A Gem-Set Stylized Insect Brooch By Tony Duquette
Sotheby’s Jewels Online: Part I, JULY 14, 2017, 12:00 PM EST | NEW YORK, NY, US TIMED AUCTION
Lot 44: Gem-Set And Diamond Clip-Brooch, Tony Duquette
ESTIMATE: $10,000 – $15,000
CONSIGNMENT DESIGNATION: From the Collection of Marjorie S. Fisher, Palm Beach
DESCRIPTION: Designed as a stylized insect with carved pink tourmaline wings, an aquamarine head and round diamond antennae, with cabochon moonstones and oval-shaped apatite accents, all set in 18K gold. Gross weight approximately 64 dwts, signed Tony Duquette.
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But that’s not all! If you are not familiar with Tony Duquette’s inventive, fantastical work, here is a short excerpt from Architectural Digest to put you in the picture (at the edge of it, anyway!):
To call Duquette multitalented is an understatement: He created sets for movies (Kismet, Ziegfeld Follies), costumes (notably for the original Broadway production of Camelot), and boldly scaled jewelry for the duchess of Windsor, Sharon Stone and, most recently, the fashion houses of Gucci and Balmain. And he tossed off as a matter of course endless strange and wonderful inventions, such as finials made of lemon juicers and a sculpture made of red-painted branches and rakes.
His jewelry is always adventurous, and full of surprises. Enjoy his insect brooch.
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Information on Tony Duquette courtesy Architectural Digest.