The Art of Tony Duquette, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, May 6-June 8, 1952
Wendy Goodman and Hutton Wilkinson, Tony Duquette, New York, 2007, pp. 82-83, 148-149
The present lot was one of a pair of chairs created in 1952 for Tony Duquette's exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The prior year, Duquette had shown a similar body of work at another solo exhibition at the Pavillion de Marsan at the Louvre. The present chair is based on a design that was originally executed in 1941 for the home of Duquette's early client and close friend, Elysie de Wolfe, in Beverly Hills. The chair retains the original embroidery designed by Duquette, which is referred to in the museum checklist as "The Eyes of Texas".
Overall very good original condition. With some minor scratches to the feet. Dulling and wear to the surface of the paint and some chips along the edges. The upholstery, designed by Duquette as a stylized ‘Eyes of Texas’ shows minor wear. It appears that the upholstery has faded and was more likely a darker pink, than the light salmon/tan color it is now. Evidence of the original color along the edges of the rear portion of seat cushion. All the upholstery tacks are in place. With a paper label to the underside with typed TONY DUQUETTE. A very rare opportunity to acquire a chair with superb exhibition provenance. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.