One of a kind Los Angeles city residence designed by Hutton Wilkinson for Tony Duquette Studios to highlight spring auction

20th Century Decorative Arts including Property from the Estate of Michael and Michelle Ertzan
16 Apr 2012
Los Angeles

Los Angeles – Bonhams will hold its spring auction of 20th Century Decorative Arts on April 16, 2012. The Los Angeles sale will offer a diverse group of high quality works spanning a century of design by well-known figures of the period. Strong examples of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, pieces by Contemporary Studio artists and works that celebrate the influence of Post-War Art & Design in Southern California will be offered as well as a one-of-a-kind city residence designed by Hutton Wilkinson for Tony Duquette Studios.

Assembled for a prestigious city residence in Los Angeles, the "Urban Oasis" is a Wilkinson/Duquette masterpiece. Designed as a retreat for its inhabitants, the pair created an environment of tranquillity through an ingenious use of rich fabrics, strategically placed furnishings, mirrors and lighting, which were used to generate optical illusions throughout the space. Upon entering the "Urban Oasis," each visitor was transported to a serene and elegant interior inspired by India, Morocco, Southeast Asia and Italy, all while enjoying the view from the balcony.

This will be the second time that a complete Wilkinson/Duquette creation of this type has been offered at public auction. The first environment, a complete "Tented Room," was featured at Bonhams in Los Angeles in 2010. Items were 100% sold and the collection exceeded its high estimate.

Jason Stein, Associate Director, 20th Century Decorative Arts at Bonhams said of the sale: "Bonhams is honoured to feature the 'Urban Oasis' during the April sale of 20th Century Decorative Arts. We look forward to continued interest in high style design."

As one of the foremost Duquette experts in the field, Stein developed and produced the auction of the Estate of late design legend Tony Duquette in 2001, serving as Specialist-in-Charge of the sale. At the time, the auction was touted as the largest house sale to ever take place at a major auctioneer in North America.

Although the "Urban Oasis" will be sold consecutively during the auction, it will be displayed en suite, enabling the public to enjoy and experience the space as Wilkinson and Duquette intended. For the auction preview, which is complimentary and open to the public, the "Urban Oasis" will be re-created using similar dimensions, furniture placement and lighting.

Individual works of note from the "Urban Oasis" to be offered on April 16 will include: a pair of Modern Neoclassic white painted cast resin and wood (rose) chests (est. $5,000-7,000); a Venetian Rococo style polychrome wood bombé secretary bureau with faux coral branches, with a Duquette coral painted interior, together with a fabric covered plinth (est. $4,000-6,000); a set of eight Anglo Indian white painted carved blackwood dining chairs adapted by Duquette with fabric sourced by the designer (est. $2,000-3,000); a pair of Modern black painted metal Palladian camphor-etched puzzle cocktail tables (est. $1,200-1,800); an Anglo Indian white-painted carved blackwood dining table (est. $800-1,200); a Venetian Baroque style gilt gesso and glass wall mirror with sunburst (est. $700-900) and a pair of Indian mother of pearl stools with gold and electrical illumination (est. $600-800, among others. A selection of in situ images is available to media covering the story.

Additional furniture highlights on offer during the spring auction include: "Proust's Armchair," 1978 by Alessandro Mendini for Studio Alchimia (est. $30,000-50,000); a galvanised tin and brass console table "Model 57," 1970's, by John Dickinson (est. $20,000-40,000); a Brazilian rosewood and marble buffet, circa 1925, by Jules Leleu (est. $12,000-18,000); a "Tablet Chair" by Paul Tuttle featured in the recent exhibition "Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985" at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, September 2011-January 2012 (est. $2,500-3,500); a highly sought-after walnut and ebony rocking chair by Sam Maloof (est. $30,000-50,000) and a walnut conference table also by Maloof (est. $25,000-35,000). Bonhams currently holds the world auction record for a Maloof conference table, which was set in March 2006.

Of the many important ceramic and glass works to be offered during the April sale, pieces by Dale Chihuly, Clarice Cliff, Richard Marquis, Moorcroft, Daum Nancy, Gertrud and Otto Natzler and Paolo Venini, will be highlighted. Notable examples include a blown glass work titled "Blanket Cylinder" by Chihuly (est. $25,000-35,000); a glass "Crazy Quilt" banded cylinder by Marquis (est. $7,000-9,000) and a "Murrina" vase, circa 1950, by Venini (est. $20,000-30,000). This stunning piece was featured on the cover of the Venini Catalogue Raisonné, 1921-1986 published in 2000.

The illustrated auction catalogue for this sale will be available online for review and purchase at in the weeks preceding the sale.

Preview: April 14-15, 2012, Los Angeles

Auction: April 16, Los Angeles

Press Contact: Jannelle Grigsby,, (310) 567-7990


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