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An unusual Bernard Rooke signed sculptural pottery vase, most likely made in Suffolk, England in the 1960s or 1970s. 
It looks to be moulded vase with a pebble-like upper, bulging stripy middle and narrow base/foot - almost like an abstract flower. A narrow oval hole at the top for flowers - would hold half dozen stems - though it's probably more suited to display in a collection. The distinctive muted colours and shapes are of a Modernist/Brutalist style. Lovely organic natural earthy neutral tones. Beige glazed uppers, dripping downwards, with raw unglazed deep terracotta lowers. The sides have a more grey/blue tone dripping down. It's a heavy rough stoneware type clay.
Rooke set up a studio in London with Alan Wallwork in 1960, and produced many lamp bases and sculptural vases. The lamp bases were popular and more mass produced and have proved a mainstay until the present day. The sculptures exercised his artistic talents to the full - this vase falling into the latter category. He moved to larger premises in Suffolk in 1967, and continues to this day with his son. I don't know if this vase is from London in the 1960s era, or Suffolk from the 1970s - probably a 70s example.
This is a unique handmade vase which reflects its handmade studio pottery nature - giving it great character. Similar to works from other studio potteries from the 1960s/1970s time - Louis Hudson, Bob Dawe, Tremain, etc. Would make a fab addition for any collector of vintage studio pottery and would complement any retro, vintage, 70s, modernist, minimalist or modern interior. 
In very good condition, a really nice collectable example. Stamped to one side with the distinctive 'ROOKE' stamp. A mid statement size - 22cm x 11cm x 8cm. 
Includes P&P to the UK.

Bernard Rooke pottery vase 1960s/1970s vintage signed Studio art. Brutalist

£79.00 Regular Price
£71.10Sale Price
  • sculpture, Tremain, mid century, made in england, Louis Hudson, cornish, sculptural, Bob Dawe, rustic, moulded, neutral decor, flower, Shelf
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