Folk Art Pennsylvania Dutch Wooden Wall Plate

Pennsylvania Dutch
Item number: PYH 5367

This large, round wooden plate was hand painted in dark green with a central decoration depicting a woven basket of tulips, a favorite Pennsylvania Dutch motif. It's surrounded by brush stroke designs in vibrant, but not garish, red, blue and mellow yellow. Additional painted designs decorate the wide flat lip. The rim has a raised edge narrowly striped with red and yellow.

The Pennsylvania Dutch were actually immigrants from Germany who brought with them the tradition of brushstroke painting, called Bauernmalerei (which translated means "peasant painting"). It's not surprising, then, that the hand-lettered word on the plain back of the wall plate is "HANDEGEMALT" which is German for "Hand painted."

The plate measures 12 inches in diameter and 3/4 of an inch high. It weighs about 11 ounces and is in excellent condition, with no damage or visible wear. Ready to hang by the disc plate hanger attached to the upper back, it makes a handsome folk art display on the wall, a shelf or a table.


PYH 5367

Make a stunning statement at your next event with this beautiful Red Painted Antique Handmade Wood Bucket! With its exquisite details, from the swing handle to the red painted finish, your guests will be in awe of this gorgeous piece. Add a unique touch to any occasion!

A nice sturdy wooden bucket in excellent condition, this antique firkin was painted Colonial red, a nice warm brick color. The outside of the bucket, the 1 inch wide wooden swing handle and the three wooden hoops are all painted, while the inside and the bottom were left unpainted. There is no indication of any previous paint color other than the red anywhere on the bucket or handle, although there is a bit of gray paint around the tacks on the bottom two hoops. Those fasteners, interestingly enough, are daisy upholstery tacks; they hold the steam bent wooden hoops onto the tongue-and-groove staves and fasten the tapered fingers to the hoops, much like a Shaker box is made.

The bucket measures 9 1/4 inches tall to the top of the bucket; with the handle up, 13 1/4 inches. The inside measurement of the open top is approximately 7 1/4 inches; it's about 1/8 inch out of round. The shape flares out to a bottom that's 9 1/4 inches across. It weighs 2 pounds 10 ounces.

The staves on this firkin are solidly in place and there are no cracks, missing pieces or other damage. The quality of its construction is first-rate. The old red paint is alligatored in places but intact on all surfaces. It's one of the nicer antique wooden buckets we've had over the years and displays beautifully.

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PYH 5532