The flair of Royal Haeger


Haeger ceramic figurine - naked girl riding a fish

Haeger ceramic figurine

In 1871, the same year of the great Chicago fire, a young German immigrant named David H. Haeger founded the company originally known as the Dundee Brickyard. Over the next 130 years under four generations of family leadership, this small town brickmaker was to become America’s oldest and largest production pottery. The firm began producing artware in 1914, and the contributions of former Fulper employee Martin Stangl to its success is probably incalculable.

In 1938  design genius Royal Hickman joined the company to introduce an extraordinary line of artware, called Royal Haeger.  Hickman’s work was daringly intricate with smooth, flowing lines and highly original glazes.

Some of his designs reflected an Art Deco influence.  Public demand for Royal Haeger artware was immediate and strong. Royal Hickman’s world-acclaimed designs included his famous black panther, a sleek elongated cat, first produced in 1941 and offered in three sizes.

Black panther figurine - Haeger

Another distinguished chief designer was Eric Olsen, whose career with Haeger spanned 25 years (1947-1972). Olsen’s many contributions to the Royal Haeger line included his magnificent bull figure, produced in 1955. Haeger became recognized for its striking designs ranging from the dramatic to the whimsical. As America’s oldest and largest producer of pottery, Haeger have produced a diversity of products including  dinnerware, but have become especially known for vases, figurines, miniature animals, birds, flowers and lamps – as well as other unusual and useful accessories of exquisite taste and have continually attracted the attention of collectors worldwide.eric Olsen red bull figurine

Haeger Red Bull figurine by Nigel Olsen


Arched couple ceramic-figures-Haeger

Arched couple figurine – Haeger


Elephant Planter Haeger lime green colour

Elephant Planter with Rider

(  Haegernerd  flickr )

Haeger-ceramic-baluster vase

Abstract decorated vase – Haeger



Light blue ceramic figure, boy carrying a duck - Haeger

Boy carrying goose figurine – Royal Haeger

17 inches height



Eric-Olsen-Buddha-Green sculpture

Designer: Eric Olsen – Green Buddha – Haeger

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



red modernist vase by Haeger

Art Deco Vase



Blue sailor playing accordion and anchor

Royal Hickman – Sailor with Anchor

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



Emerald green ceramic planter - Haeger

‘Dolphin Planter’ by Eric Olson

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



Black ceramic head - temple goddess - Haeger

     ‘Temple Goddess” – Eric Olsen.

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



'Thunder and Lightning', Walnut Glaze,Haeger-leaping horses and lightning

‘Thunder and Lightning’, Walnut Glaze, 1954

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



Lime green Royal Haeger Dragon Bowl with Jewelled Lady

Royal Haeger ‘Dragon Bowl with Jewelled Lady’

( Haegernerd – Flickr )



green agate fish and asian man - Haeger

Green Agate Glaze Fountain

( Haegernerd – Flickr )



Orang vase by Royal Haeger

Vintage Royal Haeger Orange Vase



Green-petal lamp by Haeger

Haeger Petal Louvre Lamp

( Tinkers Moon Flickr )



ceramic mermaid dish - Royal Haeger

Haeger Mermaid



Three white flying ducks by Haeger

Three flying geese

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Vintage-red-glaze-rooster by Haeger

Vintage Royal Haeger Rooster

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



Haeger pair of lamps with green ribbed bases with matching vase

Tall Haeger Geometric Lamps with free form bowl.

( Haegernerd Flickr )


haeger-tiger figurine




light blue giraffe relief vase by Haeger

Art Deco giraffe vase – Royal Haeger



Red drip glaze teardrop vases - Haeger

Mid-Century Modern Pottery Lamps by Royal Haeger

( RetroSympthony Etsy )



Lime green octopus plate with black tribal heads -- Haegert

Image from haegernerd – Flickr



Haeger pottery vase

Haeger  vase



tall flared neck vase in red - Haeger

Red flared long neck vase – Haeger



Art Deco Ceramic Antelope Gazelle Statue by Haeger

Royal Haeger Art Deco  Ceramic Antelope Gazelle Statue



Haeger Leda and Swan platter in red, black and green

 Leda and the Swan



Blue art deco Haeger twin handled vase

Haeger Pottery vase From the Adam and Eve collection 1914 – 1933

( Collectors Weekly )



Haeger Vase tweed look decoration

Royal Haeger Gold Tweed Vase



Haeger Figurine peacock vase-- Haeger

Vintage Royal Haeger Peacock Vase



Yellow glazed Cleopatra lamp by Haeger

Vintage HAEGER Pottery Figural Cleopatra Isis Lamp




black ceramic antelope by Haeger

Black giselle – Royal Haeger




Tall haeger orange peel vase with volcanic glaze


      Tall long neck orange peel vase





royal haeger ewer

Royal Haeger vintage ewer




Haeger jug with earth wrap glaze





Vintage Pale Blue Vase – Haeger USA



Haeger candle holder

Haeger Mid Century modern earth drip candle holder


Haeger claims that their famous glazes are  frequently imitated but never successfully copied. The glaze covering the artware must be perfectly mixed and blended; hard and durable when fired, without cracks. Above all, the color must be clear and lustrous. Careful dipping assures a uniform coating of the bisque. In 2011 haeger celebrated their 140th anniversary and vowed to continue their  dedication to innovative design and quality craftsmanship.

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  1. John Magon
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I see you’ve used many of my pics, some you’ve given me credit for. Would have been nice if all my pics were labeled Haegernerd at flickr but thanks for giving some credit. I’m a Haeger lover and like your website!

  2. robbie
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    I apologize for the oversight, I will check which ones were missed and insert the credits. Cheers and thanks…Robbie

  3. Joan
    Posted August 4, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I own the Royal Hickman lady riding the fish (your first photo). Yours is the only picture of this piece that I’ve found so far. Do you know the year, value, etc? Mine also has a large shallow bowl that the figure rests in.

  4. Celia Stastny
    Posted September 19, 2012 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    I have a piece that belonged to my mother, it says on the bottom
    R 476
    By (not sure about that second letter) ROYAL (and maybe a signature can’t quite make it it out… Could be) Mc (something)
    It’s blue with a purple fleck that is more concentrated on the top. Its low and oblong and was used by my mother at a flower show where she won first place with the arrangement. In the early ’40’s

  5. farhad
    Posted October 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    خیلی زیباست….liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiikeeeeee

  6. Terry
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I have a vase with a sticker “GENUINE Haeger”. It is a light green antelope looking over it’s shoulder, Art Deco style. I would like to know more about this piece. What is the best place to start this search?

  7. Marguerite
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I have a Haeger elephant planter lamp. My mother says they purchased it in a store brand new but I can only find the planter but not as a lamp. It does not look like to have been made by someone and it was purchased as new Do you know if there is such a lamp in Haeger

  8. Nilda
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    I have a royal heager mermaid, with the 23K gold tweed, but her tail is curled up and touching the mermaid’s head. is it as valuable as the one in the picture?

  9. Rhonda
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    I have an amber colored rooster marked royal haeger USA r 1762 19.5 inches tall. I can not find a picture or any information. Would you know I anything about it?

  10. Marleen Cornwell
    Posted June 8, 2013 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    I have a royal haeger brown vase with leaves on the base. Model number is 433-H. Also on the bottom is hand written “Love, and Peace, Sal” This was written before any finish was put on the vase. Could you tell me more about this vase?

  11. Cindy Oberholtzer
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    I have the large (at least 19″ in height) of the Gazelle in with the horn curved, landing on its back, and spiraling upwards in the middle of its back. It is ebony. Can you give me an estimate of its age and worth please.

  12. P Shelton
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I have a pair of the Cleopatra Isis lamps. I grew up thinking they were bookends. Where would I go to find out their value?

  13. Posted March 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Check out the Royal Haeger petal Louvre lamp I have for sale on eBay just like the one pictured above.

  14. vickie seal
    Posted April 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I have a dark, bluish green, large vase with vertical leaves on the near bottom. it is imprinted on the underside, Royal Haegar USA 424. Anyone have any information on this. thanks.

  15. Lori Fromwiller
    Posted April 25, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I have an amazing mermaid lamp that has the Royal Haeger gold label on it. The lamp is large the mermaid is a grayish hue on a giant dark green shell. The lamp shade and finial are also intact. I am unable to find any information onthis lamp.check it out!

  16. Becky Dana
    Posted January 8, 2015 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Have a Grey Royal Haeger gray Vase light green inside marked on the bottom R446 USA it is 14″tall has like a grey flower on bottom. My neighbor who had many antiques gave me a pair of them, but one of my sons broke one, do you know what year they were made and of what valve? Would appreciate your help. Thanking you advance. Becky

  17. Millie Mednansky
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I have a Royal Hickman yellow like ceramic figurine that looks like a horse and has small opening across top of it and on inside of bottom of it has th enumber235. Can you please tell me what it is. I have had it for about 50 years and bought it at garage sale.
    Thank You, Millie Mednansky [email protected]

  18. Lindy
    Posted August 8, 2015 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    I have a Royal Haeger Canada bud vase, 61618. This piece has an awesome orange and green, with a splash or red and white glaze patterning. At the base, it resembles a geode. Does anyone know what the glaze name is? I’d also like to know something of the RH Canadian history.

    Would be happy o post a picture but haven’t seen a way to do so.

  19. eric
    Posted October 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lindy,

    You got the number upside down. It’s R1919. I would have to see a picture in order to know what the glaze is called.

  20. Meg
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I have 2 Red Roosters marked and #’d what is their worth.

  21. Lorraine
    Posted April 17, 2016 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    I have the large Royal Haeger “Nude With Fish and Turtle” Lamp and would also like to know what year this was produced. Mine has original oversized oriental slanted hat shade. It is light grey. Thanks for your help!

  22. Helen Amundson
    Posted May 29, 2016 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I have a yellow colored t.v. lamp that is approx 18 ” long and 5″ high. It looks just like the black panther which is a bit larger. Any clues about my item?

  23. Jean Rook
    Posted May 31, 2016 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    I would like to know the value of a Royal Haeger table lamp.
    It is rather oriental looking, shades of green mixed with blue.
    The raised design is seaweed on each side and a fan tailed fish at the top. The shape is a square opening with a small dish in the center of the base.
    Jean Rook, Burlington, VT

  24. kris moore
    Posted June 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I have an antique vintage store. I was wondering if anyone knows a website to buy royal haeger. Besides ebay, of course. Thank you!

  25. Catherine
    Posted August 10, 2016 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    I have a pinkish tinted bird-bath lamp that was marked as rare. I hope so!

  26. Rhonda
    Posted August 15, 2016 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    I have a flower pot, burnt orange color, bottom says: Haeger U.S.A. #1776 , Designer-Eric Olsen – Sculptor-Trygve Rovelstad. There are raised impressions all around the pot, showing: signing of constitution 1787 , one small step 1976 , independence hall 1776. Any one have any information on this item and possible worth. Thanks for any help!

  27. Tamara Peterson
    Posted October 2, 2016 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Can you please tell me how to authenticate the “Horse and Foal” the bottom says Royal Haeger R451 U.S.A. . However, I have seen photos of other pieces with a metal label on the top of the art. Is tis real or fake?

  28. Kenny
    Posted October 18, 2016 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I am in desperate need to find a royal haeger turtle planter. I believe its R540usa. It’s both green and brown. It has incredible sentimental value to my wife and like an oaf, I hit the shelf and it went flying. Please feel free to call or text me 252-916-4774 or email and put this in the subject line. I’m willing to pay a finders fee if need be and the total is not absurd.

    Please help me get out of the doghouse…I’m begging you…

  29. Jane Smith
    Posted October 29, 2016 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    The yellow Isis is a Cameron Clay Product, Haeger did make a similar one, not this though.

  30. Nita Holt
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    I have a Royal Haeger by Royal Hickman Console bowl mauve colored w/mauve and blue flowers around the top w/a matching mauve and blue lady on a fish that sits in the middle. What can you tell me about it? It has been passed down to me from my mother from her mother. The family story was that my uncle sent it to my grandmother from Japan. I’m guessing that is not true since it was made in the U.S.A. Thank you.

  31. chavis
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    I have a ceramic pot with signing of constitution on it what is it worth

  32. Lisa Price
    Posted May 3, 2018 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Hello, and thank you for creating such an awesome page of Royal Haeger images and info! I recently tumbled across this large jug marked “Royal Haeger 432-H USA” There’s also the little copy write insignia in the middle of the mark. The piece is 13.5 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide at the widest point, which is sort of oblong. The glaze is gorgeous! A flowing variance of blues with drizzles of matte black. I have found one jug in the shape and size, but it was a metallic solid glaze – nothing like this. Is there anyone who might be able to help me date and value this little gem? Thanks in advance for any assistance any of you can provide! You can see it here:

  33. helen
    Posted June 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Cleaning out. Vintage 1950s Royal Haeger planter called Two Love birds in House. Dark green, perfect except for tiny chip on base. Family gift from that era.

  34. Dan
    Posted December 14, 2020 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Hi I have a Haeger 4116 design by Eric Olsen 1969 USA commemorating man’s first landing on the moon July 20, 1969 by US astronauts Armstrong and Alden navigated by Collins

  35. Mellissa
    Posted July 23, 2023 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure this site is active. If so, I have a signed Haegar S Maglio lamp. It is in the shape of a vase covered in shells that is on its side. It sits on a small pedestal and is white/off white. Inside the side of the vase are six detailed small fish, all highly colorful.
    I bought a 1980s home with many other Haegar pieces, all from the 80s. These are larger and more well known. But I cannot find another lamp similar to mine. Any ideas?

  36. Carmella Noll
    Posted August 9, 2023 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    I have the first figurene show of Nude Riding Fish but mine is DARK GREEN (I have seen some in lime green) and has a clear label “Harger” I would like to sell it but I don’t know the value

  37. Carmella
    Posted October 5, 2023 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I have the first piece shown the Royal Hickman lady riding the fish (your first photo). Yours is the only picture of this piece that I’ve found so far. Do you know the year, value, etc? I would like to sell mine. If interested e-mail me at [email protected]

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