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Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency Baroque Bouquet Sofa, Carleton Varney, Downfill

$21,120
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Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency Baroque Bouquet sofa, Carleton Varney, Downfill. Iconic Hollywood Regency piece. Features the Baroque Bouquet floral pattern in yellow citron. Rolled arm, skirted, down-filled sofa. Scalamandre trim. Striking, luxurious piece that is as comfortable as it is gorgeous. Cloud-like experience. Literature: Carleton Varney, “Decorating on the Waterfront.” Shannongrove Press, 2017. Dorothy Draper was a Pioneer in interior design, dominating the field, not only in New York but nationally, from 1925 to 1960 when she was named the most influential tastemaker in America. None of the earliest female interior decorators and one of the first to professionalise interior design as a fully fledged career, Dorothy Draper (1889-1969) gained iconic status for her audacious style and groundbreaking colour combinations that deviated from the typically dark palettes of her time (think coral red, aubergine, chartreuse, turquoise blue). The American visionary was commissioned to design high-profile public spaces, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs. She is often associated with the “Modern Baroque” Hollywood Regency era and style but her modern twist on classical aesthetic and intelligent, courageous use of color is as fresh today as it was in the early to mid-20th century. Draper’s assistant, Carlton Varney took over the reigns of her company after her death in 1969 and has become one of the most well known interior designers in the world. Carleton Varney continues the tradition of Dorothy Draper by being associated with the adventurous use of vibrant colors, floral patterns, and bold contrasts.

Details

  • Creator
    Dorothy Draper (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 85 in. (215.9 cm)Depth: 40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Style
    Hollywood Regency (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1990s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Good vintage condition. Minor age appropriate wear possible. No visible condition issues apparent at time of listing. A stunning, one-of-a-kind piece. Matching armchairs available in separate listing.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4190322820972

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About the Designer

Dorothy Draper

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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