Last week my travels took me to one of my favorite cities-Boston! At least I thought that I was in Boston…up to Beacon Hill to find Devonia Antiques. Oh dear…, I must have detoured and found a little piece of Heaven at 15 Charles Street!! Nestled in lovely , historic Beacon Hill, Devonia Antiques is nationally renowned for having one of the country’s largest collections of Gilded Age china, crystal, and antiques for dining, specializing in beautiful dinner services for today’s tables.
I had spoken to owner, Lori Hedtler , by phone on several occasions after purchasing items that ultimately became part of The Collected Tabletop and was delighted to finally meet Lori in person. Lori , a second generation dealer , is known world wide for offering heirloom china and stemware from the turn of the century, an era of luxury, glamour and lavish dining. In 2008 Lori opened a sister location in West Palm Beach in the heart of Antique Row. It was at this West Palm Beach location that I found some of these lovely pieces featured in The Collected Tabletop.
And these lovely Minton cup and saucers, with their feminine ribbon in turquoise, the elegant pink glasses and the intricately designed place card holders (below), with gilded metal bases holding turquoise etched glass that reveal three young women dancing joyfully together!
This case of green crystal and china , soft pinks, aquas, and golds provide endless opportunities for exquisite tablescapes!
I love the way Lori groups all the treasures by color!
One can relax and stroll through this little jewel box of a shop and explore the endless stacks of elegant dessert, dinner, and service plates and stemware. From a single piece to a complete collection, this shop is a must for a discriminating collector!
This shell epergne would look wonderful on a table in one of my beach design projects at Figure Eight Island!
And you might be thinking…what’s in Lori’s collection?! Lori tells me she is definitely a “pink girl” and loves collecting Venetian glass and who wouldn’t love to have these pieces in their collection!
What a pleasant afternoon with Lori in this collector’s haven! And while I was visiting, we were planning a book event for The Collected Tabletop in February in Palm Beach (certainly not a bad destination in February). Thanks Lori for a lovely visit!