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Dorothy Draper

American, 1889-1969

Few would argue with the statement that Dorothy Draper was the most influential American interior decorator of the past century. They might make a case for Elsie de Wolfe, who had banished heavy dark furnishings and finishes from late Edwardian-era rooms, or plump for Sister Parish, and her easeful gentrified look. But Draper simply was the face of decorating. Savvy, decisive and trim — she looked the part. And her 1939 book Decorating Is Fun! and a regular column for Good Housekeeping maintained that public image. As did, of course, her work.

Born to wealth in Tuxedo Park, New York, Draper received little formal schooling but did travel extensively in Europe, where she refined her eye and tastes. Draper invented the interior design style known these days as Hollywood Regency. She loved bold vibrant color, which she deployed in unusual combinations (pink paired with eggplant was a favorite). She had a penchant for black-and-white checkered floors.

Draper liked a room to have a statement piece on the wall, preferably a plaster scrollwork-framed mirror. But most of all Draper liked such things as huge moldings brimming with Baroque detail; upholstery fabrics with overscaled florals, such as her signature print called “Cabbage Rose.” Draper could keep it simple. Many of her chairs are unfussy slipper or club chairs, with maybe a little tufting. Her cabinets and other case pieces are equally elegant — the quiet España chest, which has three drawers with round brass pulls, has been a staple of classic decorating ever since Draper designed it in 1953.

During a heyday of production in the mid-1950s, Heritage entered into a partnership with Draper, while Frank Lloyd Wright created several lines of furniture for Henredon — the works by both designers, which included Draper's España line and Viennese furnishings group, were marketed under the Heritage-Henredon name owing to a cross-licensing agreement between the brands. 

Because of her passion for scale and grand gestures, most of Draper’s commissions were for hotels, resorts and apartment towers. In these spaces, she could follow her whim and produce such extravagances as the massive, playfully modernist chandelier in the lobby of the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia; the wildly Baroque fireplace in the lounge of New York’s Hampshire House; and the towering lacquered doors of the Arrowhead Springs Hotel in California. The woman thought big.

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Authentic Dorothy Draper España Chest in Ivory White Chocolate, circa 1955
By Heritage Furniture, Dorothy Draper, Heritage-Henredon
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Authentic Dorothy Draper España chest, shown in Ivory White Chocolate. The crème de la crème - the most iconic of Hollywood Regency glam - is ...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper

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Brass

Brazilliance Wallpaper by Dorothy Draper Wallcoverings
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Brazilliance, the iconic banana leaf print designed by Dorothy Draper, is offered in double rolls measuring 27 inches wide by 30 feet long. Repeat is 35.5 inches. Price is per double roll. Paper is not pre-pasted. Shipping cost below is per double roll, with quantity shipping discounts...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper

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Pair Late 20th Century Kindel Cherry Draper Dining Side Cafe Chairs
By Kindel Furniture, Dorothy Draper
Located in Dayton, OH
Dorothy Draper designed the original of this chair in 1945 for the Café and rooms at The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. The swirling lines of the back splat, the French inspired ...
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Late 20th Century Dorothy Draper

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Upholstery, Cherry

Vintage Wrought Iron Dorothy Draper Bistro Set
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Cumberland, RI
This is a beautiful set of vintage patio chairs and bistro table by Dorothyy Draper, a renowned brand in outdoor furniture. The set includ...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Dorothy Draper

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Wrought Iron

Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Chest Lacquered in Ivory, circa 1963
By Henredon, Dorothy Draper
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Exquisite Dorothy Draper Viennese collection chest professionally refinished in ivory lacquer and embellished with original acanthus leaf motif back plates. Brass hardware was profes...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper

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Brass

Hollywood Regency Era Dorothy Draper Cabinet Viennese Collection for Henredon
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This glazed walnut cabinet was designed by Dorothy Draper for Henredon as part of her Viennese Collection. It has Dutch styling with its highly stylized styling and bombe base. The i...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper

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Mirror, Walnut

Magnificent Pair Dorothy Draper X Base Espana Side Table Bench Hollywood Regency
By Heritage-Henredon, Dorothy Draper
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent Pair of Dorothy Draper X-base Espana side tables or benches. This tops have lovely graining and retain their original walnut finish-only some minor wear. We just love the gently patinated brass shrouds on the feet and a the stately brass medallions on either side. These are signed on the underside with an incised Heritage stamp...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper

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Brass

Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency Espana four-door marble top credenza
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Allentown, PA
This is a black and gold Hollywood Regency Lacquered chest by Henredon and design by Dorothy Draper in the mid-1950s. This credenza has a natural Italian travertine inserted marble t...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper

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Wood

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Dorothy Draper furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Dorothy Draper furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 35 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 1 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Dorothy Draper were created in the Hollywood Regency style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by William Doezema, Lorin Jackson, and O.B. Solie. Prices for Dorothy Draper furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $450 and can go as high as $35,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,550.

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