Wednesday, January 11, 2012
More From Royal Haeger Potterys. Same Shape - Different Finish. Status: Three's Company.
I do love me some Royal Haeger! After seeing a large collection of this line in the brilliant orange at a now defunct retro shop on Cherokee Street's Antique Row many years ago I was hooked. I started picking up a piece here and there at thrift stores and estate sales. Then I spotted the line in this finish. Sweet. I could keep buying without collecting duplicates!
I find collecting small items from a line like this so much fun because I don't usually find them
all in one place at the same time. Actually, that wouldn't be any fun at all! I enjoy the hunt. It
always starts with a single piece bought solely for it's aesthetic qualities...and maybe hoping it's
worth a bit more than what I'm paying for it.
Finding a second piece of a specific line is always a surprise to me and gives me such a charge
because this means there's more out there to find! That's when the fun really begins because
now I'm on the hunt. I can actively search the pieces out and do research to find out what else
there is to find.
It seems like a few years ago I was finding a piece of Royal Haeger about once or twice a
month. I haven't come across many new pieces lately, just a large bright orange compote about
a month ago. I haven't seen any in this Gold Tweed Glaze in years. Even more seemingly rare
are the blue / green pieces. I haven't seen any Royal Haeger in that color combination in
MANY years. Most of my collection is in the blazing orange color.
The sublime shapes and subtle curves of these two ashtrays bring to mind one of my favorite
Heywood Wakefield lines: Kohinoor. The Kohinoor line of bedroom furniture is heavily faceted
much like the Kohinoor diamond and I'm sure that was sorta the point but if you've ever seen
the Heywood Wakefield Kohinoor bed you'll understand why I can see a family resemblance to
this Royal Haeger line even though there is no actual relation. Oh to dream of a bedroom full of
Hey/Wake Kohinoor surrounded by Royal Haeger. ::sigh:: Now that's class.