jeffingtons on November 19th 2013, 8:16 pm

Sticking my neck out and claiming this two foot tall lamp as the work of Bernard Rooke. It hasn't got a potters mark but there's enough lamps on this site attributed to Rooke that have the same motifs, clay/glaze colours, etc for me to be confident. Would be interested to know when it was likely to have been made?

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large owl....bernard rooke?????

Post by carlos32golf on December 5th 2013, 12:24 pm

hello all

I have this large owl. possibility of being Bernard rooke ????

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by big ed on December 5th 2013, 1:47 pm

yes , deffo Bernard Rooke .

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by Alex_s on February 17th 2014, 9:35 am



Nice totem lamp base, acquired yesterday.
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by big ed on February 17th 2014, 9:44 am

Nice lamp , i like the way the little owl is looking up in awe Happy

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by Alex_s on February 17th 2014, 9:50 am

That's a rare owl. Aldi, 2013. Lights up in the dark.
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by studio-pots on February 17th 2014, 10:23 am

Jeffingtons wrote:Sticking my neck out and claiming this two foot tall lamp as the work of Bernard Rooke. It hasn't got a potters mark but there's enough lamps on this site attributed to Rooke that have the same motifs, clay/glaze colours, etc for me to be confident. Would be interested to know when it was likely to have been made?


Only just seen your lampbase and it looks like a Rooke from the period that he was in Greenwich renting space from Alan Wallwork. The bases were originally made there as a lampshade manufacturer asked Bernard to supply bases for a contract that he had to supply Dunn's, a department store at the time in nearby Bromley. So 1960s.

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The lamp doing its travels but has found a long term place to live

Post by lbrierley on February 19th 2014, 8:19 pm

big ed wrote:31" high Bernard Rooke 12 piece lamp Base C 1964 glazed tongue & Melted Glass.

Strange ..I bought this same lamp today, it seems to match your photo on this post. I really love it though there is no signature by Rooke. I get so much pleasure from the beautiful-ugly materiality of his work. I hope it is one of his pieces?
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by studio-pots on February 19th 2014, 8:39 pm

It is interesting but Bernard Rooke? Discuss.

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by Alex_s on February 19th 2014, 8:55 pm

Was that in the auction with a lot of other Rooke pieces? I think I looked at it. I suppose you could say that its proximity to several other Rooke pieces might give it some credence. I'd have bought it as well, Rooke or not.
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by lbrierley on February 19th 2014, 9:09 pm

No, it was a private purchase in London from someone who had bought it from a collector in Wales, they said. Anyway, thanks for your reply.
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by big ed on February 20th 2014, 8:28 am

Yes it's Rooke , I sold it to the London Dealer among other things when she visited us a while back her site is OSI Modern , it's unsigned but confirmed by Bernard himself , I bought it from glasgow antique centre years ago , Ed

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by Alex_s on February 20th 2014, 9:06 am

Incidentally, I'd be interested to know if anyone comes across any more 'totem' lamp bases for sale. I wouldn't mind more then one, and I have someone else interested too.
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by lbrierley on February 20th 2014, 11:02 am

Thanks Big Ed, you would have been the person the lady from OSI mentioned, nice to know its recent travels, staying put now though. Louise
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by big ed on February 20th 2014, 11:44 am

Thats great louise , it will look really good when set up Excellent, Ed

BTW it dates from around 1964

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Post by studio-pots on February 20th 2014, 2:05 pm

Just as an aside, Bernard was a member of the CPA (Craftsmen Potters Association) in the early days but it was his use of metal rods in his lampbases that resulted in him leaving the organisation.

From my source the use of metal was used by some members of the committee to suggest that it wasn't really pottery and that he should be asked to leave. Although he did leave, it is possible that he resigned before any final decision was made.

Basically, it was an argument between traditionalists and the more experimental members.

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Post by big ed on February 20th 2014, 3:55 pm

I think in that case the traditionalists needed their heads examined .lampbases need a fitting at the top either plastic or metalic , the rods are needed in the case of heavy lamps with interchangable parts , The CPA loss Imo .

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Post by studio-pots on February 21st 2014, 5:51 pm

I think that it was all to do with sandals, handles and lentils and nothing to do with the metal.

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by big ed on February 22nd 2014, 8:01 am

studio-pots wrote:I think that it was all to do with sandals, handles and lentils and nothing to do with the metal.

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by big ed on February 22nd 2014, 12:01 pm

Alex_s wrote:Incidentally, I'd be interested to know if anyone comes across any more 'totem' lamp bases for sale. I wouldn't mind more then one, and I have someone else interested too.



This one is an original handbuilt piece from circa 64 , it's for sale ..eventually but weighs a ton so it would need to be collected

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Post by Alex_s on February 22nd 2014, 12:26 pm

Looks interesting. Collect from where
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by big ed on February 22nd 2014, 1:06 pm

Newport S. wales

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by Alex_s on February 22nd 2014, 1:11 pm

Hmm - that's a bit of a drive! Let me know if you decide on a price anyway.
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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by big ed on February 22nd 2014, 1:13 pm

ok , Happy

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Re: Bernard Rooke

Post by big ed on April 21st 2014, 3:42 pm



large 19" Tall Rooke Vase

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