Since the 1960s, the pine chest of drawers has been regarded as something quite bohemian. These stripped and waxed antique chests, often painted white during the sixties and then dipped later, were mass produced during the 19th century. These pieces were not part of the elegance above stairs, but often became the utilitarian furniture used by servants and were referred to as country cottage or farmhouse furniture.
Its humble beginnings were often as a carcass for much more exotic hard wood veneers and extravagant pieces of furniture. However, it started to come into its own later in the 18th century and developed into particular types of bachelor chests, tallboys, and military chests. However it always maintained a fairly plain appearance with rounded handles and bun feet. Also their construction was much cruder than their exotic hardwood counterparts. Sometimes thick varnishes were applied to create the impression of mahogany and oak and grained to enhance the effect.
Many of these chests of drawers have survived. They have had their applied paint and varnishes removed by well known brands of paint stripper or have been sent to specialists to be dipped in acid baths. It is the honey coloured patina of these basic pine antique chests where the colour is brought out by regular waxing that has become very fashionable and sought after at auction. They also remain very good value for money as they retain their antique value.
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