Located just northwest of Chicago, the producer of this sleek cat, Royal Haeger Potteries was originally founded as Dundee Brickyard in 1871, the same year as the great Chicago fire.
Over the course of two days, October 8th through the 10th, the fire raged across the city, destroying close to 4 square miles and leaving somewhere around 90 thousand dead or homeless. Over the next seven years, between 1872 and 1879, more than ten thousand construction permits were issued and David Haeger’s Dundee Brickyard supplied millions of bricks used to rebuild Chicago.
Nearing the close of the 19th century David Haeger, along with the help of his son Edmund Haeger, began transitioning his company from brick manufacturers into clay artisans. By the time of David Haeger’s death in 1900 the company was already producing red clay flower pots to be used by the florist trade, and through artistic vision of Edmund Haeger, Haeger Potteries was producing a fine Greek style Artware collection known as Adam and Eve by 1914.
Royal Hickman joined Haeger Potteries in 1938, a design master, Hickman and Haeger introduced an extraordinary line of artware, called Royal Haeger. The collaboration of these two artist produced a clay image featuring intricate yet smooth, flowing lines and highly original glazes.
The production of Royal Haeger’s world-acclaimed Black Panther, such as the one feature in my Etsy store front, began in 1941, and continued through 1964. This sleek elongated cat was immediately popular and in such strong public demand three sizes were produced.
Below you will find a few images of the rare pale green glazed Royal Haeger Panther offered in my shop.