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Dorothy Draper Furniture

Dorothy Draper (United States, 1889–1969)
Dorothy Draper (United States, 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 checked 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. The quiet “España” chest, which has three drawers with round brass pulls, has been a staple of classic decorating ever since Draper designed it for Henredon in 1953.

Because of her passion for scale and the 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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Pair of Original Handmade Dorothy Draper Tables for the Greenbrier Resort
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
These are the actual tables that were on the cover of House Beautiful Magazine, August 1948. Showcasing the Greenbrier Resort newly decorated by Dorothy Draper. The pair of crenelate...
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1940s American Baroque Revival Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Dorothy Draper Espana Chests
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Slate, Wood

Pair of Wall-Mounted Bedside Tables Attributed to Dorothy Draper
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

Authentic Dorothy Draper Pair of Tables Custom-Made for the Greenbrier Resort
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Authentic Dorothy Draper Round Side Table Custom-Made for the Greenbrier Resort
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Pair of Dorothy Draper Henredon Chests
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
Stunning pair of Dorothy Draper designed Heritage, Henredon chests in original orange and gold finish. Tops are slate.
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1950s Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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H 26 in. W 27.5 in. D 15 in.
Pair of Dorothy Draper Arm Chairs
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
White painted Dorothy Draper designed New York style arm chairs. Green flame stitch fabric.<br /> Provenance: The Greenbrier resort, West Virginia
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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H 35.5 in. W 23 in. D 21 in.
Original Plaster Chandelier from the Cloister
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
One of seven plaster chandeliers from The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia.
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Dorothy Draper Ottoman
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
Dorothy Draper original from the Greenbrier Hotel. Used at the foot of the bed in the guest rooms.
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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H 20 in. W 25 in. D 18 in.
Set of Four Dorothy Draper Side Chairs
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of four Dorothy Draper designed Queen Anne style side chairs. Provenance: Greenbrier Hotel.
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H 38 in. W 20.5 in. D 20 in.
Pair of Dorothy Draper Custom Designed Tables for the Greenbrier
By Dorothy Draper
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