15 Sep 2012
NEW YORK — Bonhams is pleased to announce the October 15 Tony Duquette: Jewels of Enchantment auction featuring 80 lots of one-of-a-kind designs from the visionary designer, lifestyle tastemaker, indulgent creator and unique artist, Tony Duquette. Tony Duquette: Jewels of Enchantment marks the largest collection of Duquette fine jewels to come to auction. This fine selection offered at Bonhams New York is made entirely of the finest materials and precious stones and will surely attract not only Duquette enthusiasts, but appreciators of art, fashion and design whose senses become overtaken and transported into the finely crafted world of Tony Duquette.
This sale follows the extreme success of the Bonhams 2011 Talismans of Power auction which was 100% sold and featured elegant Duquette designs made from gold plated silver, exotic and semi-precious stones and geodes.
Susan Abeles, head of Jewelry US, states about Duquette's designs, "Color, texture and movement are the signature characteristics that define the jewels of Tony Duquette. Along with his business partner, Hutton Wilkinson, Duquette has created amazing fantastical adornments for decades. Inspired by nature and using clever juxtaposition, the two have created powerful and enchanting gem statements that continue to attract artistic and affluent international patronage and confident women."
Due to Duquette's devotion and continuous inspiration by naturally beautiful materials like abalone, coral and malachite, he was playfully nicknamed "Tony Abalone." As result of this inspiration come several highlights to the auction like an abalone shell and South Sea cultured pearl necklace, designed as a series of graduated abalone shell panels detailed with fourteen baroque cultured pearls (pre-sale est. $14,000-18,000). Also within this theme is an oversized memento mori (translated as, remember your mortality) necklace designed with carved pink coral skulls with radiating branches of red and white coral, which is accentuated by oval-shaped fire opal, round brilliant-cut diamonds and dark gray cultured pearls detailed with gold insects (pre-sale est. $45,000-65,000). The same collection also features a large coral skull brooch (pre-sale est. $20,000-30,000).
Eye-catching color and non-traditional rainbows also play muse to Duquette's designs. A stunning multi-colored bib necklace featuring various shapes of blue, yellow, pink and purple cabochon sapphires leads this grouping with a pre-sale estimate of $35,000-45,000. Another commanding color piece is the bicolor tourmaline and moonstone necklace—designed as twelve tapered rectangular panels of rough bicolor tourmaline, each centering on an oval-shaped cabochon moonstone (pre-sale est. $18,000-25,000). A vibrant 55-carat aquamarine set within a heavy mount of pave-set diamond prongs (pre-sale est. $12,000-18,000) will be sure to attract some attention, as well as, a gem-set and diamond ring centering on a half-moon peridot and a half-moon pink tourmaline (pre-sale est. $7,500-9,500).
Other highlights to the sale are a moonstone and gem-set necklace designed as a series of floral clusters accentuated by ruby leaves with green tourmaline details (pre-sale est. $16,000-18,000); a flexible ruby bead and diamond bracelet (pre-sale est. $14,000-20,000); and a rough emerald and moonstone ring centering on a cabochon moonstone within a broad tapered mount composed entirely of rough emerald (pre-sale est. $2,000-3,000).
For the full auction catalog and preview hours please visit bonhams.com/20527.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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