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    Multi-Stone, South Sea Cultured Pearl, Diamond, Gold, Silver Moretto Brooch, Tony Duquette
    The blackamoor brooch features an oval-shaped kunzite measuring 28.00 x 16.15 x 10.92 mm and weighing approximately 29.50 carats, enhanced by oval-shaped rhodolite garnets weighing a total of approximately 11.70 carats, accented by oval-shaped pink tourmaline weighing a total of approximately 1.50 carats, accented by full-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.25 carat, complemented by a South Sea cultured pearl measuring 12.60 mm, supporting a detachable pear-shaped pink sapphire cabochon measuring 16.11 x 11.75 x 7.02 mm and weighing approximately 10.95 carats, set in 18k gold and blackened silver, marked Tony Duquette. Gross weight 52.60 grams.
    Dimensions: 4 inches x 2-1/4 inches

    Condition Report*: Diamonds:
    Avg Color: J-K-L
    Avg Clarity: SI
    Shape(s): Full-cut
    Count: 1 - 25

    Colored Gems:
    Type(s): Pink Tourmaline, Kunzite, Rhodolite Garnet, Pink Sapphire
    Shape(s): Oval, Pear cabochon
    Count: 1 - 25
    Avg Quality: Good


    Pearl: 1
    Type: South Sea
    Shape: Near Round
    Color: Silver
    Overtone: Rose
    Luster: Good
    Surface: Blemished
    Count: 1
    Size: 12.60 mm


    Overall Condition: Very Good
    Condition Notes: Unmistakably Duquette! The brooch is marked Tony Duquette 18k. Completed by a pinstem and catch. Several of the stones are moderately chipped or abraded. The pear-shaped pink sapphire can be removed. The "moretto" is an item of jewelry that best encapsulates the classical image of Shakespeare’s Othello and the refined goldsmith’s techniques of 18th-century Venice. The blackamoor, or "moretto", is embellished by the infinite styles and combinations that make each piece unique.
    Tony Duquette: Born in Los Angeles, Tony Duquette started his artist life in the theatre. After graduating from Chouinard Art Institute and free-lancing for various designers, he quickly established himself as one of the leading designers in Los Angeles. He was the first American artist to have a one-man showing at the Louvre. This would be the first of many solo exhibitions. Through the 1960’s and 70’s, the Duquette’s (wife Elizabeth, whom he married in 1949, was an artist, his muse, and life collaborator), traveled the world creating private oasis interiors for notables such as Doris Duke, Norton Simon and a castle in Ireland for Elizabeth Arden. Additionally, he designed interiors for commercial and public spaces, including a monumental exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry at Exposition Park. His love of opulence, whether it be in exotic fabrics, hides, feathers, objects d’art from South East Asia, recycled and found objects brightly spray-painted, to gems; bold, colorful and unabashedly combined were always his vision. He never stopped creating fantasy living spaces, art and jewelry. At the time of his death at age 85 in 1999, he was in the midst of working on the interiors in the Palazzo Brandolini in Venice and a jewelry collection for Gucci. His work is carried on by his longtime business and design partner, Hutton Wilkinson, recreating from Duquette’s original works.

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2019
    29th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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