Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dorothy Draper for Henredon's Viennese Collection, Breakfront Cabinet

Dorothy Draper was born in 1889 in Tuxedo Park, NY into a wealthy and privileged family.  In 1923 she established the first interior design company in the United States.  During her long and very successful career she designed fabric lines for Schumacher, furniture for Ficks Reed and Henredon, interiors for hotels (including The Drake in Chicago and The Carlyle in NYC) restaurants, department stores, corporate offices, jets and automobiles.  Dorothy Draper and Company is still in business today and their website is worth a look.  It includes a history of Ms. Draper and the company as well as some historical images of her work.  http://www.dorothydraper.com/  
Draper is credited with inventing a style known as "Modern Baroque" and elements of that style are apparent in this exceptional piece she designed for Henredon's Viennese Collection.  The two-piece cabinet has a bombe base with three drawers.  Each drawer has a pair of patinated brass acanthus drawer pulls and a decorative escutcheon.  The lit display cabinet has glass doors and sides and two shelves with scalloped edges.  The interior is painted in a green which is virtually spot on Pantone's 2017 color of the year, Greenery.
The identical cabinet is available right now in Chicago, but shopping in Hamilton has its advantages.  In this case, saving over $11,000.00.  https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/storage-case-pieces/vitrines/dorothy-draper-viennese-collection-display-cabinet/id-f_802380/    
86" h., 67" w., 14.5" d.  American, c. 1963  $3,900.00  SALE  $1950.00