Known as the “Pottery Queen of Palm Beach” Dodie Thayer’s lettuce ceramics are old quinessential Palm Beach and most notably her beautiful lettuce soup tureen was considered a status symbol. In Palm Beach Society, from the 1960’s-80’s, her cabbage and lettuce ware was all the rage.
Each leaf’s vein was carefully shaped by her own hands, cast at her own home studio. During this time, Thayer’s work could not only be seen throughout the pages of House Beautiful, House & Garden, Architectural Digest, Gourmet and Bon Apetit, but in the personal collections of ladies of status such as Jackie O. Her work was never mass marketed and to this day collectors still flock when her items are found in an antique store or estate sale.
But things are about to change.
Tory Burch is an American fashion designer, business woman, and philanthropist, who has won several fashion awards for her designs. After purchasing a vast collection from interior designer Todd Romano, Burch struck up a friendship with Thayer that blossomed into a collaboration. For the first time in her life, Thayer authorized reproductions, allowing Burch to replant the seeds of obsession with an updated line of vegetable ceramics, out this spring in stores and on ToryBurch.com. Prices range from $88 for a set of four canapé plates to $158 for a quartet of salad plates.
May Thayer’s collection continue to touch the next generation.