Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Decorating With Duquette

I fell in love with these dreamy photos from Vogue Living Australia and just couldn't help posting some of them. The late great Tony Duquette was a magician of interiors and a Los Angeles native. He is pictured above with his wife Elizabeth Johnstone, aka Beegle, in their Fountain Avenue Studio in 1951. They had just returned from a year in Europe and sat down for a cup of tea with their cat. Beegle painted the Venetian murals on the walls.

Dawnridge was built by the Duquettes after their marriage in 1949 at Pickfair, the home of Mary Pickford. The house was designed by Duquette and architect Casper Ehmcke. This photo taken in the 1990's shows the 18th century wall covered paintings, a Billy Haines banquette sofa, Piedmontes 18th century secretary desk, twp 18th century Venetian dolphins and an 18th century Adam settee upholstered in silk strie.

Columnist Corbina Wright (above) was an important sponsor of Duquette's work. He designed this interior for her in the 1950's using many of his original pieces including snowflake patterned screens, figural lamps and a trophe of musical instruments on the mantel.

Top left: Duquette constructs a window display for Robinson's Department Store; a sketch of a brooch designed for Beegle; Chinese Opium Bed; sketch of a brooch; dancers at the opening night for Duquette's Studios in 1956; San Francisco Opera production of Der Rosenkavalier 1956; party photos; Dolores Gray's costume for Kismet 1955; a secretary desk.

Apartment of John and Dodie Rosekrans, Venice. 17th & 18th century antiques fill the room, but Duquette added unconventional elements like leopard print and coral to juxtapose the room.

Master bedroom at the Palazzo Brandolini. 18th century Chinese hand painted wall covering which was removed from Pickfair. Bed is of original construction, hung in blue silk taffeta and lined with silk Indian gauze.


Jill said...

Everyone knows I adore Duquette...the Venetian apartment is one of my favorites. Can't you just imagine yourself flitting about with a glass of champange...the breeze wafting thru the draperies?!

Lucinda said...

Everyday Jill, everyday.