Blue Ballet Dancer Vases by Haeger Art Pottery Co. SOLD
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Haeger Art Pottery "Ballet Dancer" Vases. Our dancers are an excellent example of unique Royal Haeger art pottery, and were only manufactured from 1953 to 1954. Haeger Potteries, Inc., began business in 1871, and is a four generation, family owned business. In 1914, they began their Art Pottery line, and being one of America's oldest and most successful art ware manufacturers, continues to produces ceramic art ware to this day.
The vases are an unusual pearlish opalescence of a light Mediterranean blue and a milky white that defines their features and clothing - the woman's tutu, ballet shoes, eyes, lips, hair and plumage on her head and the man's smock, belt buckle, cravat around his neck, and end of his sleeves - as well as the 'tassels' around the base of the vases. Unfortunately, these have some flaws. There are cracks: one visible above the man's head to lip of vase 1 1/2 (3.8cm) in length, two inside from the lip down - can be felt but barely visible; 2 1/8" (5.5cm), and 1 1/2" (3.8cm) in length, and chips: on man; on bottom underneath front, and left side rim 1/4" (0.7cm) in length, on the front, low above the curtain tassels 1/4" (1.0cm) diameter, on his forehead 7/16" (1.2cm) x 5/16" (0.8cm) in diameter, and one small chip 1/16" (0.3cm) on back on a tassel. On woman; three on tutu, two above her right leg - 1/16" (0.3cm), and 3/16" (0.5cm) in diameter, one at the end of top tutu layer, and one above left leg 1/8" (0.4cm) diameter, and on the inner tutu, and above the plumage over her head at the lip of the vase, 1/2" (1.2cm) in diameter. There seem to be no cracks on the lady. The finish is still shiny and bright with no crazing evident. The vases stand 13 3/8" (34.1cm) tall, on an oval shaped base measuring 6 1/4" (15.5cm) x 3 3/8" (7.1cm), and they weigh: man 45.4 oz (1,286g); woman 47.8 oz(1,354g). Irregardless of the 'bickering' between these two, they are still stunningly elegant. There is simply a quiet beauty that is rarely seen about these Blue Ballet Dancers, and though they probably could be repaired easily, they still command an audience and would do well in anyone's collection or display. This set is discounted due to the flaws.