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Pennsylvania Dutch Furniture
Chests of the simple board construction were a great favorite for they could be decorated with the jolly, colorful paintings which were so much a part of the people called Pennsylvania Dutch. Other pieces of furniture, as well as the houses and barns, were gayly painted with symbolic patterns.
Fat little hearts, peacocks and other colorful birds, unicorns, stars within circles, and-most of all-tulips, appear in gay profusion amid riots of color.
Much furniture was initialed and some dated. Dower chests especially were elaborately painted with the name of the bride and the date being prominent. These are much sought-after examples, for all too often the decorations have been painted over by some later owner, or worn off.
The paintings are primitive in character yet carefully executed; the colors gay and bright. So popular were their designs that even today we are copying them.