Tony Duquette / Belvedere "Malachite" Chair
+ One-of-a-kind piece exclusively for Belvedere's May 5th event with Jim Thompson's Tony Duquette Collection of textiles
+ Vintage chair re-imagined in a luxury fabric
+ FABRIC: "Gemstone" 3325/04
+ Will be signed underneath by Hutton Wilkinson on May 5th and photo-documented
+ Small scale chair that is like a piece of jewelry
+ Louis XV style
+ Original wood frame finish
+ Crusty gray patina with a small hint of green
+ Newly replaced nailhead
+ Fixed "loose" cushion
+ Rich green fabric is perfect compliment to frame patina
+ Great accent, dressing table, or boudoir chair
Belvedere has gone global! Imagine a world filled with slices of semi-precious stones, busting Tibetan suns, coral branches, exotic “skins”, Chinese fret-work, and exploding fireworks. This is the Duquette oeuvre that sets the tone for Belvedere’s exclusive project.
Jim Thompson’s Tony Duquette Collection of textiles is the inspiration for this unique offering of vintage upholstery. Amassed over the past year, these chairs, sofas, and other seating have been chosen for their fabulous lines and synergy with the colors and patterns of this luxurious fabric collection.
Jim Thompson has invited designer Hutton Wilkinson, owner and Creative Director of Tony Duquette Inc., to create an exclusive collection of woven and printed textiles for decorative home and commercial installations. Based in Thailand, Jim Thompson is the largest producer of hand woven fabrics in the world today. With its own mulberry plantation, silkworm farm and over 600 weavers, it is unique in the industry.
Using both very traditional handlooms and state-of-the-art machinery, Jim Thompson is able to produce a wide range of silks, cottons, blends and contract fabrics of unrivaled quality and complexity.
American artist and design legend Tony Duquette (1914-1999) was known for his over-the-top style in interiors, jewelry, costumes, sculpture and set design. His clients included Elizabeth Arden, the Duchess of Windsor, Doris Duke and Herb Alpert.
The multi-talented Duquette designed sets for MGM musicals with Arthur Freed and Vincente Minnelli, and designed Tony Award winning costumes for the original Broadway production of Camelot. Duquette was the first American to exhibit a one-man show at the Louvre in Paris.
Duquette’s unique vision was a fantastical mix of the Far East, Venice, and Hollywood, with a strong dose of Mother Nature thrown into the pot. His extraordinary use of precious elements combined with found objects created a magical world like no other.
The story of Hutton Wilkinson’s lifelong collaboration with Tony Duquette is one that was made for the movies. Inspired by him as a child and then hired by him as a young man, Wilkinson rose from volunteer to apprentice to partner, working closer than anyone with Hollywood’s sorcerer of design. This shared vision – one that was fueled by the duo’s unbounded creativity and energy – continued until Duquette’s death. Thankfully, Wilkinson continues this legacy and spreads the word and world of Duquette through his ongoing designs. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife at Dawnridge, the spectacular estate built by Duquette and his wife Elizabeth.