Breathtaking pair of campaign style burl wood and brass accented Drexel Heritage Chinoiserie nightstands. Offered by Drexel from their “Avenues” line of interior furnishings. This seldom seen line is the first for us at Furnish Me Vintage and hopefully not the last. Hollywood Regency and Asian Modern meld together beautifully in these stunning and distinct bedside tables. The decorative solid brass knocker style pulls take a surprising backseat to the exotic grain and flare of the burled maple. This honey colored burl with it’s organic intricacies are as stylish and artistic as the Chinoiserie inspired design. All beautifully patinated in a warm lacquer often seen on Drexel Heritage pieces. Form combines perfectly with function as demonstrated by the black laminated pull-out shelf on each end table.
These Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie nightstands were purchased in excellent condition but that didn’t stop us from improving their overall appearance to outstanding. The Furnish Me Vintage restoration team gave the tops a new clear coat of lacquer and detailed them top to bottom, inside and out. Touched up and elevated while preserving their vintage charm. It’s a delicate process that we continue to improve and innovate on each piece that comes into our fold.
World War II was hard on most furniture manufacturers, but Drexel Furniture was fortunate to land a government contract to supply office furniture for state side army offices. At the conclusion of the war, Drexel employees hand crafted a walnut desk inlaid with stars and his name in marble for General Douglas MacArthur to show their appreciation of his war effort on the Japanese front. A letter of thanks from the famous general is carefully stored in today’s Drexel Heritage archives.
After the war, Drexel brought David Brunn from New York to serve as their new vice-president. Brunn initiated the “key store” program, which was a successful predecessor to Drexel Heritage’s Gallery Program. Over the objections of most of his senior colleagues, Mr. Brunn brought on Betty Bailey, their first female executive. Ms. Bailey very successfully implemented a program of building close relationships with magazine editors, including House Beautiful. Mr. Brunn oversaw the merger of Drexel furniture and Heritage Furniture, a merger that proved to be exceptionally valuable for both companies. That merger solidified and made Drexel Heritage the epicenter of the fine furniture industry.