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Tony Duquette Furniture

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!

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Creator: Tony Duquette
Tony Duquette, 'Ermine Border' Rug Fine Wool and Silk Hand Knotted Rug
By Tony Duquette
Located in Long Island, NY
Tony Duquette - 'Ermine Border' Rug 6' x 9' Material: 90% Wool and 10% Silk "“Beauty not luxury, is what I value” was Tony Duquette’s refrain. Hutton Wilkinson provided Viacomo...
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Early 2000s Chinese American Classical Tony Duquette Furniture

Materials

Silk, Wool

Tony Duquette, 'Tibetan Sun' Rug Fine Silk Hand Knotted Rug
By Tony Duquette
Located in Long Island, NY
Tony Duquette - 'Tibetan Sun' Rug 6' x 9' Material: Wool and Silk Hand Knotted "“Beauty not luxury, is what I value” was Tony Duquette’s refrain. Hutton Wilkinson provided Vi...
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Materials

Wool, Silk

Tony Duquette - 'Malachite' Rug Size 9' x 12' feet Fine Silk Hand Knotted Rug
By Tony Duquette
Located in Long Island, NY
Tony Duquette - 'Malachite' Rug 9 x 12 feet Material: 100% Silk "“Beauty not luxury, is what I value” was Tony Duquette’s refrain. Hutton Wilkinson provided Via Como with designs f...
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Early 2000s Chinese American Classical Tony Duquette Furniture

Materials

Silk

Gold Leaf Coquille Chandelier After Tony Duquette by Remains Lighting
By Tony Duquette
Located in Montreal, QC
Gold Leaf Coquille resin chandelier after Tony Duquette by Remains Lighting This is a re-edition of the 1940's model by Remains Lighting.  
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2010s American Art Deco Tony Duquette Furniture

Materials

Resin

Tony Duquette for Baker Biomorphic Console, Silver Leaf Finish
By Tony Duquette, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Miami, FL
Tony Duquette for Baker Biomorphic console, silver leaf finish Offered for sale is the Biomorphic console for Baker by Tony Duquette. This sculptural console is truly a work of art ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Tony Duquette Furniture

Materials

Glass, Resin

Tony Duquette Iconic 1980s Golden Sculpture
By Tony Duquette
Located in New York, NY
An original 1980s grand scale iconic gold leaf sculpture. One of a kind unique piece. Authenticated by Hutton Wilkinson of the Duquette foundation. Tony Duquette called these “jewels...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tony Duquette Furniture

Materials

Aluminum, Steel, Gold Leaf

Rare Tony Duquette Studio Vitrine
By Tony Duquette
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Wonderful orange lacquered vitrine with glass doors and shelves mirrored back, top and middle display lights, and brass hardware. Four adjustable glass shelves originally acquired th...
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1960s American Vintage Tony Duquette Furniture

Materials

Wood

Tony Duquette Gilt Iron Palmer Chair
By Tony Duquette
Located in St. Louis, MO
Perforated gilt iron chair designed by Tony Duquette in the 1960s, produced for Baker circa 2011.
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1960s Hollywood Regency Vintage Tony Duquette Furniture

Materials

Iron

"Ribbon" Dining Table In the Style of Tony Duquette
By Tony Duquette
Located in Dallas, TX
"Ribbon" dining table in cream resin in the style of Tony Duquette. Refinishing is recommended for table base, circa 1960s Dimensions: 54" D x 29" T 21" D (table base).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Tony Duquette Furniture

Materials

Resin

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Tony Duquette furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture Tony Duquette is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Tony Duquette collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock of these items we have 8 vintage editions, while there are also 4 modern editions to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Tony Duquette were created in the Modern style in United States during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Sligh Furniture, Thomas Pheasant and Johan Tapp. Tony Duquette furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $850 and tops out at $35,000, while pieces like these can sell for $9,325..

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