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Royal Haeger Gladiola Peacock Large  Pink Vase With Blue Glaze Circa 1938

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Royal Haeger Peacock Vase Circa 1938, R-453, yesterday I had the honor to actually meet the wonderful collector of this art pottery. She was entering another phase of her life and was finding homes for her precious collection, simultaneously sad but exciting.

The Haeger Pottery Company was founded in 1871 in Dundee, IL. by Henry David Haeger. It started as a brickyard and it was reportedly Haeger brick that rebuilt Chicago after the great fire of 1871.

Royal Arden Hickman was Haeger's chief designer from 1938-1944. Royal was trained in art, but began his career doing construction work on the Panama Canal. He had a change of heart due to sunstroke and the brutal tropical climate nearly killed him. While he was recovering in California he began to work with clay, and the rest is history.

In 1938 he joined the Haeger pottery Company, there he began creating a premium lime of commercial art wares known as "Royal Haeger", a name that combined the designer's first name with that of the Company. This was definitely a first in the history of art pottery production. Each piece is numbered from 1938-1944, numbers were assigned to subsequent designs in chronological order, so the lower the number the older the design.

The piece weights 6 lbs 2 oz and measures 16" at the top, it is 15" tall. The base of this piece measures 8" in length and it is 5" wide. There are some flea bites and there is a small piece of blue glaze missing see photo # 4 . These imperfections in no way detract from the beauty of this piece, the piece is over 74 years old and rested on the top of Madame's shelving unit. I have left on the circumference the original tape she put on the bottom to prevent scratches on her furniture,refer to photo # 3. The blue glaze is only on one side, which was a characteristic of this designer and size of art pottery.

This would be a beloved piece of art pottery in Gertrude Stein's Collection, in the movie, Midnight in Paris. I have to share with you that Picasso flipped when he saw this piece, as "per Woody Allen".

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Royal Haeger Gladiola Peacock Large Pink Vase With Blue Glaze Circa 1938


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: clay, pink glaze, blue glaze
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