To describe this pair of Dorothy Draper Viennese collection bow front chests, we struggled to find a word for “really, really, really rare.” Dorothy Draper collectors will immediately understand and embrace their significance; there is simply no inventory globally for these particular chests. And if you’re unfamiliar with the history and scarcity – and simply admire these chests for their beauty – you’ve stumbled upon diamonds.
Dorothy Draper’s been heralded “America’s most fabulous decorator” and is credited with inventing Hollywood Regency style. Her famed taste later expanded to furniture design and she produced collections for Ficks Reed, Heritage, and Henredon. The España (circa 1955) and Viennese (circa 1963) collections became infamous and are highly sought after even today. And within the celebrated Viennese collection, these chests are the hardest to find. For years, we simply could not find them, until now.
The chests feature an ivory finish with gilt details. The brass pulls are embellished with Acanthus leaf motif back plates. The profile is whimsical featuring a curved bow-like front profile. The legs follow with more curves that come together and continue from front to back with gold details. The size of the chests lends them for use as bedside chests/night stands. The appearance is joyous, beautiful and timeless – designers the like of Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler were hugely influenced by Dorothy Draper. The chests are authentic and bear the Dorothy Draper label.