The View From Halcyon Farm: Lettuce Entertain You

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Have you ever looked closely at a piece of lettuce or cabbage? The huge leaves and their gorgeous colors have deep interesting veins, and their shape makes a perfect container for a green salad or a composed salad.

For decades, potters have thought so, and have been making lettuce or cabbage ware. Wedgwood is one of the earliest makers of it, and you can find pieces at Halcyon House Antiques, along with more contemporary pieces.


The Wedgwood pieces don’t look exactly like iceberg lettuce or even cabbage, but they’re called lettuce ware or cabbage ware nevertheless. They are such a beautiful shade of green, and would be perfect for a summer place-setting.

At Halcyon House Antiques, we recently received a shipment that included some more contemporary pieces of lettuce ware. This serving dish will become a summer favorite, as it has two compartments to use.


This dish even comes with a little vixen on it! Can you imagine how much fun this would be for a tailgate party at one of the steeplechase races next month, or maybe the Blessing of the Hounds at Thanksgiving!

And to up the cuteness factor, we have a matching pitcher, complete with fox and lettuce.


One of the great things about lettuce ware is that the pieces can mix and match.

During the recent auction of Bunny Mellon’s estate, there were hundreds of pieces of china and porcelain shaped like lettuce, cabbage, melons, asparagus and almost every other variety of vegetable you can think of.


For many years, Dodie Thayer, a potter in the Palm Beach area, made lettuce ware, each piece by hand, especially for a shop in Palm Beach. It was widely collected by socialites everywhere and it still much sought after. C.Z. Guest had a particularly good collection, and she had an image of it in one of her books with her kitchen pegboard and her strainers and lettuce ware.


Within the past few weeks, trend-setter Tory Burch released a collection of lettuce ware that she designed in conjunction with Dodie Thayer, who is now in her 90s.


The collection includes several sizes of plates, as well as bowls, cups and saucers and some serving pieces. She’s pairing the pieces with a ginkgo-leaf patterned tablecloth.

As with a anything that’s a classic, it will be in style forever. From Wedgwood in the 1800s, to Dodie Thayer in the 1960s to Tory Burch right now.


The View From Halcyon Farm is sponsored by Halcyon House Antiques, located at 11219 Greenspring Avenue in Lutherville, opened Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, visit the Halcyon House website or call 410-828-8889.

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