Immigrants to America
during Colonial times brought with them little but their traditions
from their homelands. A tradition of decorative art was common
among many of these European settlers. Once the difficulties of
a harsh, new land were mastered, many set about to recreate familiar
designs and motifs on objects of daily life.
From these immigrants'
memories, faded by time, altered by local influences and simplified
to save their precious time and money, come the earliest American
One of the most
widely known styles comes from the people we know today as the
Pennsylvania Dutch or "Deutsch". Although many early
Pennsylvania settlers immigrated from Scandinavia, the Netherlands
and other parts of Europe, the majority originated from Germany.
They settled in what is now Berks, Lehigh, Lebanon, Dauphin, Lancaster,
and York counties.
Early New England
furnishings typically included blanket chests and later, chests-of-drawers,
often embellished with painted or chip-carved designs. Geometric
patterns were common; "vinegar" painting often reproduced
the look of wood grain, either realistic or fanciful.
Designs on our pieces are derived from those on Pennsylvania German
and New England painted furniture, redware pottery and "fraktur"
documents of the 1700's and 1800's. They are accurate interpretations
of these unique styles of decorative art."