The Davenport Order & Other Furniture
During the construction of the new Palace, 225 pieces of furniture were ordered from A.H. Davenport Co. of Boston. The four bedrooms on the second floor were each decorated with similar pieces of furniture varying in type of woods and upholstery fabrics.
The King’s Bedroom was decorated in light blue and furnished with ebony and gilt furniture, while the Queen’s Bedroom was red with furniture made with mahogany and gilt. The central bedroom was furnished with walnut and lemon yellow drapery and upholstery fabric and the front bedroom was draped with olive green fabrics and cherry wood.
There are still a number of original items missing from these bedrooms and the following items are on the "most wanted" list:
- Kalākaua's bedroom suite, which was gilded and made of ebonized wood
- Bedroom side chairs (9 missing)
- Bedroom square and round chairs (2 missing)
- Dressers (2 missing)
- Wardrobes (3 missing)
If you think you may have original Palace furniture or articles from the Palace collections, or have information about their whereabouts, please contact the Curator.
Historic photos are from the Hawaiʻi State Archives.
Cylinder fall desk in Queen Kapiʻolani's bedroom
Ebony and gilt side chair from King Kalākaua's bedroom
Side chair from one of the Palace bedrooms
Oak side chair from the Grand Hall
Square upholstered armchair from one of the Palace bedrooms
Curio cabinet surmounted by crown
Round upholstered chair from one of the Palace bedrooms
Window seat from one of the corner tower rooms
Detail of leg of window seat
King Kalākaua's monogram with crown on furniture
Mahogany and gilt bedstead with half tester
Dresser from one of the Palace bedrooms
Gilt mirror originally located in Music Room
Revolving book or music stand
Gothic Revival Hutch, seen in the Upper Hall - last known location the Haleʻiwa Hotel, demolished in 1952