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DC IS BUZZING ABOUT WASH­ING­TON DE­SIGN DOYENNE ANNA WEATHERLEY AND HER NEW­EST CHINA COL­LEC­TION.

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY CHAR­LOTTE SAFAVI

DC is buzzing about Wash­ing­ton de­sign doyenne Anna Weatherley and her new­est china col­lec­tion.

“My work is in­spired by 18th- and 19th-cen­tury botan­i­cal art,” says Anna Weatherley, a Wash­ing­to­nian who has been de­sign­ing hand-painted porce­lain in her Bu­dapest stu­dio for more than a quar­ter of a cen­tury. Her lat­est col­lec­tion, which is be­ing car­ried at Dal­ton Brody (3412

Idaho Ave. NW, 202-244-7197; dal­ton­brody.com), draws upon the works of French botan­i­cal painter Pierre-Joseph Red­outé. “I greatly ad­mire his art: the finely de­tailed, del­i­cate paint­ings of flow­ers, but­ter­flies, and tiny in­sects,” she says.

Weatherley be­gan her il­lus­tri­ous de­sign ca­reer in fash­ion, af­ter study­ing tex­tile de­sign in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. Vogue ed­i­tor Anna Win­tour once com­mis­sioned Weatherley to cre­ate a pair of cachep­ots based on the works of Bri­tish botanist Joseph Dal­ton Hooker for Lady Diana. For­mer First Lady Laura Bush com­mis­sioned a 75-piece in­for­mal din­ner ser­vice by Weatherley for the White House in­spired by a cen­turiesold mag­no­lia tree in its gar­den.

Now, many ex­clu­sive re­tail­ers, such as Bergdorf Good­man, Neiman Mar­cus, and Bar­neys New York, carry Weatherley’s work. She also has a pri­vate stu­dio in Ross­lyn, Vir­ginia, where she sells her one-of-a-kind jew­elry as well as her lim­ited-edi­tion porce­lain (by ap­point­ment only).

“I like to set beau­ti­ful ta­bles,” says Weatherley. “I al­ways mix and match. When peo­ple visit my stu­dio, I tell them to pick their flow­ers. That way each time you buy a ta­ble set­ting, you make your own gar­den.”

Anna teather­ley’s de­signs are usu­ally in­spired by na­ture, like this hand-painted porce­lain bowl ($350) from her spring col­lec­tion. It can be used as a fruit bowl or to hold flow­ers or plants.

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