Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture
Vintage Dorothy Draper Furniture is original furniture produced by the American designer Dorothy Draper.
History & Description
Dorothy Draper was a furniture designer and was one of the leading interior decorators in America in the first half of the twentieth century.
Dorothy Draper’s style of decoration was characterised by bright and exuberant colours and large-scale prints that would take up whole walls. Her furniture followed in the same vein, which was heavily influenced by Baroque and French Rococo themes and embellishments.
Draper has often been accredited with inventing Modern Baroque, a style of decoration in which classical motifs were applied to modern architecture and large public spaces.
In 1929, Draper established what would be the first interior design company in the United States.
Guide for collectors
Perhaps the most prized items of Dorothy Draper furniture are those that were specifically designed for one of her large scale interior projects, such as New York’s Hotel Carlyle, Washington’s Mayflower Hotel or The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs.
As a general rule, chairs and stools tend to be the most expensive pieces of Draper furniture and prices tend to range between $3,500 and $5,000. Tables, drawers, chests and mirrors typically sell from $1,000 to $1,500.
Notable auction sales
On November 13th 2011 at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California, a pair of armchairs, designed by Dorothy Draper for the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, circa 1940, realised a price of $4,750.
On April 25th 2010 at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey, a pair of fruitwood and fur stools, designed by Dorothy Draper, realised a price of $4,500.
On May 15th 2011 at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California, a pair of armchairs, designed by Dorothy Draper for the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, circa 1940, realised a price of $4,000.
On April 12th 2008 at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey, a pair of neo-Empire stools, designed by Dorothy Draper, realised a price of $3,750.
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