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86 A DESIGN BACCHANALIA T ony Duquette was a maximalist genius who created lavish fi lm and theater settings, as well as extraordinary interiors, jewelry, and furniture for Hollywood stars and European royalty. He died in 1999, but his longtime protégé and collaborator, Hutton Wilkinson, has continued his mentor's legacy as president of Tony Duquette, Inc. Wilkinson has introduced an important collection of furnishings, in collaboration with Maitland-Smith, inspired by Duquette's priceless originals created for some of the most celebrated tastemakers of our time. The timing couldn't be more perfect: Wilkinson's newest book, Tony Duquette's Dawnridge (Abrams), focuses on the lavish Beverly Hills residence Duquette created for himself and his wife in 1949. Furnishings from Dawnridge, along with Wilkinson's personal residence, were either reproduced or used as inspiration for the Maitland- Smith collection. The sumptuous 43-piece lineup includes furniture, lighting, and accessories made from many of the materials Duquette favored — gold leaf, lapis lazuli, coral, abalone, rock crystal, bronze, lacquer, and exotic hardwoods. It's enough to make you weep with nostalgia: The Phoenix mirror, which was originally created by Duquette for John and Dodie Rosekrans' Paris apartment, is rendered anew in carved and gilded wood; the Elsie lamp-table was inspired by a favorite antique Japanese-lacquer table given to Duquette by Elsie de Wolfe, his mentor; the sleek Studio Klismos chair was fi rst created by Duquette in the 1950s as additional seating for the glamorous parties hosted in his studio ballroom; and the Malaquita desk is fi nished in faux malachite, one of Duquette's favorite colors and patterns, which he used copiously on furniture and accessories throughout his interiors. The Serenisima screen, which Wilkinson created years ago for Dawnridge, was taken from Duquette's original pen-and-ink drawings of Venice. The charming sketches were made during a 1947 trip with de Wolfe, who introduced him to the Duke of Windsor. The Rose chest was used by Cecil Beaton on the set he created for My Fair Lady; it, too, later made its way into Dawnridge. Tony Duquette for Maitland-Smith, at IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Frisco; to the trade at Charles Ray & Associates. BY REBECCA SHERMAN Erden's Edition One rugs Tony Duquette for Maitland- Smith Malaquita desk Cete table Coralino candlestick

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