C.Z. Guest: Lettuce-Inspired

OD-AY029_LETTUC_OZ_20130718130830Picture 41 83bdc73082604215c74ac3eb75c74dffPicture 42 Palm-Beach-Florida.-1960s.-480x488From the 60s - 80s, Palm Beach based artist and potter Dodie Thayer produced a collection of lettuce and cabbage style porcelain ceramics. As depicted, the pieces are naturalistic in subject but whimsy, vibrant and bold in personality. Akin to Lily Pulitzer dresses in their hay day, these ceramics became staples when entertaining. Women that incorporated these pieces into their table ware were far from shy and often females that to this day, are muses to lifestyle brands and mavens such as Aerin Lauder, Oscar de la Renta and Tory Burch, all of whom have their own table ware collections. The photograph above showcases C.Z. Guest's collection, one that she had in her Long Island home and utilized at her legendary parties. Todd Romano, a New York decorator who attended one of C.Z.'s lunches, was a fond admirer. He is now one of the largest collectors of the lettuce-inspired ceramics and has sold portions of his collection to clients such as Tory Burch. In 2012, New York socialite Brooke Astor's 218-piece Thayer collection sold for $75,500 with Sotheby's. Impressively, the collection included 41 dinner plates, 15 butter pads and six pepper shakers. Other collectors included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Duchess of Windsor and Frank and Barbara Sinatra. Table wares were also widely produced in England and Europe throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, however some of the prettiest and most widely photographed collections stem from America. Be sure to add this book to your coffee table stack, as it gives a further glimpse into C.Z.'s charmed life, lettuce-inspired and all.