Rooke or Wallwork lampbase?

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Re: Rooke or Wallwork lampbase?

Post by Tolly on June 11th 2018, 10:45 am

Hey guys. I picked up this lamp base and I've no information about the piece.
I was lead to believe it was a rooke but with no signature or stamp can't be certain.
If anybody has any incline about maker, date, that sort of thing, I'd be most grateful
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Rooke or Wallwork lampbase?

Post by NaomiM on June 11th 2018, 10:54 am

Itís best to post in ID My Pottery first if itís still to be verified, and we need a photo of the base
The alternative is Wallwork, as they used to share a studio and some moulds.
There is a very similar one in the Wallwork thread so Iíll move this into ID My Pottery until we get a consensus on who is most likely to have made it

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t4286-alan-wallwork

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Post by Tolly on June 11th 2018, 12:42 pm

Thanks NaomiM.
The piece has green felt gluded to the base, I have thought about removing it to see if it had any makings underneath but chose not to in the end.
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Post by NaomiM on June 11th 2018, 12:53 pm

Ha ha, I often remove felt before Iíve even bought the piece. Laughter

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Post by Tolly on June 11th 2018, 1:27 pm

Hahaha wonderful. That's were I'm going wrong, It'll be the first thing I do later this afternoon then.
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Re: Rooke or Wallwork lampbase?

Post by philpot on June 11th 2018, 1:45 pm

Definitely need to remove the felt. Wallwork's mark for this piece was a capital inscribed W alone. Its actually quite rare for one of these Wallwork pieces not to be marked. Whereas, its reasonably common for the Rooke one's not to be marked. Usually the Rooke mark for this type of piece would be a thin painted BR mark. Often glazed over, difficult to find, or just plain missing.
As a matter of interest, where did you find it. Rooke has had a pottery at Swilliland, near Ipswich since the early 70's. His sons also worked with him, and production was substantial. You see a lot of Rooke's work around East Anglia.

Alan Wallwork's pieces like this were generally sold through high end furniture/design shops like the famous Heal's. Nearly all in London.
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Post by Tolly on June 11th 2018, 4:39 pm

I removed the felt but can't see anything, I'll keep looking though.
Picked it up at a carboot in Stoke-on-Trent, it looked very strange and interesting amongst the regular bric a brac and for £2 I couldn't leave it.
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Re: Rooke or Wallwork lampbase?

Post by studio-pots on June 13th 2018, 8:14 pm

On balance I think it's Bernard Rooke.

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