Haeger Pottery is collectible ceramic ware made by the American manufacturer Haeger Potteries.
History & Description
The company was originally established as a brickyard in Dundee, Illinois, in 1852 using clay from the nearby Fox River. In 1871 a German immigrant named David H. Haeger became part owner and within a year the newly named Haeger Potteries extended its production to include tiles.
By the 1920s, the company was producing teaware, luncheonware, glassware and crystals and at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition in 1934, the company exhibited a working ceramic factory where souvenir pottery was made in situ.
In 1934, designer Royal Ardern Hickman joined the company to produce a line of artware. Branded Royal Haeger, the line was daringly intricate and featured highly original glazes with smooth and flowing lines.
Guide for collectors
In recent years, Haeger pottery has become very collectible and is frequently sold through national auction houses and is also regularly advertised on eBay. Auction records indicate that the most valuable examples were designed by Hickman between 1934 and 1944.
The Royal Haeger line consisted of many different pieces, ranging from vases to ashtrays. This pottery was deeply influenced by the Art Deco movement and was known for its birds and animals figurines. The Royal Haeger line was also popular for its pottery lamps and lighting.
Notable auction sales
On February 15th 2009 at Midwest Auction Galleries Inc. in Oxford, Michigan, two ceramic cat vases, circa 1940s, realised a price of $400.
On September 25th 2005 at Burchard Galleries in St. Petersburg, Florida, three Royal Haeger Art Deco pottery figurines, circa 1930s, realised a price of $275.
On May 16th 2004 at Burchard Galleries, a Royal Haeger nude figural lamp realised a price of $225.
On September 23rd 2011 at Richard D. Hatch & Associates in Flat Rock, North Carolina, a pair of Royal Haeger Western figurines depicting an Indian and a Cowboy realised a price of $225.