The enduring popularity of antiques often comes down to happy coincidences where one complements the other. The large stripped pine dresser festooned with examples of transfer printed blue and white pottery still remains the favourite focal point in any farmhouse kitchen or breakfast room. The participants of this marriage also remain constant geographically and stylistically, whether it is an antique cupboard from Lancashire or an antique dresser from South Wales; or differing designs of blue and white from Doulton, Spode, Masons, or Wedgewood. The aesthetic effect of the blue and white combined with the honey colour of the stripped pine remains a very popular design choice.
The stripping of the pine however is still a fairly recent phenomena but the light honey colour that emerges from applying wax creates a very attractive effect. The simplicity of the blue and white also provides an uninterrupted route for the viewer to be able to appreciate the design of the plate. These plates are often chosen because they represent local scenes or buildings and many older examples will have been potted locally as well. This localness also applies to the creator and designer of the dresser where many fine examples come from the workshops of local craftsmen, the most famous example being the Welsh dresser.
So the combination of blue and white and the stripped pine dresser remain as the embodiment of simple and meaningful farmhouse furniture.
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