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Created by Tony Duquette for the Coburns. Originally installed above the living room fireplace in the Coburn house on Tower Road, Beverly Hills, CA.

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Tony Duquette (American, 1914-1999) was an artist who designed for film and stage productions. Duquette studied at the Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles and the Yale School of Theater. He worked with designers William Haines and James Pendleton, and through the support of Lady Elsie de Wolfe Mendl, Duquette became one of the most popular designers in Los Angeles. He produced works for Metro Goldwyn Mayer and designed for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, J. Paul Getty, Norton Simon, Elizabeth Arden, Mary Pickford, and Buddy Rogers. His works were exhibited at the Pavilion de Marsan of the Louvre, Paris, for which he was the first American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Louvre. Duquette’s work was also exhibited in solo exhibitions at the de Young Museum and Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of the City of New York, among others. His designs for the original production of “Camelot” on Broadway earned Duquette a Tony Award for Best Costume. In 1979, Duquette and his wife, Elizabeth, started the Anthony and Elizabeth Duquette Foundation for the Living Arts, where they present exhibitions, such as “The Art of the Found Object” and “The Fabric Mosaic Tapestry.” Duquette’s home in Beverly Hills, “DAWNRIDGE,” still serves as the head of his design organization today.

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Tony Duquette was a native of Los Angeles, California and an internationally acclaimed artist and designer. In the early 1940’s Duquette was discovered by Elsie de Wolfe (also known as Lady Mendel). Duquette presented his first exhibition at the Mitch Liesen Gallery in Los Angeles and shortly thereafter was asked to present his works at the Pavilion de Marsan of the Louvre Museum, Paris. This was an unprecedented exhibition as Duquette was the first American artist to have been so honored with a one man showing at the Louvre. This was one of many one-man museum exhibitions in which Duquette’s works would be exhibited. From 1941 until his death in 1999, Duquette created elegant interiors for Norton Simon and J. Paul Getty, James and Beverly Coburn, and Doris Duke (for whom he created a similar Bird of Paradise sculpture).
Bird of Paradise, c. 1966
Lot Number 14
Mixed media, acrylic presentation case
28.25 x 22.25 x 8.5 in (71.76 x 56.52 x 21.59 cm) - Dimensions of case

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Bird of Paradise
  • Dimensions
    28.25 x 22.25 x 8.5 in (71.76 x 56.52 x 21.59 cm) - Dimensions of case