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Totem Floor Lamp

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Fans of Accolay, the distinctive pottery style created by apprentices of ceramicist Alexandre Kostanda in central France, will notice a certain familiarity in some of the lighting of Georges Pelletier (b. 1938), the Totem floor lamp included. Pelletier, born in Brussels, earned his formal education at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers in Paris (now called Arts et Métiers ParisTech), but before that, he began his training in ceramics at the Pioulier School in Vence, France, where he became fascinated with the pottery of Accolay.


This would be only the beginning of Pelletier’s creative education, though — artist Fernand Léger and ceramist Raphaël Giarrusso were also among Pelletier’s early instructors. By 1961, he had set up his own studio in Paris, where he translated these various influences into a style that incorporates elements of geometric symbolism and complex ceramic technique.


The Totem floor lamp was produced around the same time as Pelletier’s Owl table lamp, in the early 1970s, just as the artist moved to Cannes, where he continues to live and work. With its tall column shape and intricate detail, the Totem channels the spiritual object of the Ojibwe tribe for which it is named. The Totem is unglazed, which gives it a rough-hewn look and celebrates the natural materiality of the clay from which it is made. This, coupled with the display of carvings and repetitive nature of the stacked drums that make up its height, gives it the appearance of a repeated artistic study.


When lit, its carvings are illuminated from behind, suggesting celestial objects, and Pelletier’s Totem floor lamp casts enticing shadows on the floor and walls around it.

Georges Pelletier Totem Floor Lamp

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Georges Pelletier Set of 3 TOTEM Floor Lamps in Enameled Ceramic, France, 2020
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Set of 3 white TOTEM in enameled ceramic, floor lamps set bringing to your space an amazing light experience when the night falls, and a stunning sculptural presence during the day. ...
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2010s French Other Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

Iconic Georges Pelletier TOTEM Floor Lamp in White Enameled Ceramic
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
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2010s French Other

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Ceramic

Iconic Georges Pelletier TOTEM Floor Lamp in White Enameled Ceramic
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
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2010s French Other

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Ceramic

Georges Pelletier Big Sun TOTEM Floor Lamp in White Enamelled Ceramic, 2020
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
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2010s French Other

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Ceramic

Monumental Georges Pelletier Ceramic Lamp with Pearl Detailing, 1970s, France
By Georges Pelletier
Located in New York, NY
Monumental Georges Pelletier ceramic lamp with pearl detailing, 1970s, France Incredible lamp with incredible details throughout. As shown in photos. Measures: 11 inches wide a...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Georges Pelletier Table Lamp, circa 1970, France
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Girona, Spain
Large Georges Pelletier ceramic table lamp. White bisque ceramic. Organic forms. Circa 1970, France. Very good vintage condition. Georges Pelletier was born in Brussels 09/10/1938. H...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Ceramic

Georges Pelletier Totem Lamp N.2
By Georges Pelletier
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
This large, handmade lamp was sculpted in the 1970s. A Belgian ceramist and student of the National College of Crafts, in 1955 Georges Pelletier turned his attention to ceramics. ...
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Vintage 1970s French Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

Pair of Georges Pelletier Ceramic Sconces, circa 1970, France
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Girona, Spain
Pair of Georges Pelletier ceramic sconces Bisque ceramic Signed France, circa 1970 Very good vintage condition. Georges Pelletier was born in Brussels 09/10/1938. He study in Ac...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Ceramic

Georges Pelletier, Totem Floor Lamp, Varnished Ceramic, Signed, circa 1970
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Georges Pelletier, Totem floor lamp, varnished ceramic, signed, France, circa 1970. Measures: Height 1m56, diameter 20 cm. "Certificate of Authenticity" of the artist.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

Georges Pelletier, TOTEM Floor Lamp, Ceramic, Signed, France, circa 1970
By Georges Pelletier
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Georges Pelletier, TOTEM floor lamp, ceramic, signed, circa 1970, France. Measures: Height 92 cm, diameter 22 cm. "Certificate of Authenticity" of the artist.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Ceramic

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