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 DeWolfe, 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 refining 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 Henrenon 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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Dorothy Draper, Serpentine Commode with Nickel Bronze Hardware
Dorothy Draper, Serpentine Commode with Nickel Bronze Hardware
Offered by Century Design Ltd.
Dimensions: H 30.5 in. W 36 in. D 22 in.
Dealer Location: St. Louis, MO
Materials & Techniques: Lacquer, Mahogany, Nickel
Dorothy Draper, Serpentine Commode with Nickel Bro...
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Lacquer, Mahogany, Nickel
An important Dorothy Draper serpentine front cabinet in ivory lacquer with dark mahogany based and nickel shell door pulls. Pair available, priced per cabinet.
Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Dresser
Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Dresser
Offered by Bea Hive Vintage
Dimensions: H 30.5 in. W 44 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Stamford, CT
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Wood
Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Dresser
Dorothy Draper, Henredon
Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection chest of drawers. Designed by Draper for Henredon. Three-drawer design with nine square brass pulls. Original black satin painted finish with burnishe...
Dorothy Draper Black and Gold Espana Chest
Dorothy Draper Black and Gold Espana Chest
Offered by At Home Modern
Dimensions: H 32 in. W 38 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Philadelphia, PA
Dorothy Draper Black and Gold Espana Chest
Dorothy Draper
Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Dressers
A staple of Hollywood Regency style! This lovely chest has three drawers and ring pulls. Excellent condition.
Original Plaster Chandelier from the Cloister
Original Plaster Chandelier from the Cloister
Offered by Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques
Dimensions: H 31 in. Dm 25.5 in.
Dealer Location: Stamford, CT
Original Plaster Chandelier from the Cloister
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Chandeliers and Pendants
One of seven plaster chandeliers from The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia.
Pair of Dorothy Draper Henredon Chests
Pair of Dorothy Draper Henredon Chests
Offered by Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques
Dimensions: H 26 in. W 27.5 in. D 15 in.
Dealer Location: Stamford, CT
Pair of Dorothy Draper Henredon Chests
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1950s Cabinets
Stunning pair of Dorothy Draper designed Heritage, Henredon chests in original orange and gold finish. Tops are slate.
Pair of Wall-Mounted Bedside Tables Attributed to Dorothy Draper
Pair of Wall-Mounted Bedside Tables Attributed to Dorothy Draper
Offered by Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques
Dimensions: H 32 in. W 30.25 in. D 17.5 in.
Dealer Location: Stamford, CT
Pair of Wall-Mounted Bedside Tables Attributed to ...
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Bedroom Furniture
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 wi...
Stylish Mid-Century Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Dresser
Stylish Mid-Century Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Dresser
Offered by Architectural Anarchy
Dimensions: H 30.75 in. W 44 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Wood
Stylish Mid-Century Dorothy Draper Viennese Collec...
Dorothy Draper, Henredon
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Stylish Mid-Century Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Dresser.
Pair of Hollywood Regency Style Black Espana Dorothy Draper Designed Chests
Pair of Hollywood Regency Style Black Espana Dorothy Draper Designed Chests
Offered by ReMod Gallery
Dimensions: H 32 in. W 38 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Medford, NJ
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Lacquer
Pair of Hollywood Regency Style Black Espana Dorot...
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Cabinets
Brass, Lacquer
Pair of Dorothy Draper Espana rectangular chests with new black lacquer finish, features three drawers decorated with a repeated routed pattern. Large brass ring pulls adorn the centres...
Dorothy Draper for Henredon España Collection Bench
Dorothy Draper for Henredon España Collection Bench
Offered by Bea Hive Vintage
Dimensions: H 17.5 in. W 24 in. D 19 in.
Dealer Location: Stamford, CT
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Dorothy Draper for Henredon España Collection Ben...
Dorothy Draper, Henredon
Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Benches
Wood
Single España style bench by Dorothy Draper for Henredon Heritage. Original natural wood finish with subtle lime wash finish. Satin brass sabots and center medallion detailing. Newly u...
Dorothy Draper Espana Collection Ivory and Slate Coffee Table
Dorothy Draper Espana Collection Ivory and Slate Coffee Table
Offered by Assemblage Ltd.
Dimensions: H 18.25 in. Dm 40 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Materials & Techniques: Slate, Wood, Lacquer
Dorothy Draper Espana Collection Ivory and Slate C...
Dorothy Draper, Heritage-Henredon
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Slate, Wood, Lacquer
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 quatrefoil...
Dorothy Draper Espana Chest, Stamped Heritage
Dorothy Draper Espana Chest, Stamped Heritage
Offered by Quotient
Dimensions: H 31 in. W 38 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Wood
Dorothy Draper Espana Chest, Stamped Heritage
Dorothy Draper, Heritage Furniture
20th Century American Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Exceptional three-drawer black lacquer dresser with carved, gold leaf detail and brass pulls. Designed by Dorothy Draper for Heritage Henredon.
Dorothy Draper Mirror Head Board
Dorothy Draper Mirror Head Board
Offered by S. Julian
Dimensions: W 6 ft. 6.3 in. L 2 ft. 8.5 in.
Dealer Location: Bronx, NY
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Dorothy Draper Mirror Head Board
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Wall Mirrors
Wood
Dorothy Draper hand-carved wood frame mirror/head board.
Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Display Cabinet
Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Display Cabinet
Offered by Assemblage Ltd.
Dimensions: H 7 ft. 2 in. W 5 ft. 7 in. D 14.5 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Materials & Techniques: Walnut, Glass, Brass
Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Display Cabinet...
Dorothy Draper, Henredon
Vintage 1960s American Vitrines
Walnut, Glass, Brass
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 is v...
1960s Dorothy Draper "España" Chest of Drawers by Heritage, Refinished
1960s Dorothy Draper "España" Chest of Drawers by Heritage, Refinished
Offered by Double Vision
Dimensions: H 31.5 in. W 38 in. D 20 in.
Dealer Location: santa monica, CA
Materials & Techniques: Metal, Wood
1960s Dorothy Draper "España" Chest of Drawers by...
Dorothy Draper, Heritage-Henredon
Vintage 1960s American Hollywood Regency Dressers
Metal, Wood
Dorothy Draper "Espana" chest of drawers. Authentic, stamped Heritage Henredon. Refinished in original black and gold, 1960s.  
Dorothy Draper Espana Chest of Drawers
Dorothy Draper Espana Chest of Drawers
Offered by Fleur de Lis
Dimensions: H 31.75 in. W 38 in. D 20 in.
Dealer Location: Redding, CT
Materials & Techniques: Metal, Wood
Dorothy Draper Espana Chest of Drawers
Dorothy Draper, Heritage-Henredon
Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Metal, Wood
Dorothy Draper Espana chest of drawers. Freshly refinished and painted. Unsigned.
Pair of Monumental, 1940s Art Moderne Table Lamps by Dorothy Draper
Pair of Monumental, 1940s Art Moderne Table Lamps by Dorothy Draper
Offered by Retro Modern
Dimensions: H 39 in. Dm 22 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Pair of Monumental, 1940s Art Moderne Table Lamps ...
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
A pair of monumental, 1940s art moderne table lamps by Dorothy Draper.
Glamorous 1940s Hollywood Scroll Design Slipper Chair by Dorothy Draper
Glamorous 1940s Hollywood Scroll Design Slipper Chair by Dorothy Draper
Offered by High Style Deco
Dimensions: H 33 in. W 27.5 in. D 29 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Glamorous 1940s Hollywood Scroll Design Slipper Ch...
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Slipper Chairs
This elegant slipper chair features a scroll design and is newly upholstered in platinum sharkskin fabric with ebonized walnut legs. This piece has been mint restored.
Dorothy Draper Style Cream and Gold Gilt Carved Wood Shell Mirror
Dorothy Draper Style Cream and Gold Gilt Carved Wood Shell Mirror
Offered by Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts & Antiques
Dorothy Draper Style Cream and Gold Gilt Carved Wood Shell Mirror
Offered by Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts & Antiques
Dimensions: W 2 ft. 4 in. L 3 ft. 2 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Materials & Techniques: Giltwood
Dorothy Draper Style Cream and Gold Gilt Carved Wo...
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Wall Mirrors
Giltwood
A very fine example of Dorothy Draper's style in this shell mirror in cream and gold.
Pair of 1950s Dorothy Draper Table Lamps
Pair of 1950s Dorothy Draper Table Lamps
Offered by Cafiero Select
On Hold
Dimensions: H 37.5 in. Dm 17 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Iron, Parchment Paper
Pair of 1950s Dorothy Draper Table Lamps
Dorothy Draper
Mid-20th Century American Modern Table Lamps
Iron, Parchment Paper
This pair of tall and baluster-shaped table lamps are by the American interior decorator Dorothy Draper. The lamps are comprised of enameled iron with silver-hued details. Included are ...
Dorothy Draper Commode from Viennese Collection
Dorothy Draper Commode from Viennese Collection
Offered by Lerebours Antiques
Dimensions: H 30 in. W 37.25 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Dorothy Draper Commode from Viennese Collection
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Dorothy Draper commode from Viennese collection.
Custom Pair of Dorothy Draper Style Lacquered Commodes
Custom Pair of Dorothy Draper Style Lacquered Commodes
Offered by Lerebours Antiques
Customizable
Dimensions: H 30.25 in. W 37.5 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Custom Pair of Dorothy Draper Style Lacquered Comm...
Dorothy Draper
21st Century and Contemporary American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A custom pair of Dorothy Draper style lacquered commodes.
Pair of Dorothy Draper for Heritage "Espana" Dressers with Custom Glass Tops
Pair of Dorothy Draper for Heritage "Espana" Dressers with Custom Glass Tops
Offered by Motley
Dimensions: H 32 in. W 38.25 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Maple, Oak, Wood
Pair of Dorothy Draper for Heritage "Espana" Dress...
Dorothy Draper, Heritage Furniture
Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Dressers
Brass, Maple, Oak, Wood
Pair of "Espana" dressers designed in by Dorothy Draper for Heritage Furniture. Includes custom black glass tops as shown.
Pair of Dorothy Draper for Henredon Stools, 1960s
Pair of Dorothy Draper for Henredon Stools, 1960s
Offered by Deja Vu Decor
Dimensions: H 17.5 in. W 24 in. D 19 in.
Dealer Location: Miami, FL
Pair of Dorothy Draper for Henredon Stools, 1960s
Dorothy Draper, Henredon
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Footstools
Pair of foot stools by Dorothy Draper for Henredon. They have been recovered at some point.
Pair of Dorothy Draper Black Lacquer Espana Chests
Pair of Dorothy Draper Black Lacquer Espana Chests
Offered by Showplace Antique + Design Center
Pair of Dorothy Draper Black Lacquer Espana Chests
Offered by Showplace Antique + Design Center
Dimensions: H 31.75 in. W 38.25 in. D 20 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Wood
Pair of Dorothy Draper Black Lacquer Espana Chests...
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
This pair of black lacquer Espana chests by designer Dorothy Draper, circa 1950s, includes three drawers with three brass ring handles, each bordered by beveled gilt trim. The chests re...
Dorothy Draper Black and Silver Three-Drawer Chest of Drawers
Dorothy Draper Black and Silver Three-Drawer Chest of Drawers
Offered by Soho Treasures
Dimensions: H 32 in. W 38 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Elmwood Park, NJ
Dorothy Draper Black and Silver Three-Drawer Chest...
Dorothy Draper
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Nice Dorothy Draper Bachelor chest of drawers.
Dorothy Draper Gorgeous Custom Chest
Dorothy Draper Gorgeous Custom Chest
Offered by Galerie XX
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 32 in. D 19 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Dorothy Draper Gorgeous Custom Chest
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Originally designed for the Fairmont hotel in San Francisco.
1940s Red Velvet Chair by Dorothy Draper for The Fairmount in S.F.
1940s Red Velvet Chair by Dorothy Draper for The Fairmount in S.F.
Offered by Galerie QUARTZ
Dimensions: H 33.86 in. W 23.62 in. D 19.69 in.
Dealer Location: Brussels, BE
Materials & Techniques: Bog Wood, Velvet
1940s Red Velvet Chair by Dorothy Draper for The F...
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Chairs
Bog Wood, Velvet
- From the lobby of the mythic Fairmount hotel in San Francisco ( designed in the 40's by Dorothy Draper). - Original upholstery with thick black fringes.
Dorothy Draper Black Lacquer Espana Chest
Dorothy Draper Black Lacquer Espana Chest
Offered by An Orange Moon
Dimensions: H 31.5 in. W 38 in. D 20 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Giltwood, Wood
Dorothy Draper Black Lacquer Espana Chest
Dorothy Draper, Henredon
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Giltwood, Wood
An Orange Moon is proud to offer this documented, authenticated, vintage original Dorothy Draper piece. This incredibly dramatic three-drawer lacquered and giltwood commode or chest...
Elegant Chest of Drawers by Dorothy Draper, circa 1940
Elegant Chest of Drawers by Dorothy Draper, circa 1940
Offered by Galerie Martel-Greiner
Dimensions: H 31.89 in. W 4 ft. 5.9 in. D 18.11 in.
Dealer Location: Paris, FR
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Wood
Elegant Chest of Drawers by Dorothy Draper, circa ...
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Elegant chest of drawers by Dorothy Draper, circa 1940. Black lacquered wood. Six drawers. Gold highlights scalloped decoration around drawers. Brass handles Measures: H 31.8 x W ...
Dorothy Draper "Espana" Chest in Tiffany Box Blue
Dorothy Draper "Espana" Chest in Tiffany Box Blue
Offered by Galerie XX
Dimensions: H 32 in. W 38 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Dorothy Draper "Espana" Chest in Tiffany Box Blue
Dorothy Draper
20th Century American Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Gorgeous. Restored perfectly with nickel hardware.
Dorothy Draper Side Chair
Dorothy Draper Side Chair
Offered by DeAngelis
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 18.5 in. D 20 in.
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Dorothy Draper Side Chair
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Hollywood Regency Side Chairs
Polished cast aluminum side chair designed by Dorothy Draper fro the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco 1949. A pair of matching armchairs for the "Crown" dining room are available separate...
Rare Pair of Dorothy Draper Original Leather Scroll Back Klismos Salon Chairs
Rare Pair of Dorothy Draper Original Leather Scroll Back Klismos Salon Chairs
Offered by Decollect
Dimensions: H 36 in. W 22 in. D 20 in.
Dealer Location: Port Hope, CA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Leather, Wood
Rare Pair of Dorothy Draper Original Leather Scrol...
Dorothy Draper, Thornton-Smith Company
Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Side Chairs
Brass, Leather, Wood
This rare unrestored and all original pair of Hollywood Regency scroll back Klismos chairs were designed by Dorothy Draper. They retain their original, albeit somewhat faded, dusky rose...
Beautiful España Side Table by Dorothy Draper for Henredon
Beautiful España Side Table by Dorothy Draper for Henredon
Offered by Cain Modern
Dimensions: H 16 in. W 18 in. D 24 in.
Dealer Location: West Hollywood, CA
Materials & Techniques: Wood
Beautiful España Side Table by Dorothy Draper for...
Dorothy Draper, Henredon
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Wood
Elegant Hollywood Regency side table/stool by the incomparable Dorothy Draper. This piece would go wonderfully in almost any decor. This piece was produced by Henredon. It can be use as...
Dorothy Draper Ottoman
Dorothy Draper Ottoman
Offered by Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques
Dorothy Draper Ottoman
Offered by Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques
Dimensions: H 20 in. W 25 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Stamford, CT
Dorothy Draper Ottoman
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Ottomans and Poufs
Dorothy Draper original from the Greenbrier Hotel. Used at the foot of the bed in the guest rooms.
Dorothy Draper Chest
Dorothy Draper Chest
Offered by Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques
Dorothy Draper Chest
Offered by Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques
Dimensions: H 31.75 in. W 38.25 in. D 18 in.
Dealer Location: Stamford, CT
Dorothy Draper Chest
Dorothy Draper, Henredon
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Original green painted finish three drawer chest. The Dorothy Draper Espana Collection for Heritage.
Dorothy Draper " Espana" Chest
Dorothy Draper " Espana" Chest
Offered by Palm Beach Antique and Design Center
Dorothy Draper " Espana" Chest
Offered by Palm Beach Antique and Design Center
Dimensions: H 30 in. W 30 in. D 17 in.
Dealer Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Dorothy Draper " Espana" Chest
Dorothy Draper
20th Century American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Dorothy Draper "Espana" chest in high gloss black lacquer and gold trim. We have three available--- sold individually.
A Large American 1960's Abstract Expressionist Painting; by Draper
A Large American 1960's Abstract Expressionist Painting; by Draper
Offered by epoca
Dimensions: H 45 in. W 32 in.
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
A Large American 1960's Abstract Expressionist Pai...
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1960s American Paintings
A large American 1960's abstract expressionist painting; signed 'Draper '63'; oil on canvas; the forcefully rendered painting with strong knife strokes applied quickly to the canvas usi...
Theatrical Scallop Frame Silver Leaf Mirror by Dorothy Draper
Theatrical Scallop Frame Silver Leaf Mirror by Dorothy Draper
Offered by Dual
Dimensions: W 3 ft. 9 in. L 3 ft. 5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Silver Leaf
Theatrical Scallop Frame Silver Leaf Mirror by Dor...
Dorothy Draper
American Wall Mirrors
Silver Leaf
A large carved wood frame mirror with silver leaf and antiqued mirror by Dorothy Draper. American, circa 1940.
Set of Four Dorothy Draper Side Chairs
Set of Four Dorothy Draper Side Chairs
Offered by Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques
Dimensions: H 38 in. W 20.5 in. D 20 in.
Dealer Location: Stamford, CT
Set of Four Dorothy Draper Side Chairs
Dorothy Draper
Vintage 1940s American Chairs
Set of four Dorothy Draper designed Queen Anne style side chairs. Provenance: Greenbrier Hotel
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