1stdibs

Americana and Folk Art

Americana and Folk Art

America (ca. 18th c. - 20th c.)

Though the pieces are timeless, folk art emerged as a collecting genre only in the 1920s. Then as now, collectors focused on American artifacts. The earliest were prompted in part by the awareness of a nation changed: in that decade, for the first time the majority of U.S. citizens lived in cities, rather than on farms and in small towns. At the same time, the ascendance of Modernism in art and design was countered by promoters of the Colonial Revival style. That movement drew from attics and barns old hand-carved furniture, stilted 19th-century family portraits, weathervanes and butter churns.

     The best folk art items were purchased by an odd mix that included bohemians and intellectuals, along with J.P. Morgan and members of the Chrysler and Rockefeller families (who began funding, for instance, the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia in the 1920s). If nostalgia played a role, the primary motivation for folk art collectors was — as it is today — a recognition of the artistic merit and cultural significance of pure, honest expressions of the human impulse toward beauty.

     Simplicity is its hallmark, yet folk art defies a simple definition — and covers a vast amount of ground. Folk art has been called "the art of the everyday": objects created by people, with no formal training in the arts, for use in their daily lives. These include everything from tools and toys to quilts, baskets, jugs, dowry chests and duck decoys. Folk art is generally made by hand; works might be carved, sewn, chiseled, knitted, hammered, woven or embroidered and more. Such techniques were passed down through the generations — one reason folk-art collecting has been described as "a kind of archaeology." Folk art reveals the inherent values and traditions of a community, through time-honored crafts, decorative motifs and pictorial subject matter.

     All folk art intrinsically reflects a sense of pride. "Americana" is folk art that does so overtly: through work that honors civic ideals and celebrates national and local achievements. Americana includes flags, bunting, carved bald eagles, and needlework with allegorical figures representing Liberty and Democracy; or helmets and buckets used by a volunteer fire brigade; or the trappings of fraternal organizations such as the Oddfellows. Collectors of Americana typically also collect American antique furniture that, while made in the workshops of a master cabinetmaker or joiner, reflects regional stylistic traits, tastes and quirks.

     Almost all folk art is anonymous — and the prominent exception being signed work by early 19th-century itinerant portrait artists like the New Englander Ammi Phillips, whose 1835 portrait of a young girl and her pets was the first piece of folk art to sell for $1 million at auction. Until relatively recently, work by Phillips and his ilk was the prime focus of folk art collectors: the folk art of the Northeast defined the category. But recently, more attention and more scholarship have been devoted to the folk art of other regions: to the South, and the artwork of enslaved African Americans and their descendants; and to the Southwestern and early Latino folk art. Born in a time of change, folk art collecting is changing along with the nation.

Refine
Sort By
Running Horse Weathervane
Fairfield County Antique and Design Center
X
Running Horse Weathervane
Antique 1880s American Weathervanes
Copper, Zinc
Horse weathervane with original old patina. Made of copper with zinc ears. All parts original. Manufactured by Harris Co.
View More Details >
X
Inspired Patriotic Themed Tramp Art Mirror
Vintage 1930s American Mirrors
A fine inspired tramp art mirror with a patriotic theme with American flags draped on each side. The frame is attributed to Pietro Talleri, circa 1930 - 1940.
View More Details >
X
Pair Of Robin's Egg Blue-painted Benches
Antique 19th Century American Painted Furniture
PAIR OF ROBIN’S EGG BLUE-PAINTED BENCHES FROM A PORTICO ON AN 1890’S HOME IN CAANAN, NEW YORK: Rare pair of matching high-back settle benches, made circa 1890, found on the front porch...
View More Details >
X
Continuous Brace-Back Windsor Arm Chair
Antique 18th Century Armchairs
New York, ca. 1785-1795. Having a hoop-back supported by spindles and a brace back with a shaped saddle seat supported by bulbous turned legs.
View More Details >
Rare & Unusual Early 1900's Floating Flags Quilt
East Meets West Antiques
X
Rare & Unusual Early 1900's Floating Flags Quilt
Unknown
Early 20th Century American Quilts
Cotton
This most unusual patriotic floating flags quilt has amazing quilting and piece work .All stars are hand stitched and appliqued.The stripes in the flags are all hand pieced. The conditi...
View More Details >
X
Fine Miniature, American Classical Mahogany Chest ...
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Commodes and Chests of Dra...
This is a very fine American Classical (Late Federal) Mahogany Chest of Drawers, a Salesman's Sample of Miniature dimensions. It is crafted of solid mahogany (top, sides, drawer fronts,...
View More Details >
X
Sublime Upright 19th Century Wingback Chair
Unknown
Antique 1860s American American Colonial Wingback Chairs
Fabric, Upholstery
A beautiful form with great style. (The upholstery is worn in places and would require new upholstery). A 19th century frame and beautiful Silhouette from all sides.
View More Details >
X
Fine Federal Convex Mirror with Girandola Candles ...
Antique Early 1800s American Federal Convex Mirrors
Wood
Fine Federal Convex Mirror with Girandola Candles Arms, American
View More Details >
X
Benjamin Greenleaf Painting, American, Lived and A...
Antique Early 19th Century American Paintings
Portrait of Mrs. Nancy Wyman-Houghton. Unsigned, circa 1810-1815. Reverse painting on glass. Measures: 19 1/2" x 14 1/2" framed Condition: Some lifting of paint on glass, some paint los...
View More Details >
Elaborate Silk Banner with Gilded Text of George Washington
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques
X
Elaborate Silk Banner with Gilded Text of George W...
Early 20th Century American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
ELABORATE SILK BANNER WITH GILDED TEXT, SPECTACULAR BULLION TRIM, AND A BEAUTIFULLY PAINTED RENDITION OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FAMOUS "PRAYER AT VALLEY FORGE", MADE FOR THE PATRIOTIC ORDE...
View More Details >
X
American Folk Art Pine Tree and Shaker Style House...
Massachusetts Iron Works
Early 20th Century American Folk Art Andirons
MASSACHUSETTS IRON WORKS Saugus area Pine Tree and Shaker Style House andirons circa 1920s Cast and hand finished iron with a natural black/brown patina. This pair of extraordinary ...
View More Details >
Spectacular Maryland Desk and Bookcase
Arader Galleries
X
Spectacular Maryland Desk and Bookcase
Antique 18th Century American Bookcases
Cherry, Poplar
This desk and bookcase is one of the most ambitious Western Maryland examples to survive from the Federal Period. It hails from Hagerstown, in the northern Shenandoah Valley, and repre...
View More Details >
X
Mahogany Sheraton or Federal Upholstered Open Armc...
Antique 19th Century American Sheraton Armchairs
Mahogany
This is a Provincial example of the lolling chair form and is delicately executed throughout. Note the baluster shaped front legs and the stylized arm supports which lend a feeling of g...
View More Details >
Garden Maze Quilt with Wild Goose Chase Border
Stella Rubin
X
Garden Maze Quilt with Wild Goose Chase Border
Antique 1850s American Quilts
Cotton
This early garden maze quilt is done with the richest of colors. The deep indigo is beautifully offset by the wonderful and unusual rose printed fabric. It is nicely quilted with circle...
View More Details >
X
19th Century Original Dark Green Painted Pantry Bo...
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Primitives
Wood
These grungy green 19th century original painted pantry boxes were found in New England and are being sold as a stack. The condition are good and sturdy, however the largest of the stac...
View More Details >
X
American Mahogany and Églomisé Banjo Clock, E. ...
Antique 1860s American American Empire Clocks
American mahogany and églomisé banjo clock with original signed and numeral paper dial under glass, decorative painted and gilt throat panel, with a hinged painted and gilt door conce...
View More Details >
New Hampshire Settee
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques
X
New Hampshire Settee
Antique 19th Century American Settees
NEW HAMPSHIRE SETTEE, FOUND IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN THE TOWN OF DOVER, CA 1800: This marvelous, country windsor settee was recently found in the basement of the public library in Dove...
View More Details >
X
Rare Carved Mahogany Upholstered Classical Armchai...
Antique Early 19th Century American American Classical Armchairs
This is an interesting chair. The wood is heavy, dark, dense mahogany and is very heavy. The arms and their supports are beautifully crafted, as are the legs. Of particular interest is ...
View More Details >
X
Exceedingly Fine American Federal Antique Side Cha...
American Federal Side Chairs
Mahogany
RARE AND EXCEEDINGLY FINE AMERICAN FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR New York c. 1790-1800 with original surface Exhibiting the finest lines and perfect sense of proportion to be foun...
View More Details >
Portrait Attributed to Mary E. Yorke
Jeffrey Tillou Antiques
X
Portrait Attributed to Mary E. Yorke
Antique Late 19th Century American Paintings
Portrait of the Sloop Yacht "Defyer" Sailing in New York Bay. Unsigned, New York, late 19th century. Oil on canvas, original carved gilt and gesso shadow-box frame. Dimensions: 20 1/2" ...
View More Details >
X
Rare American Federal Carved Side Chair, New York,...
American Federal Side Chairs
Mahogany
RARE AND EXCEEDINGLY FINE AMERICAN FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR New York c. 1790-1800 with original surface Exhibiting the finest lines and perfect sense of proportion to be foun...
View More Details >
X
Exceptional Carved and Painted Neoclassical Countr...
Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Settees
Fine neoclassical country settee with carved and painted decoration throughout, and turned legs. A rare form. Probably made in Vermont, circa 1830; original finish and paint, updated up...
View More Details >
X
Set of Four Sterling Candlesticks by Black, Starr,...
Black, Starr & Frost
Antique 19th Century American Beaux Arts Candle Holders
Sterling Silver
Made by the prestigious American silversmiths Black, Starr, & Frost — founded in New York in the early nineteenth century — these four beaux-arts candlesticks are made from hand-chased ...
View More Details >
X
Pair of American Windsor Yellow Painted Side Chair...
Antique 1820s American Side Chairs
PAIR OF AMERICAN WINDSOR YELLOW PAINTED SIDE CHAIRS "Rounded Tablet Top" Banister Back Form Massachusetts, probably Worcester County c. 1826 Item # 130010DXN26 This is a somewhat rare ...
View More Details >
X
Classical Mahogany Settee, Brass Inlay, Dolphin Fe...
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Settees
Mahogany, Brass
This settee is an absolute knockout. It is a tour de force of the Classical motifs of the day, hand-carved and fully embellished. Starting from the top, note the beautiful carved scroll...
View More Details >
Large 19th Century Hourglass
Andrew Spindler Antiques
X
Large 19th Century Hourglass
Antique 1870s American Clocks
Blown Glass, Wood
A large 19th century hour glass, or sand glass, with brown painted ring-turned end plates connected by three baluster- turned columns, encasing a large colorless glass bulb with white s...
View More Details >
X
42 Star Flag Arranged in a Rare Variation of a Not...
Antique 19th Century Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
42 STARS ARRANGED IN A RARE VARIATION OF A NOTCHED DESIGN, WITH SPACES FOR 3 MORE STARS ON BOTH THE HOIST AND FLY ENDS, AN UNOFFICIAL STAR COUNT, WASHINGTON STATEHOOD, 1889-1890, SIGNED...
View More Details >
Hepplewhite Shield Back Mahogany Armchair
Jeffrey Tillou Antiques
X
Hepplewhite Shield Back Mahogany Armchair
Antique 18th Century American Armchairs
circa 1790-1795. A fine Hepplewhite shield back mahogany armchair having carved stiles and rolled arms on tapered legs with spade feet.
View More Details >
X
American Carnival Wagon or Band Organ Carved Femal...
Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art
Wood
Late 19th century American carnival wagon or band organ female head carving. Very detailed wood carving with great old white painted surface. Presented on a custom marble museum sta...
View More Details >
Black Steinway and Sons "Model A" Grand Piano
Eerdmans Fine Art
X
Black Steinway and Sons "Model A" Grand Piano
Steinway & Sons
Antique 1890s American Musical Instruments
Steinway's Model A is also called the "Parlor Grand" as it offers concert hall tone and sound in a piano scaled for a private music room. Our piano is a very fine example. It dates ...
View More Details >
X
Cherry Federal Tilt-Top Table with Shaped Top, New...
Antique 19th Century American Dessert Tables and Tilt-top Tables
Cherry
This table has beautiful lines with feet that seem to go on forever. The shaft is a slender baluster form and the top, in general oval form. This is a very delicate table with cherry th...
View More Details >
X
"Portrait of a Sea Captain" with Folk Art Appeal a...
Antique 1840s American Folk Art Paintings
Very reminiscent of a prior.
View More Details >
X
Pair of Restoration Rosewood Grecian Recamier Couc...
Duncan Phyfe
Antique 1830s American Federal Chaises Longues
Rosewood
Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854) or D. Phyfe & Sons (active 1837-1840) New York, 1835-1840 Each with undulating veneered crest rail terminating in two scrolls with concentric cir...
View More Details >
X
c. 1910 Lifesize Lake Winnipesauke Firehouse Dalma...
Early 20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures
Paper mache Dalmatian with lifelike glass eyes, modeled after a Lake Winnipesaukee, NH firehouse mascot.
View More Details >
X
Pair of 19th Century Sponge Ware Pottery Pitchers
Unknown
Antique Mid-19th Century American Country Ceramics
Pottery
Pair of wonderful design sponge ware pottery pitchers. Both pitchers are a different pattern and different shapes. Both pitchers are in great condition and similar in size. Sold as a gr...
View More Details >
American Copper Full Bodied Horse Weathervane
Golden & Associates Antiques
X
American Copper Full Bodied Horse Weathervane
J.W. Fiske & Company
Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes
American copper full bodied running horse weathervane with Zinc head and mounted on iron bracket. Attributed to J.W. Fiske and Co. (ACTIVE 1870-1893), New York. Dealers please call f...
View More Details >
X
Federal/Hepplewhite Mahogany Mirror, Flowered Urn ...
American Hepplewhite Wall Mirrors
Mahogany
This mirror, retaining its early glass, is in a fine state of preservation and is complete in all its parts. These mirrors are very delicate and often lose their embellishments. The sur...
View More Details >
X
19th Century Woven Jacquard Coverlet Pillows
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American American Colonial Pillows and Throws
Cotton
19th century woven jacquard coverlet pillows in light shades of blues. The backing is in a cotton robin egg blue linen. The inserts are down and feather fill. There are three pairs in s...
View More Details >
X
Fine Carved Lyre Mahogany Window Seat, NY, Earnest...
Antique 19th Century American Neoclassical Benches
Mahogany
As Peter Kenny talks about in his recent book on Duncan Phyfe: without Hagen, we wouldn't know of Phyfe and his work. It seems Hagen bought Phyfe's tools, etc. and continued to make Phy...
View More Details >
X
Pennsylvania Backgammon Board, Signed "Wise"
Antique 19th Century American Game Boards
Found near the town of Milford, in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, is one of the best painted backgammon boards that I’ve ever encountered. Made ca 1870-1880, this is an unusually...
View More Details >
Pair of Knuckle Arm Windsors
Just Folk
X
Pair of Knuckle Arm Windsors
Antique 18th Century American Windsor Chairs
Hickory, Maple, Paint
Knuckle Arm Sack Back Windsors Massachusetts Maple with hickory spindles.Turned legs. Original green under paint with black over paint.
View More Details >
Fine Tramp Art Pedestal Box on Platform
Clifford A. Wallach Tramp Art, Folk Art & Americana
X
Fine Tramp Art Pedestal Box on Platform
Antique Late 19th Century American Boxes
A fine Tramp Art pedestal box on a platform base with splayed legs. Of note is that the artist used several different carving techniques. He used typical chip carving around the central...
View More Details >
X
Am. Classical Gilt Mantel Mirror
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Mantel Mirrors and Firepla...
Gesso, Mirror
An American Classical Mantel Mirror with robustly carved acanthus corners, maintains brilliant and unrestored gilt frame
View More Details >
X
White Horse, Kiowa Chief, Original Cabinet Card
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Other Photography
Condition notes: Original photograph on cabinet card with minor handling creases and paper loss typical of its age. Very thin ½” tear subject’s on shoulder. Historical significance: Wh...
View More Details >
Early Sheraton and Federal Mahogany Tall Post Bed
Stanley Weiss Collection
X
Early Sheraton and Federal Mahogany Tall Post Bed
Antique 18th Century American Sheraton Beds
Mahogany
This is a tall bed and makes an impressive statement, no doubt, for a large-scale Philadelphia house. Slightly taller than most of this type, it has earlier square tapered legs and not ...
View More Details >
Linoleum Floor Cloth, circa 1940
American Garage
X
Linoleum Floor Cloth, circa 1940
Vintage 1940s More Folk Art
Circa 1930 large scale graphic and exceptional linoleum floor cloth painted with a map of the United States and a history of the evolution of transportation bordering the map, produced ...
View More Details >
SET OF 6 Padauk Klismos Dining Chairs
Antiquario Villas and Cottages
X
SET OF 6 Padauk Klismos Dining Chairs
Anthony Gabriel Quervelle
Antique Early 19th Century American American Classical Dining Room Chairs
Padouk
Six gadroon crested padauk klismos sabre-legged dining chairs, with hand-stitched needlepoint slip seats in mint condition. Attributed to Antoine Gabriel Quervelle, French trained Phila...
View More Details >
X
Monumental Chippendale Stop Fluted Serpentine Seat...
Antique 18th Century American Wingback Chairs
Mahogany
Monumental Chippendale Stop-Fluted Mahogany Easy Chair Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1770-1795 The arched crest flanked by ogival wings and cone-shaped outscroll arms, the serpentine se...
View More Details >
Steer Weathervane
Jeffrey Tillou Antiques
X
Steer Weathervane
Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes
Attributed to Cushing & White, Waltham, Massachusetts. Ca. 1875-1890 Full-body copper, copper tubing. Excellent condition, untouched original verdigris surface 23 3/4"h x 30 1/2"w
View More Details >
Beautiful Teal Armoire
Just Folk
X
Beautiful Teal Armoire
Antique 18th Century American Wardrobes and Armoires
Mohawk Valley KS. 18th Century. Exceptional color. Original blue paint. Dove tail construction of front feet, back and cornice relief overhang. All original except for pulls. 2 door u...
View More Details >
X
Restoration Grecian or Recamier Couch, circa 1835
Duncan Phyfe
Antique 1830s American Federal Chaises Longues
Mahogany
New York, circa 1835 The undulating veneered crest rail terminating in a scroll with a characteristic rimmed disk boss above an upholstered back and seat with a scrolled arm at one end...
View More Details >
X
Antique Hooked American Rug
Antique 19th Century American North and South American Rugs
Wool
This spectacular antique American hooked rug features a grand latticework frame with beautifully executed ribbons that are carefully braided together in a stunning under-over pattern. S...
View More Details >
X
Tiger Maple Queen Anne High Chest with Bonnet Top,...
Antique Late 18th Century American Queen Anne Commodes and Chests of Drawer...
Maple
This highboy is of a small-scale with a width of only 35 in. and has a very delicate, fine appearance, with a beautifully formed pediment, which flanks its original urn and finial. Whil...
View More Details >
S.R. Boyce
Jeffrey Tillou Antiques
X
S.R. Boyce
Antique 19th Century American Paintings
American School Horse and Sulky with Rider Signed (l.l.): S.R. Boyce, 1876 This wonderful composition of a Horse and Sulky with Rider on a track with a lake view in the background is pa...
View More Details >
X
Amazing 19thc Set of Four Firehouse Windsor Captai...
Unknown
Antique 19th Century American Chairs
Walnut
This wonderful matching set of four walnut captains chairs are from the state of Maine and in pristine ,sturdy condition . The surface is all original with a mellow worn patina .These c...
View More Details >
X
Pair of 19th Century Pottery Gin and Brandy Kegs w...
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American American Classical Ceramics
Pottery
This fine pair of pottery gin and brandy kegs are in wonderful as found condition. The brass spigots and corks are all original. There are no makers marks on this pair and are most unus...
View More Details >
American Walnut Queen Anne Corner Chair
Daniel Stein Antiques
X
American Walnut Queen Anne Corner Chair
Antique Mid-18th Century American Queen Anne Corner Chairs
Walnut
An American walnut Queen Anne corner chair, the curved backrest surmounted by a molded crestrail above rounded handgrips over vasiform splats divided and flanked by turned supports abov...
View More Details >
A Masterpiece Crazy Quilt
HL CHALFANT:American Fine Art & Antiques
X
A Masterpiece Crazy Quilt
Antique 18th Century American Victorian Textiles and Quilts
Silk, Velvet
A Victorian phenomena, elaborate silk, velvet, and embroidered quilts were made to display in ornate parlors, and survive because many were never used as bedcovers. This elaborate exam...
View More Details >
X
Star-Shaped Tramp Art Frame with Painting by Angie...
Angie Dow
2010s American Paintings
A wonderful detailed 'Sea Glass' Tramp Art star-shaped painted frame with a nautical themed painting by noted contemporary artist Angie Dow.
View More Details >
"Queen Mary" Painting
Robert Young Antiques
X
"Queen Mary" Painting
20th Century English Paintings
Wonderfully expressive naive ship portrait water and body color on paper.
View More Details >
X
"History of The Expedition Under the Command of Ca...
Paul Allen
Antique Early 19th Century American Other Books
History of "The Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark," to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific O...
View More Details >
Painted Tall Case Clock, Eight-Day Moon Dial Works
Stanley Weiss Collection
X
Painted Tall Case Clock, Eight-Day Moon Dial Works...
Antique 19th Century American Chippendale Clocks
This clock is in its original red paint and retains its original finials and unique rosettes, signed "Josiah Smith, Reading." The face is quite beautiful and untouched and the hands bea...
View More Details >
Horse Weathervane
Jeffrey Tillou Antiques
X
Horse Weathervane
Rochester N.Y Iron Works Co.
Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes
Iron
Rochester Iron Works Rochester, New Hampshire, ca. 1870 Cast Iron Excellent condition.
View More Details >
X
19th Century Sponge Ware Pitcher with Bands
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Country Ceramics
This wonderful sponge ware pitcher is in great condition. It has a triple band in the center of the belly of the pitcher. The condition is very good.
View More Details >
X
19th Century Chest on Chest, Two Shells Style of D...
Antique 19th Century American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
19thC CHEST ON CHEST, NEW HAMPSHIRE c. 1820, TWO SHELLS STYLE OF DUNLAP
View More Details >
X
Pair of F. A. Sinclair of Motteville Deacons Bench...
F. A. Sinclair
Antique 19th Century American Aesthetic Movement Benches
Wood, Paint
Custom made for the Grange Hall of Stamford N.Y., this amazing pair of deacons benches are signed by the maker, strong, comfortable and retain the most amazing surface. Circa 1860's-70'...
View More Details >
X
Mahogany Federal Lolling Chair, Boston or North Sh...
Antique Early 1800s American Federal Armchairs
This was a very popular form but few survive because of the somewhat open style of the arms. A good example of how these are used is illustrated in the attached views of rooms in the Wh...
View More Details >
Paint Decorated Blanket Chest
Jeffrey Tillou Antiques
X
Paint Decorated Blanket Chest
Antique Mid-19th Century American Blanket Chests
Wood
American. Schoharie or Albany County, New York, circa 1815-1830. Pine, paint decorated, iron hinges. Condition: Minor imperfections such as abrasions with very minor in-painting. The bl...
View More Details >
X
Large School or Church Bell with Mounting Base, Ne...
Antique 19th Century American Balustrades and Fixtures
Metal
This bell was in a Greek Revival home in a cupola in the Framingham - Sudbury area of Massachusetts, 1830-1850. This bell is complete with supports and original mounting board and bolts...
View More Details >
Early American Primitive Chair
Sumner
X
Early American Primitive Chair
Antique Mid-18th Century American Wingback Chairs
Wood
Early New Hampshire wooden wingback chair. Handmade in USA, circa 1730s.
View More Details >
X
13-Star Printed American Flag, Unusually Large
Antique 1870s Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
13 Stars, 1876-1898, a Very Rare Printed Example, Unusually Large Among its Known Counterparts of the Late 19th Century, Probably Made in Canada: 13 star American national parade flag,...
View More Details >
Striking Tramp Art Grandfather Clock
Clifford A. Wallach Tramp Art, Folk Art & Americana
X
Striking Tramp Art Grandfather Clock
Vintage 1920s American Clocks
A fine tramp art grandfather clock with extended elements surrounding the outer edges and topped with a cast metal eagle. The clock stands on a deeply layered pedestal. Whimsical and ra...
View More Details >
19th Century American Faux Bamboo Full Size Bed
Harris Dean Gallery LLC
X
19th Century American Faux Bamboo Full Size Bed
R. J. Horner & Co.
Antique Late 19th Century American Victorian Beds
Birdseye Maple, Maple
American maple and bird's-eye maple faux bamboo full size bed, attributed to R.J. Horner & Company, New York City, circa 1885. Popularized by its display at the 1876 Centennial Exposit...
View More Details >
X
Superb R & W Wilson Coin Silver Serving Pitcher
R & W Wilson
Antique 1840s American Pitchers
Sterling Silver
Being offered is a scarce circa 1840 coin silver pitcher by Robert & William Wilson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, comprising incredible hand chased foliate on the octagonal shaped pitc...
View More Details >
X
19th Century Federal Beveled Mirror with Gold Leaf...
Antique 19th Century American Federal Wall Mirrors
Mirror, Wood
A 19th century beveled Federal mirror with gold leaf finish. Good vintage condition with some wear to gold leaf.
View More Details >
X
19th Century Original Paint Decorated Tabletop Su...
Unknown
Antique 1880s American Folk Art Primitives
Wood
This fun small-scale barrel is in great as found condition and was found in New England. The lid is missing as it was probably a cardboard or heavy paper seal. The back round mustard pa...
View More Details >
Princess Feather Quilt
Stella Rubin
X
Princess Feather Quilt
Antique 1860s American Quilts
Cotton
This princess feather (aka Prince's Feather) is beautifully quilted with a clamshell pattern. The center of each feather is unusual in that it has a Lemoyne Star. Whether intentional or...
View More Details >
X
Small Mahogany Queen Anne Oval, Drop-Leaf Table wi...
Antique 18th Century British Queen Anne Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables
Mahogany
This table is composed of three solid unjoined boards, the top, and two drop leaves. The mahogany is a deep red-brown, with deep figure throughout (see detail). The legs are a very deli...
View More Details >
X
Antique Quilt: "Robbing-Peter-to-Pay-Paul"
Antique 19th Century American Quilts
Cotton
Skillfully pieced and elaborately quilted, a superb example of a very difficult design to execute. A less ambitious quilter might have been content to create all of those perfect, neve...
View More Details >
X
SET OF 14 American Queen Anne Revival Dining Chair...
Antique 1870s American Queen Anne Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
Circa 1875 Virginia bench-made walnut matched set of two armchairs and 12 side chairs; with shell carved knees, slippered front feet, wavy back splats, and distinctive flat serpentine c...
View More Details >
X
Pair of Walnut Queen Anne Side Chairs with Shell, ...
Antique 18th Century American Queen Anne Side Chairs
Pairs of these chairs are hard to find and these have no breaks or alterations. They have the beautiful style that many consider the finest of American Queen Anne chair design. They hav...
View More Details >
Tramp Art Chest of Drawers Signed
Clifford A. Wallach Tramp Art, Folk Art & Americana
X
Tramp Art Chest of Drawers Signed
American More Folk Art
A handsome tramp art chest with five drawers displaying a rich color and fine detailing. It stands on cast metal ornamental feet and contains a note which reads, “Made by Henry C Tucker...
View More Details >
X
Early 19th Century Original Surface Child's Chair
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Chairs
This amazing untouched surface is to beat the band. It was found in New England & the chair is in great condition and has wonderful form. It has been well love and used.The wear is co...
View More Details >
X
28 Star Antique American Flag, Extremely Rare, Tex...
Unknown
Antique 19th Century American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
Cotton, Linen
28 STARS, AN EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE STAR COUNT REFLECTING TEXAS STATEHOOD, OFFICIAL FOR ONLY ONE YEAR, 1845-46: American national flags with 28 stars, made at the time when Texas...
View More Details >
American 18th Century Child's Chair
Elaine Claire
X
American 18th Century Child's Chair
Antique Late 18th Century American American Colonial Chairs
Wood
Charming child's chair in pine with original hickory woven seat. This slat back chair is very likely Shaker. The original finish is in excellent condition and the chair has no repairs...
View More Details >
Spectacular 34 Star Civil War Flag
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques
X
Spectacular 34 Star Civil War Flag
Antique 19th Century Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
SPECTACULAR 34 STAR CIVIL WAR FLAG WITH A RARE DIAMOND CONFIGURATION AND AN APPLIED BANNER WITH A STENCILED PATRIOTIC SLOGAN, AMONG THE BEST EXAMPLES I HAVE EVER OWNED, 1861-63 Frame S...
View More Details >
Late Federal Mahogany Settee
Arader Galleries
X
Late Federal Mahogany Settee
Antique 19th Century American Settees
Mahogany
Acanthus carved and molded scroll arms above a rosette carved frame raised on reeded legs in ball feet. Seat height: 18 1/2.
View More Details >
X
Fine Tramp Art Crown-of-Thorns Sailboat Diorama
Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Sculptures
Wonderful tramp art crown-of-thorns sailboat diorama. The sailboat is mounted under glass and the boat is finely carved with three masts and folded paper sails.
View More Details >
19th Century American Painted Cabinet
Elaine Claire
X
19th Century American Painted Cabinet
Antique Early 19th Century American Country Cabinets
The handcrafted cabinet has the simple lines of Amish influence. The milk paint is original. The raised panel doors and the butterfly apron add to the overall quality of the piece. T...
View More Details >
X
‘Pal O Mine’ Inscribed Box with Scroll Top
Vintage 1930s American More Folk Art
A wonderful expressive Tramp Art box with the inscription, ‘Pal O Mine.’ It has a scroll like handle on its top. Interesting choice of wording suggests he made this Tramp Art box for a ...
View More Details >
X
Mariner's Compass Quilt with Swag and Bow Border
Antique 19th Century American Quilts
Cotton
Elegant version of the always desirable Mariner's Compass quilt pattern. It is an extremely difficult pattern to execute with the numerous fine points and this is particularly well done...
View More Details >
Aesthetic Maple Fall-Front Secretaire
Associated Artists, LLC
X
Aesthetic Maple Fall-Front Secretaire
Herter Brothers
Antique 1880s American Aesthetic Movement Secretaires
Velvet, Wood, Maple
Herter Brothers was among late 19th century America’s most celebrated cabinetmakers, and their clients, the nation’s most preeminent entrepreneurs. Beer and real estate magnate Jacob Ru...
View More Details >
X
Exceptional Tiger Maple Blanket Chest with Two Dra...
Antique 18th Century American Queen Anne Blanket Chests
This chest speaks for itself, as it is the best of the best in tiger maple. Each of the components of the chest is made of single, solid tiger maple boards. To appreciate an example of ...
View More Details >
Friendship Sampler Quilt
Stella Rubin
X
Friendship Sampler Quilt
Antique 19th Century American Quilts
Cotton
This unique Sampler Quilt has both traditional and original blocks, many with hearts as an indication of the affection with which it was made. Written in ink it says "Presented by Lydia...
View More Details >
X
Classical Gilt and Paint Decorated Games Table, Ma...
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Game Tables
The following is the text of an extensive report on this piece done by Philip Zimmerman, Ph.D. The full report, including footnotes and images, is available upon request. An Import...
View More Details >
X
Mahogany Chippendale, Six Leg Claw and Ball Drop-L...
Antique 18th Century American Chippendale Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
Six-legged dining tables are very desirable and relatively rare. They offer an obviously greater stability than the four-legged form and cost a good deal more. The mahogany is beautifu...
View More Details >
X
American Empire Side Table in Mahogany, circa 1825...
Antique 1820s American American Empire Side Tables
Mahogany
19" wide x 15" deep x 30.75" high A fine Empire Work Table in Mahogany on foliate-carved, baluster-turned pedestal resting on quatre-form base and terminating with winged carved lions'...
View More Details >
X
Classical Painted Armchair, Baltimore, circa 1820
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Armchairs
Of grand proportions, this painted chair in Baltimore painted furniture, page 67 (see scan below). It appears that the center was a defining place for individual embellishment, i.e. Clo...
View More Details >
Crown of Thorns Frame
The Edit
X
Crown of Thorns Frame
Antique 1890s American Folk Art Mantel Mirrors and Fireplace Mirrors
Wood
An unusual "Crown of Thorns" frame with three large openings. Thought to be used originally as a portrait frame, this piece could easily be turned into a stylish mirror for an entry or ...
View More Details >
Classic Work Table with Original Brasses
Stanley Weiss Collection
X
Classic Work Table with Original Brasses
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Side Tables
This work table has beautifully figured striped mahogany panels on all sides. Note the use of tiger mahogany between the front drawers. The legs are Classic Seymour; see the related exa...
View More Details >
X
19th Century Large Handmade Inlaid Pictorial Gameb...
Unknown
Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Game Boards
Wood
19th century handmade inlaid gameboard from Pennsylvania with stars, symbol of peace in corners aka fly foot symbols. Also there are hearts, clubs and diamonds in different types of woo...
View More Details >
X
Hepplewhite Shield Back Armchair, Mahogany, New Yo...
George Shipley
American Hepplewhite Armchairs
Mahogany
Attribution is based on a labelled chair, antiques April, 1961, page 374, George Shipley: His Furniture and His Label. The arched crest in this example centers on a finely carved Prin...
View More Details >
X
Fine Federal Serpentine Inlaid Mahogany Bureau, ci...
Antique Early 1800s American Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
New York, circa 1800. The oblong top with exaggerated serpentine front edge and string edging above a conforming case with inlaid light-wood stringing at every edge, having four gradua...
View More Details >
American Painted Rocking Chair
George Subkoff Antiques, Inc.
X
American Painted Rocking Chair
Antique 19th Century American Rocking Chairs
Painted and stenciled rocking chair
View More Details >
X
Pair of Substantial and Iconic American Wood Carve...
Unknown
Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Sculptures
Wood
Terrific find! A wonderful pair of carved architectural American eagles. Found on the east coast and were said to have originally been part of a c. 1876 Federal building in St. Louis....
View More Details >
Patriotic Crib Quilt
Stella Rubin
X
Patriotic Crib Quilt
Antique 19th Century American Quilts
Satin, Velvet
The construction of this Patriotic Crib Quilt is as unusual as the combination of motifs. Each of the black background areas is actually made of thin strips of satin (about 1/4" wide),...
View More Details >
19th Century Ethan Allen Horse Weathervane
American Garage
X
19th Century Ethan Allen Horse Weathervane
Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes
Copper, Iron
Late 19th century Ethan Allen copper running horse weathervane with a cast iron head, all in exceptional and untouched original surface and patina, two bullet holes intact, new wall and...
View More Details >
X
Jewish Captives at Babylon by American Painter Edw...
Edward Harrison May
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Paintings
This painting is unique in Edward Harrison May's oeuvre; it is one of few that May based on Biblical history and his only known work based on an Old Testament event. "Jewish Captives at...
View More Details >
X
Decanter Stand Four Bottles Coin Silver
Lincoln Lighting Company
Antique 19th Century American Sterling Silver
Glass
PLEASE VISIT LAUREN STANLEY IN NEW YORK CITY - TELEPHONE FOR AN APPOINTMENT -- CONVENIENT MIDTOWN LOCATION ! Circa 1850 coin silver four-bottle decanter stand by Lincoln & Foss of Bost...
View More Details >
X
George Hunzinger Mechanical Rocker
Antique 19th Century American Aesthetic Movement Rocking Chairs
Contabt Dealer
View More Details >
Graduated Drawer Box
Just Folk
X
Graduated Drawer Box
Antique 19th Century American Cabinets
Pine
Circa 1830 Original surface, white pine painted and stained to resemble rose wood and birdseye maple.
View More Details >
X
Pair of 19th c. Filigree Wicker And Red Velvet Fan...
Colt
Antique 19th Century American Victorian Armchairs
Pair of American Victorian dark stained wicker character fan back arm chairs featuring filigree scroll designs and red velvet upholstered seats and headrests. Manufactured by Colt.
View More Details >
X
Important 19th C. American Steer Horn Chaise
Wenzel Friedrich
Antique 19th Century American Rustic Chaises Longues
Leather, Horn
Rustic steer horn chaise attributed to the nineteenth century German-American furniture maker Wenzel Friedrich. The chaise features a studded, leather-upholstered seat and decorative mo...
View More Details >
X
Mennonite Sawtooth Diamond Quilt with Appliques
Antique 19th Century American Quilts
Cotton
Vibrant and dynamic Mennonite Sawtooth Diamond Quilt with the unusual addition of applique patterns. Initials SR are reverse appliqued in the center. Nicely quilted with beautiful feath...
View More Details >
X
Fan Back Windsor Side Chair
Antique 18th Century American Windsor Chairs
Ash, Chestnut, Maple
Rhode Island, ca. 1780-1795. Mixed woods; Ash, maple, chestnut Excellent condition, retains a dry mid-19th c. painted and varnish surface. Superb form, having a shaped crest above spind...
View More Details >
X
American Mahogany Classical Swan Sofa, Philadelphi...
Antique 18th Century American American Classical Sofas
American mahogany classical upholstered sofa with swans head arm rest, carved corner cornucopia, and terminating on ebonized lions paw feet. Philadelphia.
View More Details >
X
Large American Garden Folk Art Whirligig Polychrom...
Antique 19th Century American Weathervanes
19th to early 20th century very tall charming American folk art original polychrome whirligig of a man sawing wood, when the wind blows the man saws, it is in beautiful vivid original p...
View More Details >
X
19thc American Early Red & Brown Striped Ticking P...
Antique 19th Century American Pillows and Throws
Early red & brown American ticking pillows.The backing is homespun linen.Sold individually/ four in stock.
View More Details >
X
Cherry Corner Chair, Probably New Hampshire, Late...
Antique 18th Century American Chippendale Corner Chairs
Cherry
This is a most interesting corner chair of good-sized proportions. For starters, look at the image showing the chair from above. Note the beautifully formed arms and medial support brac...
View More Details >
X
Mahogany Drop-Leaf Table with Eight Reeded Legs, P...
Antique 19th Century American Sheraton Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
This mahogany table is extremely wide and composed of solid mahogany boards of the finest ribbon grain. The leaves are very heavy, and the table was composed two have the two middle leg...
View More Details >