IN 1951 TONY DUQUETTE WAS THE FIRST AMERICAN TO BE HONORED BY THE LOUVRE MUSEUM WITH A ONE MAN EXHIBITION.  THE LOUVRE CHOSE DUQUETTE’S WORK TO REPRESENT THE DECORATIVE ARTS OF THE MIDDLE OF THE 20TH CENTURY.  HIS WAS AN INTERESTING CHOICE BY THE FAMOUS FRENCH MUSEUM CONSIDERING THAT AT THE TIME DUQUETTE’S WORK WAS NEO BAROQUE RATHER THAN THE MORE POPULAR AT THE TIME MODERNIST INTERNATIONAL STYLE.  THE EXHIBITION FEATURED ALL OF DUQUETTE’S MYRIAD TALENTS INCLUDING FURNITURE, JEWELRY, PAINTINGS, TAPESTRY, SCULPTURE AND DESIGNS FOR COSTUMES AND SETS.  TONY DUQUETTE IS SHOWN HERE IN FRONT OF THE LOUVRE MUSEUM ON THE EVE OF THE OPENING OF  HIS UNPRECEDENTED EXHIBITION.

TONY DUQUETTE FITS A LAVISH JEWELED COLLAR ON HIS PATINATED BRONZE MERMAID SCULPTURE.  THE NECKLACE WHICH WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR WAS LEANT BACK TO DUQUETTE FOR THIS EXHIBITION.

A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SKETCH FOR A PAIR OF COSTUMES BY TONY DUQUETTE.  SEEN HERE AS EXHIBITED AT THE LOUVRE.  THESE COSTUMED FIGURES REPRESENT TWO CHARACTERS FROM “THE ENGULFED CATHEDRAL”, A BALLET BASED ON A FRENCH LEGEND FOR WHICH DUQUETTE CONCEIVED THE COSTUMES AND SETS.   THE LEGEND OF THE ENGULFED CATHEDRAL TELLS OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN SWALLOWED UP BY THE SEA, BECOMING ENCRUSTED WITH SHELLS AND OTHER SEA LIFE AS THEY ADAPTED TO THEIR NEW ENVIRONMENT.  HERE DUQUETTE CONCEIVES HIS OWN VISION FOR TWO “ENCRUSTED” UNDERSEA COURTIERS.

TWO MORE THREE-DIMENSIONAL COSTUME SKETCHES BY TONY DUQUETTE FOR “THE ENGULFED CATHEDRAL”,  NOTE THE SEA TORTOISE, THE FISH HANGING FROM THE PARASOL AND THE PEARLS AS THESE UNDERSEA COURTIERS BEGIN THEIR “ENCRUSTATION”

A WATERCOLOR BY TONY DUQUETTE WHICH WAS EXHIBITED AT HIS ONE-MAN EXHIBITION AT THE PAVILLON DE MARSAN OF THE LOUVRE.  THE PAINTING DEPICTS THE HOUSE OF ONE OF TONY’S ROTHSCHILD FRIENDS.

THE INTERIOR OF THE PAVILLON DE MARSAN OF THE LOUVRE MUSEUM FEATURING THE UNPRECEDENTED TONY DUQUETTE EXHIBITION.  SHOWN HERE A PAIR OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL COSTUME SKETCHES FOR “THE ENGULFED CATHEDRAL” UNDER GLASS CASES ON PLINTHS.  A FRAMED WATERCOLOR DEPICTING THE FORECOURT AT VERSAILLES AND A LOW TABLE WITH A REVERSE PAINTING ON GLASS BY DUQUETTE FORMING ITS TOP.  ON TOP OF THE TABLE ARE TWO GLASS CASES.  THE CASE ON THE LEFT HOLDS A BRONZE AND GOLD FISH SCULPTURE WITH PEARL EARRING EYES.  THE CASE ON THE RIGHT HOLDS A FIGURE OF ST. MICHAEL, ARCHANGEL, TONY’S PATRON SAINT.  DUQUETTE COVERED THE WALLS OF HIS EXHIBITION IN ANTIQUE CRIMSON SILK BROCADE WHICH HE PURCHASED IN THE PARIS FLEA MARKET.

A ONE OF A KIND SECRETARY DESK WITH “DUQUETTRIE” DECORATION BY TONY DUQUETTE  EN SITU AT THE PAVILLON DE MARSAN OF THE LOUVRE MUSEUM, PARIS.  THIS DESK WAS ONE OF MANY PIECES OF FURNITURE DUQUETTE EXHIBITED AT THIS HISTORIC SHOWING.