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Dorothy Draper Furniture

American, 1889-1969
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 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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Creator: Dorothy Draper
Authentic Dorothy Draper Round Side Table Custom-Made for the Greenbrier Resort
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
An original table from the 1948 Dorothy Draper designed Greenbrier Resort. Round table with four legs and four curved cutout rectangles details.  
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

Stunning 1930s Dorothy Draper Black Lacquered Cabinet
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a two-door cabinet designed by Dorothy Draper, circa 1940s. Fully restored, it features an unusual serpentine front and the two elegant sculpted doors with hand carved, gilt ...
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1930s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Wood

Lovely Dorothy Draper Biscuit Tufted Bench Hollywood Regency
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely Dorothy Draper biscuit tufted bench in the Hollywood Regency style. We love the biscuit tufted upholstery but the fabric is worn and foam will need to be replaced. We also fan...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

Demi Lune Side Table Designed by Dorothy Draper
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Atlanta, GA
Showroom new - from the Dorothy Draper Archives this table has a lovely demilune shape and Chippendale inspired style. The table houses one drawer that disappears into the apron. Thi...
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2010s American Chippendale Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Wood

Authentic Dorothy Draper Pair of Tables Custom-Made for the Greenbrier Resort
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
Late 1940s large-scale authentic Dorothy Draper pair of custom-made pedestal tables from the Greenbrier Resort. These were not mass produced pieces.
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Wood

Magnificent Pair Dorothy Draper Henredon Heritage Stool Ottomans Hollywood
By Heritage-Henredon, Dorothy Draper
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent pair of Dorothy Draper Henredon Heritage stools. We had the seats biscuit tufted upholstered in a shimmering peacock blue velvet and they sure look scrumptious! They meas...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Dorothy Draper España Side Tables in Original Black and Gold Lacquer
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Beautiful pair of Dorothy Draper España collection side tables in excellent vintage condition for Heritage circa 1950. These beautiful, regal and timeless black Dorothy Draper lacque...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Brass

Dorothy Draper Dresser for the Greenbrier Hotel
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Dallas, TX
An important piece of design history. Eight-drawer dresser designed by Dorothy Draper for the Greenbrier resort, White sulphur springs, West Virginia. The dresser is in original cond...
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Mid-20th Century American Baroque Dorothy Draper Furniture

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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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Paper

Pair of Dorothy Draper Espana Chests
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of reddish-orange with gold trim Espana chests designed for Henredon by the premiere decorator, Dorothy Draper in the mid 1950s. They are finished with the original natural sl...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Slate

Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency Baroque Bouquet Sofa, Carleton Varney, Downfill
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency Baroque Bouquet sofa, Carleton Varney, Downfill. Iconic Hollywood Regency piece. Features the Baroque Bouquet floral pattern in yellow citron. Rolled...
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Late 20th Century American Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Textile

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

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Brass

Pair of Dorothy Draper Espana Cabinets for Heritage Henredon, circa 1955
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Saint Louis, MO
A pair of one-of-a-kind cabinets designed by Dorothy Draper (1889-1969) - America's most famous decorator - for her España line. After touring Spain for inspiration, Dorothy Draper p...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Wood

Authentic Dorothy Draper Espana Chest in Emerald Green
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Authentic Dorothy Draper España chest, shown in Emerald Green. The crème de la crème - the most iconic of Hollywood Regency glam - is Dorothy Draper's España bunching chest. Dorothy ...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Brass

Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency Armchair Pair, Carleton Varney, Down-Filled
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency armchair pair, Carleton Varney, Down-filled. Iconic Hollywood Regency pair. Features the Baroque Bouquet floral pattern in yellow citron. Rolled Arm,...
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20th Century American Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Textile

Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Ivory Chest with Gold Incised Drawers
By Henredon, Dorothy Draper
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Hollywood glamour then and now, this Viennese Collection chest of drawers was designed by the Queen of Hollywood Regency - Dorothy Draper - in the early 1960s and features solid bras...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Brass

Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency Brass Cabbage Paper Weight with Label
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Mon choux! Here's Dorothy Draper's "peu chou" (little cabbage) as the french say. A neat, organically shaped petite cabbage paper weight from the Dorothy Draper Company, Signature Co...
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Late 20th Century North American Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper Plaster Lamps
By Frances Elkins, Sirmos, Serge Roche, Dorothy Draper
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of Hollywood Regency Dorothy Draper plaster lamps. Our stunning large scale heavy weight Hollywood Regency Baroque style plaster lamps on wood bases were executed in a cream whi...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Plaster

Set of 3 Dorothy Draper Espana Collection Benches For Heritage Henredon
By Heritage-Henredon, Dorothy Draper
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of three Dorothy Draper Espana Collection benches. These first appeared in 1955 as part of Draper's Espana Collection from Heritage /Henredon. They have been restored with fresh ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Brass, Gold Leaf

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 Furniture

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Brass

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 Wall-Mounted Bedside Tables Attributed to Dorothy Draper
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Stamford, CT
Églomisé inset mirror tops. Right and left mounted tables, each having one drawer and one open shelf. Foliated carved wood decorative legs. Decorative carvings. Blue and grey painted...
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1940s American Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Chest
By Dorothy Draper, Henredon
Located in Dallas, TX
Designed by Dorothy Draper and manufactured by Henredon. This iconic chest is known for its glamorous, Hollywood Regency style. It is part of the Viennese Collection, which debuted a...
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1960s Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Brass

Set of 10 Regency Dining Chairs by Dorothy Draper for Henredon
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Las Vegas, NV
These were recently used in the newest Gucci ad campaign "Tiger". A set of 10 Regency dining chairs designed by Dorothy Draper for Henredon furniture. Fabulous sculptural chairs with...
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Late 20th Century Regency Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Dorothy Draper Serpentine Chests in Ivory Lacquer with Nickel Pulls
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Stunning vintage Dorothy Draper serpentine cabinets in ivory lacquer with dark mahogany bases & beautiful silver nickel over bronze scroll pulls, circa 1940s. Great examples of Dorot...
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1940s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Lacquer

Barrel Back Hollywood Regency Spiral Carved Chair by Dorothy Draper
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Hollywood Regency spiral chair by Dorothy Draper. The chair features a barrel back design with carved Mid Century accents and a Naugahydeyde seat. It is in excellent condition. Dim...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Wood

Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Display Cabinet
By Dorothy Draper, Henredon
Located in Chicago, IL
Impressive cabinet from Draper's 1963 Viennese collection for Henredon. Features bombe base with three drawers, splayed feet and intricately chased brass drop pulls. Above base i...
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1960s American Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Brass

Large Scale Andirons by Dorothy Draper for The Greenbrier Hotel
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of large scale Andirons, designed by Dorothy Draper for The Greenbrier Hotel, American, circa 1947. They stand an impressive 41" height. They are signed with a partial cast manu...
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1940s American American Classical Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Metal, Iron, Brass

Dorothy Draper Espana Collection Ivory and Slate Coffee Table
By Dorothy Draper, Heritage-Henredon
Located in Chicago, IL
A Dorothy Draper design from her iconic Espana collection, this exceptional Heritage Henredon round coffee table is comprised of hand-carved wood with an ivory glaze. Reverse quatref...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

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Slate

Dorothy Draper Set of Nesting Tables
By Dorothy Draper
Located in St. Louis, MO
Set of three nesting tables by Dorothy Draper. Refinished in a dark espresso finish. Measures: Large: 18" D x 22" W x 18.25 H Medium: 18" D x 19.88" D x 17.38" H Small: 17.88" ...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture

Dorothy Draper furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Dorothy Draper's furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Dorothy Draper collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 31 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there is also 1 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Dorothy Draper were created during the 20th century in Hollywood Regency style in North America. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Lorin Jackson, William Doezema and Ethan Allen. Prices for Dorothy Draper furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $450 and tops out at $35,000, while pieces like these can sell for $7,500 on average.

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