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Paddle8 presents Enchanted Duquette, a sale of works by the legendary Hollywood designer

Features paintings, furniture, and jewelry from the estates of Duquette’s sister and the actor James Coburn

Online auction house Paddle8 presents Enchanted Duquette, a sale of furniture, paintings, jewelry, and objets d’art by Tony Duquette, the designer whose lavish and fantastical interiors made him a Hollywood favorite for more than five decades. The majority of the sale is drawn from the collection of Duquette’s sister, Jeanne Duquette Newman, and features jewelry, furnishings, and paintings that have never before been available to the public.

The sale also includes furnishings and objects from the home of silver-screen idol James Coburn and his wife Beverly’s Beverly Hills home. Duquette filled the Coburn’s Spanish Colonial house with an eclectic and exotic mix of Hollywood High-Style furniture alongside art, textiles, and antiquities that they amassed during their world travels.

Among the highlights of the sale are a group of floral and bird paintings that Duquette created for L.A.'s Bullocks Wilshire department store. Though better known for his furnishings and interiors, Duquette’s paintings were displayed at the Louvre, where he was the first living American painter to be the subject of a solo exhibition. In 1935, Bullocks Wilshire hired Duquette, at the time an art student, to redesign their Art Deco building's lobby every season, with the goal of inspiring the ladies of Los Angeles to also refresh their wardrobe seasonally. Legendary interior designer Elsie de Wolfe was so impressed by the interiors that she sought out the young decorator and took him under her wing, launching his career. The skill that Duquette developed through his paintings greatly informed the embellishment and sense of texture that later came to characterize his interiors.

Bidding opens on Thursday, February 20 and closes Thursday, February 27 at paddle8.com/auction/duquette.

Enchanted Duquette is organized by Jason Stein, Paddle8’s Senior Design Specialist and the world’s leading expert in Duquette at auction. Stein has been involved in every single major Tony Duquette auction to date, including the first sales of Duquette’s personal collections at Bonhams and Christie’s.

Highlights of Enchanted Duquette include:

Pair of custom sofas, red velvet. Estimate: $2,500-3,000.

Venice, watercolor on paper. Estimate: $1,800-2,500.

Cluster style pearl ring, mabe pearl, cultured pearl, diamond and gold. Estimate: $3,000-5,000.

Pair of Bishops chairs, Continental Baroque with custom Duquette upholstery. Estimate: $800–1,200.

Set of five flower and bird drawings, watercolor on paper. Estimate: $2,500-3,500.

Pair of custom low tables, gilt and patinated bronze, fabric and glass. Estimate: $2,500-3,500.

Bid and browse at paddle8.com/auction/duquette.

About Paddle8

Paddle8 is an online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the Internet. Paddle8 presents two types of auctions: curated auctions of art and collectibles under $100,000, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. To date, Paddle8 has collaborated with over 200 non- profit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions online, dramatically expanding the audience of supporters and fundraising results for each non-profit partner. The company was founded in 2011 by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur. Paddle8 is funded by VC firm Founder Collective (past investments include Uber, Vimeo, Buzzfeed), the investment group Mousse Partners (past investments include Paperless Post, Warby Parker, Bonobos), artist Damien Hirst, art dealer Jay Jopling; Alexander von Furstenberg, and Matthew Mellon, among others.

For more information, please contact Sarah Goulet, press@paddle8.com

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