Authentic Dorothy Draper Espana Chest in Coral Lacquer For Sale
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Authentic Dorothy Draper Espana Chest in Coral Lacquer

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Authentic Dorothy Draper España chest, Shown in Coral Lacquer. The crème de la crème - the most iconic of Hollywood Regency glam - is Dorothy Draper's España bunching chest. Dorothy Draper (1889-1969), America's most famous decorator, produced her most sought after and iconic pieces - the España bunching chest and the España cabinet - after touring Spain for inspiration at the invitation of the Spanish government whom wished to spark interest in Spain's culture through furnishings emblematic of its rich history and traditions. The España chest is the most readily recognized and certainly the most well-known piece representative of midcentury Hollywood Regency style. Most recently, a pair was featured in the “Sex in the City” film in the Vogue Editor’s - played by Candice Bergman - office and in FX's Feud, a pair was used in the glamorous interpretation of Joan Crawford's Hollywood bedroom. We also noted that Jarrod Blandino, the founder of Too Faced Cosmetics, has a pair in his executive office. The design is timeless and has multiple uses. You can rest assured in the authenticity of these España Chests - they are branded with the "Henredon Heritage" stamp. The "Henredon Heritage" stamp also means these particular chests were some of the first made in production circa 1955. Later chests carry a single "Heritage" stamp. The chests also include original top drawer trays - another rarety as original trays are often lost or separated. The chest shown was beautifully restored in coral lacquer. The incised design and gold accents give the illusion of multiple smaller drawers each with its own pull (the chest has three drawers). The original brass pulls have been brought back to their original high shine and meticulously polished. Our photos reveal the shine of the pulls is reflected by the shine of the coral lacquer. You simply will not find a higher quality, refinished and authentic España chest elsewhere. Please note our shop has other España chests in stock so if you're in need of a pair or more, please contact us to confirm availability. This chest sold but we have additional authentic Dorothy Draper chests available to be refinished in coral lacquer or a custom color of your choosing. In terms of placement, authentic España chests have finished backs so they may be used as room dividers but are most often placed in entries, as nightstands or stand alone decorative pieces in any room or office.   

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  • Condition Details
    Chest available will be refinished to high quality standards. It can be refinished in Coral as shown or custom finished in a color of your choice. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for refinishing.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 31.5 in. x W 38 in. x D 20 in.H 80.01 cm x W 96.52 cm x D 50.8 cm
  • Seller Location
    Saint Louis, MO
  • Reference Number
    LU4235114096201
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About Dorothy Draper (Designer)

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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