Friday, April 6, 2018


Elizabeth Taylor with Elizabeth Duquette painting, The Sandpiper

I've always enjoyed this Vincente Minnelli film, from 1965, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  I totally relate to the character Ms. Taylor played- a rebel on the beach with a paint brush- living there in a shack with her young son... and, interestingly, the painting she is shown with (above) is by the beautiful wife of the late Tony Duquette, Elizabeth "Beegle" Duquette.

Elizabeth Duquette
Here, you can see what an elegant woman Mrs. Duquette was- and so talented, just like her wildly creative husband.  They were at the pinnacle of Southern California society- and he was discovered by the iconic and famous decorator, Elsie de Wolfe, who lived in Beverly Hills in the winter...
I read with interest that the Duquettes loved to serve Mexican food at their fabulous dinner parties.  Imagine the fun they must have had!

Elizabeth Duquette
 Just look at this amazing painting by Elizabeth Duquette- a tour de force of mystical and mysterious magic- allegorical, and totally fabulous... I so admire her and her work, just as I admire my dear friend, Judith Auclair, and her amazing work with shelled objects- known as coquillage- their talent knows no limits, then and now.

Mirror, Judith Auclair, Maison Auclair

Judith Auclair is also an elegant, talented woman- and a wonderful friend of many years.  Her taste level is through the roof- and she loves, like I do, to fantasize about schemes and decorative palettes, fabrics, furniture, gardens and architecture-  and for many years she has sold her shelled creations here by the seashore- and has her work included in prominent homes including the Jeffery Smith designed house here with interiors by David Anthony Easton of New York.  She is a dynamo, and, like Francis Elkins, prefers to be near the sea, the coast- and always surrounded by great beauty.

Vanderbilt Beach, Naples, Florida
This past Easter Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a casual but fun dinner on the beach- adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton- and took this snap shot, as the sun was setting.  While the sun was sinking into the horizon ever so slowly- our friend Norbert sang a most beautiful aria, in Italian of course- which was very beautiful and very soul enriching.  And I thought of dear Judith, Elizabeth, Beegle, and the beauty of our world.  DF ***** 


  1. Thank you so much for steering me here! I knew and adored Beegle....she was such a lovely lady..... completely incomparable. No one like her. A gentle, artistic soul...and the happiest married couple I have every known. She described to me putting a "box of sand" outside her door at Dawnridge (thank God for Huttton and is preserved to this day!) and cube of salt for the deer. The deer would have to put their feet in the box of sand to lick the salt. And she would see the deer footprints in the box of sand.
    The most delightful person ever. And Tony adored her beyond. My mother died of Parkinson's and when Beegle had it.....Tony would ask me...."how long will this suffering go on"?
    It was horrific. He was beyond wonderful to her. And he lived to 85; creating until the end!
    Thanks to Hutton.....he will live on for many generations.....without one would have heard of him. Not one person today......really.....those books that Hutton has published; the jewelry....all of it...will keep Tony and, I hope Beegle, alive for many generations to know of.
    Beegle was a delightful genius.....
    Thank you so much for telling me about your post!
    I cannot figure out how instagram works....I follow you....but I did not receive this!
    I got it thanks to James! I am a big fan of yours! I will try to figure out how to see your posts! Sheesh!!!

    1. Dear Penny,
      Thanks so much for your delightful comment! I just hope to meet you when I am in Cali!
      James and I met briefly when James was visiting Naples with Albert Hadley-
      I did stumble upon the old Robertson Blvd studio of Tony D when in Hollywood many years ago- magical!

  2. PS Hutton still serves Mexican food......(the most delicious you can imagine) at Dawnridge. His lovely employees who have followed Tony and Beegle....Hutton and how ever many generations....are the most wonderful and devoted people....and the best cooks on earth.
    there is no better food of any kind.....anywhere......than at Dawnridge!!!