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Pour on the charm: pretty, practical pitchers are usable art.

lean and clean shapes are the hallmark of designer Jonathan Adler. This slim ceramic pitcher with blue vertical stripes is very much modern but destined to become a classic. $92 at Exit Art, 25 N. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. (941) 388-2827.

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tea for me, thee and even three with this German-made brushed chrome and glass pitcher that brews, steeps and pours hot tea. A candle in the base keeps the tea warm until it's gone, $125 at Mattison's Culinary Outfitters, 525 Bay Isles Parkway, Suite 25 (Avenue of the Flowers shops), Longboat Key. (941) 387-2700.

fun and floral, this footed pitcher is nine inches tall, fully glazed inside and out and food safe. The scalloped spout gives it eye-candy appeal. $26. Find it at The Wright Look, 533 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. (941) 330-1807.

vintage french, this wood and brass pitcher is signed by Gerard Lafitte and dated 1933. Once used to hold table wine, today it's a decorative item ready for dried flowers or just looking handsome solo. $120 at Pamela de Provence, 665 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota. (941) 955-9102.

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creamy and dreamy, this six-inch-high antique-looking vase with its twisted handle and fluted spout is the perfect container for warm pancake syrup or summer wildflowers. $15 at Rainforest, 5108 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key Village, Sarasota. (941) 349-3554.

postmodern frivolity from the creative hand of architect Michael Graves for Alessi in this polished stainless steel pitcher. It stands eight inches tall and can be used for warm or cold liquids. $179 at Optional Art, 16 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. (941) 388-2317.
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Title Annotation:shopping
Author:Fottler, Marsha
Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Date:Jun 1, 2005
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