Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dorothy Draper for Henredon; Bombe Cabinet

Designed by Dorothy Draper as part of the Viennese Collection for Henredon, an original ad called out this "exceedingly impressive bombe cabinet" as the "pride of the collection."
In 1923 Dorothy Draper 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 Henredon and Ficks Reed, 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 under the leadership of legendary designer Carleton Varney.  Their website is well worth a look.  It includes a history of Ms. Draper and the company, as well as some historical images of her work.
Dorothy Draper is credited with inventing a style known as "Modern Baroque", and elements of that style are apparent in this exuberant piece she designed for Henredon.  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.  "Unusual and dramatic, it will adapt to most any decor...a handsome addition to your dining room, or be a focus of interest in your living room or foyer."  86" h., 67" w., 14.5" d.  American, c.1963 $2,750.00
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.