Tony and Elizabeth Duquette built “Dawnridge” after their marriage in 1949 at Pickfair. The original house was a 30′ x 30′ box designed by Tony with the Los Angeles architect Casper Ehmcke. Shown here is a corner of the 18′ x 30′ drawing room with 18′ high ceilings with circa 1980 decoration. Duquette draped the windows with turquoise silk satin and dipped plaster lambrequins, painted to look like tooled leather crowned with 18th century carved and gilded Italian wings and silvered urns from Spain. The Spanish colonial painting of a young girl named Dolores del Rio was painted after her death. The oval design for a painted ceiling by Tiepolo was stolen and has not as yet been recovered. The painting of a Roman emperor was one of four in the room.
The drawing room at “Dawnridge” circa 2000 as redecorated by the houses new owners, Hutton and Ruth Wilkinson as a tribute to Tony and Elizabeth Duquette. Hutton Wilkinson was Duquette’s protege and business partner for over thirty years. The Wilkinsons purchased the house after the Duquettes’ deaths in order to “save it’s life”. The walls are covered with leftover coquillage party decoration made for an undersea ball by Tony Duquette in the 1960’s. The painted 17th century, with later “Duquettrie Decoration” stands holding plaster heads were made by Duquette in the 1950’s for the home of the Hearst columnist Cobina Wright. Wilkinson copied Duquette’s original three cushioned sofa from his house in San Francisco and upholstered it in orange twill. The original turquoise silk satin draperies were spray painted by Wilkinson with red, gold and pink paint over layers of Chinese grill work to create the look of Bianchini silk taffeta.
The drawing room at “Dawnridge” as re-decorated by Hutton Wilkinson circa 2000. At the end of the room is one of a pair of three-panel iron “Sunburst” screens, each sunburst centered by a chrome hubcap.
The drawing room at “Dawnridge” circa 1980’s. Tony Duquette placed two 18th century Venetian dolphins from the collection of Misia Sert on each side of an 18th century Adam settee upholstered in apple green silk strie.
The drawing room at “Dawnridge” circa 1980’s. The 18th century secretary desk is Piedmontese.
The “Green Dining Room” at “Dawnridge” circa 1980’s. Formerly a one car garage in 1949, Duquette immediately turned the space into a dining room using 18th century red lacquered Venetian “Queen Anne” chairs, and his signature leopard vinyl cloth. An original Tony Duquette abalone and amethyst crystal chandelier hangs from the mirrored ceiling.
The balcony at “Dawnridge” circa 1980’s, decorated by Tony Duquette with an 18th century Venetian console table, a standing 18th century red lacquered Burmese Buddha and a turquoise painted rhino from an American 19th century carousel. Duquette has covered the “oculus” of the house with a sheet of glass which holds Chinese porcelains and bronze figures suspended above the entrance hall below.
An alcove in a bedroom at “Dawnridge” circa 1980’s decorated by Tony Duquette using carvings from South East Asia and some of his collections of bronze Thai Buddhas.
The guest bedroom at “Dawnridge” circa 1980’s decorated by Tony Duquette. The canopy bed is hung with iridescent Thai silks and Japanese tassels. The walls are paneled with Chinese Coromandel screens. At the foot of the bed Duquette has placed a carved alligator from New Guinea.
The Duquettes’ own bedroom circa 1980’s. Tony Duquette decorated this room with antique Chinese embroideries overlaid with iridescent silk gauze. An antique Chinese graperoot table from the Hearst collection has been draped with an ocelot skin and the bed has been covered with a Chinese panel embroidered with gold thread.
The upper terrace at “Dawnridge” circa 1980’s . Tony Duquette has set his table for a party “al fresco” using his signature malachite printed cotton cloths, metal Beidermier gold painted chairs and part of his famous vermeil dinner service. Duquette created the alabaster-like lighted Chinese style lanterns using cast resin.
The lower terrace at “Dawnridge” looking across the swimming pool through the nacre-covered obelisks to Tony Duquette’s 28′ tall sculpture “The Phoenix Rising from Its Flames”.
The garden at “Dawnridge” circa 1980’s created by Tony Duquette and featuring pavilions, pagodas, and sculptures amidst his jungle-like South East Asian rain forest plantings. The pagoda in the foreground is one of several in the garden which Duquette originally created for the legendary costume designer and couturier Adrian.
The dining pavilion in the garden at “Dawnridge” circa 1980’s where Tony and Elizabeth Duquette frequently entertained. Hanging from the lattice ceiling is an original pagoda chandelier (this chandelier was moved by Duquette to his Malibu ranch and was later destroyed in the tragic green meadows fire which completely destroyed the Duquette ranch in Malibu).
This is a pagoda in the garden at “Dawnridge” flanked by two iron “Leaf” chairs designed by Tony Duquette in 1941 and later executed in the 1960’s for the interiors of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu. The two panels on each side of the entrance to the pagoda are made of plastic materials used to separate computer wires under office building floors. Duquette felt that this material looked just like 18th century Chinese “snowflake” grill work. He would often say that he liked to use non-traditional materials to gain traditional effects. The pavilion is flanked by two carved stone pagodas (which Duquette painted pink and green) and a pair of carved wooden deer from a palace in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Tony Duquette stands on the deck of his “Little Thai house” circa 1980’s. This house sits deep in the garden at “Dawnridge” He has created this “Thai” house from an existing structure by adding architectural fragments from Thailand and Bali as well as English gothic spires and Victorian gingerbread salvaged from Los Angeles’ historic Bunker Hill.
Looking into the office from the garden at “Dawnridge”. This small pavilion was built by Tony Duquette around an existing fireplace which was all that remained after a fire in 1972 burned the original house which was on this site to the ground. Duquette has furnished this office with his Louis XV ormolu bureau plat and antique Chinese Chippendale chairs.
The garden at “Dawnridge” circa 1980’s. Tony Duquette has placed his metal sculptures “Winter Sun” and “Summer Sun” amidst the plantings, pagodas, and pavilions.