In 1941 Elsie de Wolfe (Lady Mendl) and her husband Sir Charles Mendl were forced to leave their house “The Villa Trianon” at Versailles when the Nazis occupied Paris. Wanting to be with the royalty of America, which were the movie stars, Elsie and Sir Charles purchased a home in Beverly Hills and named it “After All”. Shortly thereafter they met a young artist named Tony Duquette who Elsie and Sir Charles immediately took under their wing by introducing him and his work to their international circle of friends. For “After All” Elsie who was in her late 80’s commissioned Tony Duquette to provide all of the interior decoration, to her specifications, for the house. Shown here is the card room at “After All” which Tony and Elsie decorated with her signature high gloss magnolia leaf green walls and the specially printed fern chintz and leopard skins which were her trademark. Note the original Tony Duquette chandelier which he made for her using Venetian glass flowers.
The drawing room at “After All” with Tony Duquette’s famous secretary desk on the left, his painted window shades over the windows and his neo-baroque stands flanking the archway.
The entrance hall at “After All” which Tony Duquette decorated in black and white with a fantasy singer’s balcony hung with fishnet and seashells, and a mermaid. Note the original Tony Duquette lantern hanging form the ceiling.
“After All” – the arch looking from the drawing room towards the tented bar.
At “After All” Tony Duquette created a tented tropical bar out of the formal dining room. Elsie de Wolfe felt that the dining room was the most useless room in the house, preferring to dine all over the house and in the garden. Here Duquette has electrified an 18th century Chinese birdcage as a chandelier and decorated the room with tropical bamboo furniture and leopard skin.
For the drawing room at “After All” Elsie de Wolfe used sofas which she had previously designed for the house of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Paris. Note the Tony Duquette dipped plaster and driftwood candelabra and his painted wall pocket.
The drawing room at “After All” showing what Elsie de Wolfe called the first mirrored fireplace in America. Tony Duquette designed the upholstered slipper chairs which became one of his signature pieces.
Elsie de Wolfe’s bedroom at “After All”. For the room Tony Duquette cut out an appliquéd quilted chintz for the headboard and footboard and made two bas-relief “Wolfe” crests for each side of the bed.