Who could resist this fresh spring green lettuce ware pattern! These vibrant green pieces say easy, simple elegance on the table. Dodie Thayer’s ancestors settled in Palm Beach, Florida, where Dodie taught herself to mold pottery from lettuce and cabbage leaves. Legendary hostesses such as C.Z. guest, the Duchess of Windsor, and Jackie Kennedy Onasis all collected her signature lettuce ware and to this day, when pieces come up at auction, they are gone within minutes!
Dodie Thayer used a second-hand kiln in her garage, and it often took her weeks to complete one piece. She then sold these pieces exclusively at Au Bon Gout shop on Worth Avenue and they quickly became the must-have on every stylish table in Palm Beach. Her first plates were made from pressing sea grape leaves into a clay mold. Then she discovered cabbage leaves , which made a more detailed impressing. Thayer had a long waiting list and clients often waited for three years for a tureen!
The over 200 piece collection of Brooke Astor sold several years ago at Sotheby’s for over $ 75,000.00. Those like Bunny Mellon who loved bringing the fresh color and shapes of the garden to the table cherished the work of Dodie Thayer. Thayer retired decades ago and her work became more and more difficult to come by.
Thayer, who is now close to 90 was approached by Tory Burch (who also collects her work) to collaborate on a collection and she finally said yes!
One would love serving afternoon tea in this lovely teapot with matching cream and sugar!
The result of the collaboration between Thayer and Burch is a wide variety of dinner and serving ware that can make a charming “collected tabletop”!
A friend in New York, James Andrew ( of “What is James Wearing”) also collects Dodie Thayer pieces.
This lovely table was set by Todd Ramano, who also collects Dodie Thayer.
For those of us collectors and entertainers, this fresh new collection is a wonderful opportunity to put together even more “collected tabletops”. And just imagine all of the lovely items that one could mix with these pieces…old Dodie Thayer…the new Tory Burch collection, vintage stemware, bamboo cutlery, and all sorts of blue and white!
I’ll be in High Point later this week for Spring Market. Hopefully, I will find lots of wonderful new treasures to share with you when I return!