In the 1950s when TV lamps became the rage, these crouching big cats were one of the favorite of the many animals that were incorporated into the low lighting fixtures, and their popularity expanded into planters and vases as well.
This one is in the classic Celadon or sea foam green color.
It has a raised bottom (many housewives covered these with felt or tape to protect table, TV and shelf tops from being scratched) which is unglazed; there are no maker's marks or logos on this one.
It is about 9.5" from nose to tail, and not quite 4" wide; it is about 3.25" at its tallest.
This has an open loop tail, and open mouth; these features made the production a bit more difficult, and the cost reflected that typically. Also, these parts are most often broken or chipped since they are the more fragile parts of the item.
This is in very good condition with the only issue being light overall crazing and a 1/16" flea knick along the planter rim: it actually looks like a glaze pop, but we've included a close-up photo for you to inspect.
These truly add a bit of drama to a desk top or shelf ~ this one actually holds a couple stacks of business cards very well, too.
Fabulous addition to any retro home or office ~ looks even more dramatic when grouped with red, black, chocolate brown or white collectibles.
Cat. Lion. Cougar. Leopard.
We were contacted by a viewer who wrote to us and said: "This piece was made by Cameron Clay Products in Cameron, West Virginia." Their facebook page does have photographs of stalking cougar pieces that have the similar bottom glaze finish. Although this does not guarantee that this is a CCP item, we decided to add their suggested information here in case there are other CCP experts who may be interested in this piece.
Thank you, Rex.
Vintage 1950s Crouching Panther Ceramic Planter Celadon Green