Pair of Dorothy Draper Espana Cabinets for Heritage Henredon, circa 1955 For Sale
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Pair of Dorothy Draper Espana Cabinets for Heritage Henredon, circa 1955

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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 produced her most sought after and iconic pieces: the España bunching chest and the España cabinet. The design is timeless. The cabinets can be refinished in any number of color variations, all of which highlight the magnificent etched swirl detail on the doors. The top of the cabinets are slate and incorporate a natural texture and beauty to the overall design. Price includes custom refinishing (please allow 4 to 6 weeks for refinishing time). These cabinets will most certainly add a layer of color and style into any space. Often placed as nightstands, end tables or entry pieces, the slate top is not only beautiful but durable and can stand placement of keys, other decorative objects, beverages, lamps, etc. without damage. Unique to this particular set, our cabinets also feature keys and whimsical tassels - as per the original design. Whether an experienced collector or designer - or simply an aficionado of beautiful furnishings - these cabinets will most certainly be noticed. Visit our shop and see our large collection of available Dorothy Draper rare pieces.

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  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 26 in. x W 27.5 in. x D 15 in.H 66.04 cm x W 69.85 cm x D 38.1 cm
  • Seller Location
    Saint Louis, MO
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU4235113954892
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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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