Pair of Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Chests, circa 1963 For Sale
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Pair of Dorothy Draper Viennese Collection Chests, circa 1963

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To describe this pair of Dorothy Draper Viennese collection bow front chests, we struggled to find a word for "really, really, really rare." Dorothy Draper collectors will immediately understand and embrace their significance; there is simply no inventory globally for these particular chests. And if you're unfamiliar with the history and scarcity - and simply admire these chests for their beauty - you've stumbled upon diamonds. Dorothy Draper's been heralded "America's most fabulous decorator" and is credited with inventing Hollywood Regency style. Her famed taste later expanded to furniture design and she produced collections for Ficks Reed, Heritage and Henredon. The España (circa 1955) and Viennese (circa 1963) collections became infamous and are highly sought after even today. And within the celebrated Viennese collection, these chests are the hardest to find. For years, we simply could not find them, until now. The chests feature an ivory finish with gilt details. The brass pulls are embellished with Acanthus leaf motif back plates. The profile is whimsical featuring a curved bow-like front profile. The legs follow with more curves that come together and continue from front to back with gold details. The size of the chests lends them for use as bedside chests / night stands. The appearance is joyous, beautiful and timeless - designers the like of Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler were hugely influenced by Dorothy Draper. The chests are authentic and bear the Dorothy Draper label.  

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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 28.5 in. x W 39 in. x D 19.25 in.H 72.39 cm x W 99.06 cm x D 48.9 cm
  • Seller Location
    Saint Louis, MO
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU4235113993962
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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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