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Post by philpot 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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Post by 22 Crawford St. 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 April 21st 2018, 10:08 pm

Another one with Rooke’s mark

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

Naomi...looks very very similar
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Post by brin mcardle May 18th 2018, 3:51 pm


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Has a hollow base but no signature ..all help as usual much appreciated
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Post by brin mcardle May 18th 2018, 4:26 pm

Should hav epost this pic as wellBernard Rooke - Page 7 Copied51

The cooker isnt important Clap
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Post by Potty May 18th 2018, 4:32 pm

Looks like an upside-down Bernard Rooke Goblet.

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Post by brin mcardle 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 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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Post by brin mcardle May 28th 2018, 5:21 pm

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Post by NaomiM May 28th 2018, 6:19 pm

Excellent


Looks like Bernard Rooke to me

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

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

Thanks again...to you both..and for advice on photos
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Post by cycladelic 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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Post by philpot 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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Post by DabbleBabs August 17th 2018, 9:53 am

Hello
I've just bought this at an auction, knowing it was a "something special" but cannot see another online anywhere. And then I found this wonderful forum - I will be a regular!
Can anyone help confirm this or point me to where I could find out more?
Also, should I wire it up for a lamp or leave it as it is, if I was to sell it (may keep and make a lampshade for it, though).
Thank you
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Post by philpot August 17th 2018, 10:25 am

Yes definitely Bernard Rooke. He had a pottery at near Ipswich, and produced a lot of similar designs working with his sons. These are becoming quite trendy now. If you want to use it as a Lamp I would strongly recommend rewiring and changing the fitment. These can be 50 years old now and not up to modern standards.
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Post by philpot August 17th 2018, 10:29 am

If you like this type of Lamp Base look up the lamp bases of Alan Wallwork. They shared a studio in the 50's/60's and their work has similar design trends.
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Post by NaomiM August 17th 2018, 10:35 am

Don’t bother wiring it up. I often cut off the wiring of lampbases before selling them because collectors either do it themselves or simply want the base for display. Plus, if you’re not a qualified electrician then technically it’s illegal to do it yourself for resale.

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Post by abstract toad 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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Post by Maddy January 10th 2019, 11:24 am

Today I wanted to send an e-mail too mr. Rooke himself. I found the address here on the
forum. Does anybody know if rooke@gxn.co.uk might not work or exist anymore? What did I do wrong? My question for mr. Rooke is about a studio lamp base.
Might someone else can help me about the identification?
It isn’t marked ‘Rooke’ or ‘B.R.' anywhere but on seeing different kinds of examples on the internet and here it may well be? Any help or information about the identification would be greatly appreciated.
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Post by NaomiM January 10th 2019, 12:18 pm

Yes, Rooke.

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Post by dantheman January 10th 2019, 1:08 pm

yes I have seen very similar Rooke pieces, many are unmarked

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Post by Maddy January 10th 2019, 2:23 pm

Many thanks :)
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