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TableArt's new location is 2,800 square feet, 1,100 square feet larger than its former storefront a block east.
Shop interiors include chandeliers available for purchase, such as a $52,000 Saint-Louis confection of cut glass at the entrance (left).
French porcelain from JL Coquet can be special-ordered in 13 colors. Hemisphere pattern prices range from $67 for a side plate to $172 for a charger.
Haviland & Co. Limoges porcelain is one of a handful of lines that have been expanded in the new store. Here, the Syracuse Rose pattern, $890 for a five-piece setting.
French ceramicist Sylvie Saint-André Perrin tints clays with oxides to create one-of-a-kind marbelized dishware. Prices begin at $155 for a bowl.
TableArt's ingenious cutlery display on wall-mounted boards was inspired by a similar setup owner Walter Lowry saw in Europe.
Remember the scene from Breakfast at Tiffany?s in which the two lovers visit the titular jeweler and are warmly assisted by the salesman despite their modest means?
Well, we felt as welcome and glamorous as Holly Golightly when we entered the glittering new headquarters of TableArt. In the past seven years, the company has become known for boasting the globe?s best tabletop collection, tightly edited by owner Walter Lowry.
Chandeliers set off areas for glassware, china and cutlery, including a Lobmeyr chandelier, which is a smaller-scale version of the ones found in New York?s Metropolitan Opera. Cutlery is ingeniously displayed on flip-through boards, in the way of fancy lingerie boutiques. And in the afternoon, light from floor-to-ceiling windows streams through goblets and decanters to throw little rainbows around the shop.
The new digs have expanded selections of Theresienthal, Dibbern, Robert Haviland & Co. and more. There is something for all tastes, whether you desire monogrammed plates made domestically or trendy pastel Australian porcelain. What?s more, the staff are as jazzed to show a sleek $75 acrylic pitcher as they are a $795 Gio Ponti-designed crystal vase.
Breakfast at Tiffany?s? Send our regrets: We?ll be sitting down to dinner with selections from TableArt.
TableArt, 8024 Melrose Ave.; 323-653-8278 or tableartonline.com
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