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Tony Duquette

American, 1914-1999

One of the great style icons of the 20th century, Tony Duquette (1914–99) created pieces with a singularly ebullient elegance. Through his private interior-decorating commissions and his work as a stage and movie-set designer, Duquette made his name synonymous with flamboyance, fantasy and glamorous originality. 

Duquette was born in Los Angeles and studied at the Chouinard Art Institute. But his true education began in the mid-1930s, first as an assistant to an aging Elsie de Wolfe — the eminent interior designer who many say created the profession — and later as a colleague of William Haines, the famed movie-star-turned-decorator. Duquette’s clients would come to include many Hollywood luminaries — he decorated “Pickfair,” the fabled home of actress Mary Pickford, and homes for producer David O. Selznick and director Vincent Minnelli — and a robust roster of the rich and powerful, among them Doris Duke, J. Paul Getty, Norton Simon and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. All the while, Duquette was designing film and theater sets and costumes. He worked on such films as Kismet, Ziegfeld Follies and Can-Can; he won a Tony award in 1961 for costume design for the original Broadway production of Camelot.

Theatricality is the keynote of the best of Duquette’s designs. He made things that would get attention. Duquette was no purist — he appreciated the spare and sleek as much as the baroque and elaborate — but everything had to provide a visual effect, if not necessarily perform a function. Apart from the furnishings and objects he designed for his grandest decorating commissions, Duquette rarely used precious materials. “Beauty, not luxury, is what I value” was his often-repeated motto. Duquette pieces priced at $10,000 and above tend to be either intricately made or super-scaled or have an interesting ownership provenance. Most of his works are marked at about $5,000.

As you will see on 1stDibs, Tony Duquette created something for anyone who likes big-statement design — providing a showstopper for a lean, modernist decor or an alluring element in a lush, more-is-more interior. A Duquette design says: On with the show!

Average Sold Price
$5,004
Styles
Moonstone, Coral and Black Onyx Gold Brooch Pin Tony Duquette Fine Jewelry
By Tony Duquette
Located in Montreal, QC
Simply Beautiful! Elegant and Finely detailed Moonstone (app. 43 total Carat weight), Coral (app. 16.72 total Carat weight), Black Onyx (app. 106 total Carat weight) Statement Brooch...
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2010s American Contemporary Tony Duquette

Materials

Coral, Moonstone, Onyx, Gold, 18k Gold

Exquisite Tony Duquette Chrysoprase, Coral and Black Pearl Gold Brooch Pin
By Tony Duquette
Located in Montreal, QC
Beautiful Chrysoprase Coral and Black Pearls Statement Brooch, hand crafted in 18k Gold by Tony Duquette, Designer Extraordinaire! Coral (app. 8.41ct); 3.38” long x 3.38” wide; Signe...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Contemporary Tony Duquette

Materials

Chrysophrase, Coral, Black Pearl, Gold, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Moonstone, Coral and Black Onyx Gold Bracelet Tony Duquette Fine Jewelry
By Tony Duquette
Located in Montreal, QC
Moonstone (app. 207 total Carat weight), Coral (app. 170 total Carat weight), Black Onyx (app. 163 total Carat weight) Statement Bracelet. Hand crafted in 18k white Gold; Signed: TON...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Contemporary Tony Duquette

Materials

Coral, Moonstone, Onyx, Gold, 18k Gold

Coral, Turquoise, Amethyst and Pearl Gold Necklace Tony Duquette Fine Jewelry
By Tony Duquette
Located in Montreal, QC
Beautiful Coral, Turquoise, Amethyst, Black Pearl on Snake Vertebrae Statement Necklace held by an 18K yellow gold clasp, Coral (app. 36 gram weight.); Turquoise (app. 2.6 gram weigh...
Category

2010s American Contemporary Tony Duquette

Materials

Amethyst, Coral, Pearl, Turquoise, Gold, 18k Gold

Pink Amethyst, Star Ruby, Ruby and Diamond Gold Ring Tony Duquette Fine Jewelry
By Tony Duquette
Located in Montreal, QC
Stunning Pink Amethyst, Ruby, Star Ruby and Diamond Statement Ring, hand crafted in 18k yellow Gold by Tony Duquette, Designer Extraordinaire! Pink Amethyst (app. 8 carat); Ruby (app...
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2010s American Modern Tony Duquette

Materials

Star Ruby, Amethyst, Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

11.10 Carat Diamond HP Plaques and Ruby Gold Bracelet Tony Duquette Fine Jewelry
By Tony Duquette
Located in Montreal, QC
Magnificent! Elegant and Finely detailed 19th Century Hand painted Plaques featuring Indian Monuments, Diamond (app. 11.10 total Carat weight) and Fluted Ruby beads (app. 97.4 total ...
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Late 19th Century American Artisan Antique Tony Duquette

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold

Tony Duquette Moonstone Crystal Stars and Drops Black Pearl Gold Earrings
By Tony Duquette
Located in Montreal, QC
Sensational Crystal Stars and Drops, Moonstone, and Black Pearl Earrings; hand crafted in 18k Gold and blackened Sterling Silver; by Tony Duquette, Designer Extraordinaire! Crystal D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tony Duquette

Materials

Crystal, Moonstone, Black Pearl, 18k Gold, Sterling Silver, Gold

Tony Duquette Gold Cabochon Emerald Cross Pendant
By Tony Duquette
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Natural emerald cabochon cross pendant/pin by Tony Duquette. Cross is bezel set with ten cushion-shaped, sugarloaf cabochon-cut, natural emeralds ranging from 9.8-12.8mm each. Emer...
Category

1980s Unknown Modern Vintage Tony Duquette

Materials

Emerald, Yellow Gold, Gold, 18k Gold

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Tony Duquette Sellers

Coach House Antiques Jewelry
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Cayen Collection
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Via Como
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Century Design Ltd.
5.0
Greenleaf & Crosby
4.6
Grinard Collection Palm Beach
4.9
Iconic Design Gallery, Inc.
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Tony Duquette jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Tony Duquette jewelry and watches. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While searching for the most stylish antique or vintage Tony Duquette jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Tony Duquette diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 14. This collection contains 39 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Contemporary and artisan are among the most popular styles of Tony Duquette watches and jewelry available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st Century and Contemporary. Many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Meister Zurich, Mindi Mond, and Neha Dani. Prices for Tony Duquette watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$11,500 and tops out at US$152,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$35,000. 1stDibs

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