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1940’s Royal Haeger Ballerina Vase

Royal Haeger, c.1940's, 8" Ballerina in Tutu with Art Deco Disc Vase - unmarked but in Reference Books, List Price $119.00, Super Special Price $ 75.00

Royal Haeger, c.1940’s, 8″ Ballerina in Tutu with Art Deco Disc Vase – unmarked but in Reference Books, List Price $119.00, Super Special Price $ 75.00  SOLD!

The perfect gift for your little Ballerina or for one that appreciates the Art of Dance from the Royal Haeger Pottery CompanyDavid Haeger opened a brick company providing building materials to reconstruct Chicago after the fire of 1871.  As time progressed and an appreciation for his fine craftsmanship grew he expanded his business into the art of ceramics.

Noteworthy designers have worked for Haeger, including Royal Hickman (1938). One of Haeger’s  art pottery divisions, Royal Haeger, carries his first name.  Royal was known for his ability to capture the spirit of the Art Deco movement into his designs. This 1940s figural work is most likely a Royal Hickman design although I have been unable to find credit given to him or any other designer.  It features a ballerina dressed in a tutu next to a disc-shaped vase. The vase not only draws from Art Deco design but a strong Edgar Degas influence should be noted as well. Although unmarked, it is well documented in Haeger reference books.  This example, offered in a soft sage green stands about 8″ tall and is in superb condition.

Royal Haeger Pottery, c. 1940's, 8" Ballerina Vase with Art Deco Disc, Side and Back View

Royal Haeger Pottery, c. 1940’s, 8″ Ballerina Vase with Art Deco Disc, Side and Back View,  SOLD!

All of our remaining daily specials will be available until Christmas Day. We guarantee that the item will be in very good to superior condition and we offer a full refund if you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase. We guarantee that your selection will arrive well packaged and double boxed at a discounted shipping price of $15.00 in California and $20.00 for the rest of the USA. California residents are subject to local sales tax.  We accept Visa, MasterCard and Pay Pal and guarantee that your insured item will be shipped within 48 hours of receiving payment.  To order call our Direct “Daily Special” Phone # 949-496-1889 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Royal Haeger Pottery, c. 1940's, Ballerina Vase with Art Deco Disc, Close-Up of Face Detail

Royal Haeger Pottery, c. 1940’s, Ballerina Vase with Art Deco Disc, Close-Up of Face Detail, SOLD!

If you have any questions or to order online you may e-mail us direct at Be sure to check back tomorrow for another terrific work from one or more of your favorite pottery companies.


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Long Beach Today – Sunday, October 21st

The Bennetts of California c.1949 “Serpentine” Series 8″ Vase – Mold #206,  $109.00

It is with great pleasure that we announce that we will be at the Long Beach Antique and Collectible Market today, Sunday, October 21st.  After a seven week hiatus we look forward to showing you, our valuable customers and friends all the newest treasures  we have recently acquired.  Although under strict “rest” restrictions these past two months we were still able to uncover some terrific vases from all of your favorite potteries and from some newly discovered ones as well. Let me take this moment to thank those that sent “get well” wishes. The reports of my demise were greatly exaggerated (as well they should be!) and I am feeling terrific.

Roseville Pottery, c.1945, 8.25″ Double Handled Urn, Mold #196-8, $295.00 SOLD

The Long Beach Antique Market  is held in the Veteran’s Stadium parking lot just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street and is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.  Billy Blue Eye Pottery is located in space # A-853.  Look for our familiar green and white tent. We will have over 225 ceramic and stoneware items available and promise that there will be many newly found items to tempt you with.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Stangl Pottery of Trenton, New Jersey, c.1935-37 7″ Ribbed Ball Vase in Tangerine with Green Interior, $115.00 SOLD

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Revisiting Hull Pottery – Shop Today Tustin Flea Market

Hull Pottery was founded in 1905 by Addis Emmet Hull in Crooksville, Ohio and is considered to be one of the “Ohio Four” in Classic Americana Pottery.  The other three being McCoy, Roseville and Weller.  As with all collectibles Hull Pottery has seen it’s demand rise and fall over the years and recently we are seeing a rebirth of popularity.

Hull Pottery, c. 1958-60 “Tokay & Tuscany” 8″ Basket, mold # 6, $85.00 SOLD

For me Hull’s strength has always been it’s ability to capture a piece of Americana expressed through classic roots as displayed in their “Tokay and Tuscany” line which for me is an American interpretation of Classic Italian forms and design.  Look at the “Parchment and Pine” series and you see a nod to the American West with boot shaped pitchers decorated with pine cones and rolled parchment deeds.

Hull Pottery, c. 1951-54 “Parchment & Pine” 14.25″ Ewer, Mold # S-7, $170.00 SOLD

Hull Pottery remained in business until 1986 and created not only sophisticated ceramic pieces but also playful utilitarian items. You can see a display of Hull’s work offered for sale today, June 24th at The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market   where 50 plus vendors set up shop at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Look for our green and white tent, we hope to see you there!

Hull Pottery, c. 1958-60 “Tokay & Tuscany” 10.5″ Moonbasket Vase, Mold #11, $150.00 SOLD

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New Paintings by Anna Pap Make Debut at the Long Beach Antique Market

One of our favorite painters Anna Pap has been busy this winter painting some delightful new works that Billy Blue Eye is pleased to present this Sunday, April 29th at a special fifth Sunday Long Beach Antique Market Show.

“Still Life with Melon and Cherries” An original acrylic Painting on canvas by Anna Pap, 12″ x 12″, $129.00 SOLD

Anna was born and educated in Budapest, Hungary. She  currently resides in her hilltop home in Southern California where the beauty of the greenbelts and white water ocean views provide her with plenty of inspiration. Her love of nature is seen in her floral portraits.

“Roses and Pomegranate” An Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas by Anna Pap, 16″ x 20″, $259.00

These works as well as over 200 ceramic, stoneware and glass items including vases, bowls, candle holders, lamps and other wonderful collectibles from all of your favorite pottery companies will be available for sale under our green and white tent located this Sunday in space # A843.

“Floral Kimono” An Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas by Anna Pap, 12″ x 12″, $129.00 SOLD

The Long Beach Antique Market  is held in the Veteran’s Stadium parking lot just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street and is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.

“Geraniums on My Window” An Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas by Anna Pap, 24″ x 30″, $399.00

For those of you readers that have never attended the Long Beach Antique Show I strongly urge you to get in your car, hop on the 405 and prepare yourself to enjoy one of the best Flea Market experiences in all of California.  Each and every event is unique and I assure you that there are some delightful treasures just waiting to be discovered by you.  Stop by talk some pottery with us and check out Anna’s work. We look forward to meeting you and seeing you there!

“Still Life with Blue Pot” An Original Acrylic on Canvas Painting by Anna Pap, 12″ x 12″, $129.00 SOLD

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Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market – Sunday, April 15th

Dear Faithful Readers and Fans of Billy Blue Eye,

We have been very busy today loading the van with wonderful ceramic treasures and are looking forward to showing and selling them tomorrow at the Long Beach Antique Market. Now normally we’d post a number of photos to tempt you and entice you into visiting our green and white tent tomorrow. But today we’re not in a very normal mood.  In fact we think we should offer a bit of intrigue with this announcement and invitation.  So if you are prepared to be surprised, amazed and stunned please stop by tomorrow.

The Long Beach Antique Market  is held in the Veteran’s Stadium parking lot just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street and is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. (Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.)  We are in space #A853, we hope to see you there!

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Great Holiday Gifts at the Long Beach Antique Market Sunday, December 18th

We invite you to join us in a year-end celebration and sale at the Long Beach Antique Market this Sunday, December 18th.  All of us at Billy Blue Eye are most thankful to our faithful clients, collectors and friends that have helped to make this a terrific year.

Rum Rill (Red Wing) Pottery, c.1930’s 7″ Dutch Blue Stippled Vase, Mold #630, $115.00 SOLD

We began 2011 by setting up a  booth for the first time at the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held on the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds. The three day event introduced us to our neighbors to the south in San Diego County and we are hopeful to include another visit  in our 2012 show schedule.

We also enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the spring and fall Whittier Street Fairs where we found that the love of antiques runs strong in that historic city. We set up shop at the Rose Bowl in July for the first time and were amazed at the sheer size of it all; so much to see, so many people to meet and yes so little time to shop.

“Hawaiian Hut” An Original Watercolor by James Coleman, c. 1980’s, $2,899.00

We became a “regular” vendor at the “best little Flea Market in Orange County” held in Tustin on the fourth Sunday of the month where we reconnected with some of our OC clients and of course we faithfully pitched the familiar green and white tent at the Long Beach Antique Market the third Sunday of every month.

“Hawaiian Hut” Original Watercolor by James Colemen – Close-Up View

The Long Beach show held at Veteran’s Stadium just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. (Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.)  Each month we look forward to this event as it is our “favorite” show not only for the quality and quantity of great antiques and collectibles but more importantly because of the terrific people we have met and we look forward to see each time that we are there.

Beswick Pottery of England, c.1934-40 by Mr. Symcox in 1934 6.25″ Drip Glaze Bud Vase, # 193, $80.00 SOLD

So please join us at this last Long Beach show of 2011 as we celebrate the Holiday Season by bringing out our very best original artwork, ceramic and stoneware items many from our personal collections and available for a limited time only. You will find beautiful, unique gifts for that special someone at all price points. Maybe you’ll even be tempted to treat yourself to that Van Briggle vase you’ve been dreaming about. We offer a liberal exchange policy so just in case Aunt Lisa doesn’t share the same enthusiasm you have for mid-century design she’ll be able to select another ceramic turtle to add to her brood.

Red Wing Pottery, c.1950’s 10.5″ Hand painted “Accordion Man” by Belle Kogan, # B1417, $150.00 SOLD

We wish to take this opportunity to offer a sincere, heartfelt thank you to you our readers, collectors and friends for trusting us and for shopping with us when one has so many options be it virtual or brick and mortar storefronts. We wish each of you a Happy Chanukah, the Merriest of Christmases and a New Year filled with the happiness of a life filled with love, kindness and peace.

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Uptown Whittier, CA Street Faire – Saturday, October 22nd

Billy Blue Eye Pottery is once again proud to be a part of this Saturday’s Whittier, CA Spring Street Faire. The twice annual celebration is held in Uptown Whittier from 9 AM until 4 PM. We will be located in booth # 36 which is located at the intersection of Philadelphia & Friends Streets.

Catalina Pottery by Gladding McBean, c.1937-43, 10.25" Flared Square Rim Vase in White & Turquoise, Mold #428, $195.00 SOLD

Once again we will be featuring a large selection of pottery from all of your favorite companies including Roseville, Weller, McCoy, Van Briggle, Catalina, Frankoma, Rookwood, Beswick, Red Wing, Royal Haeger, Sascha Brastoff and many more.

Billy Blue Eye will also offer our “Annual Band-Aid Sale” which offers significant savings of 30% to 90% off damaged pottery, ceramic and stoneware items. The damages might include chips, hairline cracks, stains or previous repairs. All items will still maintain some functionality.

Please join us in Whittier for a day of great shopping, good food and  friendly people . We hope to see you there!

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Mid-Century Design: Has the Revival Run it’s Course?

“I’m looking for a mid-century _______________ (lamp, vase, bowl, chair, table, wall hanging, sculpture…) You can fill in the blank with your item of choice as this statement continues to be heard from customers on a regular basis.

Is it that the styling of the 1950’s and 1960’s was so magnificent that no other artistic and creative expression will do? Or is it perhaps a longing for  a time that seemed so much easier, less complex, with a very sophisticated yet funky vibe? Perhaps it is a combination of both but I sense that with the current unease in all aspects of life in the early 21st Century the revival of all things Mid-Century does bring us some sense of the familiar, (well familiar to us Baby Boomers!) and a reassurance that we are and will be okay.

Red Wing Pottery c.1953-58 11.5" Mid-Century "Starburst" Vase by Charles Murphy, $105.00 SOLD

Billy Blue Eye believes that the interest in Mid-Century design will be with us for a number of years to come and we strive to offer fine examples of ceramics from that era. Many of these vases, candle holders, plates and objets d’arts will be on display and available  for purchase this Sunday, October 16th at the Long Beach Flea Market.

Royal Haeger Pottery c.1949 8.5" Green & Brown Agate Double Leaf Fan Vase with Original Label by Royal Hickman, Mold # R301, $68.00

The  Long  Beach Antique Market is held in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking Lot located just off North Lakewood Boulevard and East Conant Street from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Billy Blue Eye Pottery is located in space # A 853 under the green and white tent.  Click here for a 10% off Admission Coupon. We hope to see you there.

Sascha Brastoff - c.1953-62, 5.5" x 7" "Abstract" Series Crescent Shaped Vase, Stamped w/Rooster Logo, Mold #F21, $85.00

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Celebrate Dad & Shop for Treasures at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market

Our family celebrated Father’s Day in a wide variety of ways and oftentimes to an outsider some of our celebrations were non-traditional and well, sort of kookie. Unlike Mother’s Day where the celebration usually centered around Mom not having to cook on a Sunday for a change, Dad’s special June Sunday was usually spent with one of his favorite pastimes at the center of the day’s activity.

Steinborn & Gruen of Venice, CA c. 1970-80's 11.5" Handmade Studio Vase "Bella", $90.00 SOLD

Now it would have been great for this little article had my Dad collected art pottery, but he didn’t. So no I did not go hunting for Roseville and McCoy vases with Dad. But we did hunt for a special fishing lure once that was supposed to help one snag the biggest Northern Pike you could imagine.

Brush McCoy c.1930-40's 7.25" Art Deco Footed Yellow Vase, $70.00

There was also the Father’s Day that Dad packed us all in the Chevy wagon, including Mom who was seven months pregnant with my youngest Brother Matthew, and took us to a day of Thoroughbred Horse Racing at Arlington Park Race Track. Now to most that would not sound so unusual except for the fact that there had been tornado warnings all day and after the first race the sky turned a threatening greenish black. Within minutes the sirens began blaring and over the load speaker came the command to take cover inside the grandstand.

Brush McCoy c.1930-40's 7.25" Art Deco Geometric Yellow Vase Mold #704 USA, $70.00

We all followed the order and took shelter on the ground level of the building. There with a few hundred other gamblers we huddled in the center far away from any windows or doorways. The lights flickered and then the rain came pouring down as loud as I had ever heard it rain. The lights went out and the air conditioning stop blowing while the winds outside roared an ominous and mournful song. And it rained and rained and rained.

The storm lasted a good twenty minutes and eventually the lights came back on and the clamor of the storm abated. The management announced that the racing day was cancelled and informed all that the rain had flooded the parking lot. It took some time for us to reach the doorway and when we did we were greeted by a gentle lapping of water around our ankles as if we gone wading into a lake.

Red WIng Pottery, c.1935-45 10.75" Art Deco Machine Age Yellow with Grey Interior Vase (original label) Mold #405, #125.00 SOLD

The ground floor of the Grandstand was built at an elevation of about 10 feet higher than the parking lot. Once we got outside we saw ahead of us people walking in water waist deep and in the case of the young neck high. My Father placed my brother Mark of his shoulders and my Mom, two sisters and myself slowly followed him as we got wetter and wetter and the water rose higher and higher until all of us were treading in three to four feet of newly fallen rain.

Red Wing Pottery, c.1950's 8" Long Neck Yellow with Grey Interior Vase by Belle Kogan, Mold #B 1426, $75.00

We eventually made our way to the Chevy and luckily for us we had parked in an area where the water had been able to drain away, although it was still bumper high. It was then that we noticed that my Mother who had been wearing a lovely crepe dress was now wearing a lovely crepe top with her slip covering her lower body.  The dress had shrunk at least a eighteen inches  and it’s hem now adorned her baby bump as if it were a bonnet. We all roared in laughter and secretly thanked God as we all realized that we had gotten through a very bad storm with only a damaged dress.

Now you might ask why I tell this story today. It comes to mind for two reasons, one the obvious, it was a Father’s Day memory that has stayed with me all these forty-five years later. And it serves to help me make my point that the important thing about Father’s Day is that whatever you do, you should try to create a day that will remain a memory. And for those of you lucky ones  whose Dad collects Weller or Hull or Catalina Pottery a way to make Dad’s day memorable is to shop for a new treasure for him at The Long Beach Flea Market.

Cowan Pottery, c.1926-28 7.25" Art Deco Seahorse Fan Vase in Daffodil Glaze #715-A, $125.00 SOLD

The second reason I tell this tale will help to bring some cohesion to the vases I have presented throughout my writing. You see the winner of the first race that stormy day was a horse named “Mellow Yellow” and as I look at the newly acquired vases that are available for sale I feel a sense of calm, the calm that the color yellow has always brought to me.

Cowan Pottery, c.1926-28 3.5" Art Deco Seahorse Toothpick Holder in Daffodil Glaze #726, $55.00 SOLD

To see these terrific vases and many more beautiful items from all of your Dad’s favorite Pottery companies join us tomorrow, June 19th at the the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market in Long Beach, California. The  Long Beach Collectible & Antique Market is located in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking Lot from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM. We are located in space # A 853. Click here for 10% off Admission Discount Coupon.

Happy Father’s Day to all Dad’s and here’s to making your Father’s Day a day to remember just as “Mellow Yellow” made one that I spent with my Dad.

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In Addition to Long Beach Antique & Collectible Show, Billy Blue Eye Adds the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale to January Events.

With the promise of a sunny, warm California winter weekend in the forecast, it is with great pleasure that Billy Blue Eye will attend the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market this Sunday, January 16th.

In addition we have added to our January show schedule the three day Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held next weekend Friday, January 21st through Sunday, January 23rd. The Del Mar event is held indoors at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds where we will not be at the mercy of  Mother Nature as we were with the pre-holiday events in November and December.

Monmouth Western Stoneware  c.1930-35 6.5″ Bud Vase w/ original label, $49.00 (Left) SOLD and Monmouth c.1927-35 9.5″ Cobalt Blue Double Frond Vase, $79.00 (Right) SOLD

Billy Blue Eye since its inception has proudly offered works by Monmouth Western Stoneware Company of Monmouth, Illinois as we were drawn to the rich saturation of their glaze colors.  Monmouth was formed in 1894 creating utilitarian items such as butter churns, bowls, crocks and jugs. In the early 1900’s the company created an art pottery line and its work was often mistaken as product from the Red Wing Union Stoneware Company (Red Wing, Minnesota) that competed with Monmouth at that time.

In 1905, Monmouth was sold and in 1906 it was merged with six other stoneware companies to create The Monmouth Western Stoneware Company.  A more detailed history of Monmouth can be found at  The link for the Monmouth history is provided here.

In conjunction with its strong color story what originally attracted us to Monmouth was its very unusual brushed ware works created in the early 1900’s and used to perfection in it’s Dull Finish line that was documented in a 1927 catalog.  Jardinieres, vases and bulb forcing bowls from three series “Fern”, “Lotus” and “Egyptian” are favorites not only with us but with collectors worldwide. Examples from these series will be available at the Long Beach and Del Mar shows this month.

Monmouth Western Stoneware Company c.1925-30 Blue 10" Dull Finish Lotus Vases, $140.00 each (Background - Both vases SOLD) and Monmouth c.1926-30 Blue 7" x 2" Dull Finish "Fern" Japanese Bird & Mountain Bowl, $90.00 (Foreground)

The Long Beach, California  Antique & Collectible Market held this  Sunday, January 16th is open from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking lot.  Look for our green and white tent in our usual  booth, # A-853. For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us or visit their website A discount admission coupon is available at their website.

Monmouth Western Stoneware c.1930's 8" Double Handled Scalloped Rim Vase w/ original label, $62.00 SOLD

We are proud to be joining in its’ 51st year, The Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held at the O’Brien Pavilion at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds on  January 21 – 23, 2011. The show hours are Friday & Saturday from 11AM until 7PM and   Sunday beginning at 11AM until 5PM. A single admission purchase ($8 for adults) is good for the entire run of the show! Get a discount pass here.

Billy Blue Eye will be located in Booth 623 and in addition to Monmouth we will have treasures from all of your favorite pottery companies including Red Wing, Roseville, Van Briggle, McCoy, Weller, Catalina, Gladding McBean, Haeger, Stangl, Sascha Brastoff, Rookwood,  Beswick of England, and a selection of Australian, Canadian and German pottery companies. We have many new acquisitions to tempt the most discerning collectors.

For more information on the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale contact us directly or visit their website by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you soon at these events.


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