Today, I continue a mini-salute to Haeger Potteries to commemorate their 145th anniversary and their unfortunate decision to shutter their business. In particular I decided to deviate from my usual Friday format a bit.
My all-time favorite Royal Haeger item is their Leopard console set. It is composed of two differently posed leopards and a footed planter.
For some unknown reason, Haeger catalogues list the cats as tigers, even though they have no stripes nor are their bodies tiger-like.
The leopards are perhaps the most famous creations of studio stuylist Royal Hickman. They are part of an entire line of accessories that include cigarette boxes and table lamps, which I don’t own.
Most leopard statuettes were finished in a leopard pattern glaze, but there was a run of them finished in a solid, grayish glaze that are not as attractive. They’re very difficult to find, so I’m guessing the single color glazed cats are more valuable.
I originally came across my set in 1999 and have displayed it since then, never placing it in storage at all. Every couple of years I change the semi-permanent arrangement in the planter for the sake of variety.
Today, I decided to go with a red-orange dried tropical arrangement. It needed to have a narrow, upward shape in order to fit on top of a crowded console display surface.
The finished project fits in well with the mid-century fire orange themed collection of other items.