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Americana and Folk Art (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.

Halladay H37 Star Red Windmill Weight
By U. S. Wind Engine and Pump Company
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Iron

Pennsylvania Backgammon Board, Signed "Wise"
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Large School or Church Bell with Mounting Base, New England
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Metal

Antique Quilt, "Robbing-Peter-to-Pay-Paul"
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Cotton

Vintage Miniature Train Depot
Category

Vintage 1930s American

Materials

Sheet Metal

Early 19th Century Original Surface Child's Chair
Category

Antique 19th Century American American Classical

Materials

Pine

Log Cabin in Stars Quilt
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Caesar's Crown Quilt
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Cotton

19th Century American Hobby Horse Rocker
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Wood, Parchment Paper, Paint

19th c. American Empire Carved Canterbury or Magazine Rack
Category

Antique 19th Century American Empire

Materials

Gold Leaf

Antique Quilt: Lemon Peel
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Cotton

LeMoyne Stars and Maple Leaves Quilt
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Cotton

13-Star Eagle American Ship Swallow-Tailed Pennant Flag.
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Cotton, Wool

Princess Feather Quilt
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Tiger Maple Bed, New England, circa 1810
Category

Antique 19th Century American Sheraton

American Mahogany Gentleman's Traveling Chest
Category

Antique 18th Century and Earlier American

Pots of Flowers Quilt
Category

Early 20th Century American

Rosewood Banded Mahogany Classical Harmonicon
By Unknown
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Glass, Mahogany, Rosewood

Turn of the Century American Mission Log Holder or Magazine Rack
Category

Antique 19th Century American Mission

Materials

Wrought Iron

Antique Pieced Quilt: Star of Bethlehem/Harvest Sun
Category

Antique 19th Century

Materials

Cotton

American Bird's-Eye Maple Cabinet
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Birdseye Maple, Bone

Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Cotton

Federal Mahogany Work Table with Reeded Legs, New York
Category

Antique 19th Century American Federal

Materials

Mahogany

American Mahogany Classical Acanthus Carved Four Poster Bed. Circa 1815
By Anthony Gabriel Quervelle
A Very Rare & Important Miniature Desk
Category

Antique Late 18th Century American Chippendale

Materials

Walnut

Evening Stars Quilt
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Cotton

American Coin Silver Calling Card Case
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Silver

Lone Star Quilt with Embroidery
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Cotton

Homemade 34 Star Flag, Cornflower Blue, Interesting Configuration, 1861-1863
By Unknown
Category

Antique 1860s American Other

Materials

Cotton

American Nautical Painted and Gilt Bow Figurehead
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Federal Sheraton Tall-Post Bed with Acanthus Leafed Foot Posts
Category

Antique 19th Century American Sheraton

Materials

Mahogany

American Salesman's Sample or Child's Sofa, J &J W Meeks, NY
By J. & J.W. Meeks
Category

Antique 19th Century American Folk Art

Materials

Mahogany, Upholstery

Carved Mahogany Sheraton Tall Post Bed
By Thomas Whedman
Category

Antique Early 19th Century American Sheraton

Materials

Mahogany

Pair Of American Brass Dog Doorstops / Book Ends. Circa 1870
By A. Belokopytoff
Category

Antique 1870s American American Empire

Materials

Brass

Exceptional San Francisco Cable Car Model
By Henry J. Rohrbach
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Brass, Steel

Charleston Mahogany Classical Tester Bed. Charleston, Circa 1815-20
Category

Antique 19th Century American American Classical

American Victorian Folk Art Bed with Hand-Painted Cats, circa 1880
Category

Antique 19th Century American Victorian

Materials

Oak, Walnut, Elm

Early American Maple Lowboy
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Brass

Pair of American Twin Tester Beds
Category

Antique 19th Century American

American Cherry Two Drawer Stand on Brass Casters. NY, Circa 1815
Category

Antique 1810s American American Empire

Materials

Brass

American Hand Painted Three Panel Floral Leather Screen , Signed N.Y. Circa 187
By A. Lasslow
Category

Antique 1870s American American Empire

Materials

Leather, Paint

Queen-size Four-Poster American Empire Bed, Philadelphia, circa 1825
Category

Antique 19th Century American Empire

Materials

Cherry, Poplar

American Federal Japanned & Stenciled Needlework Table
Category

Antique Late 18th Century American Federal

Materials

Hardwood

Hand-Painted Antique Game Board
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Industrial Cart
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Iron

Early 19thc New England Salmon Youth Bed With Homespun Duvet Cover
By Unknown
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Fence Rail Log Cabin Quilt
Category

Vintage 1930s American

Materials

Cotton

Wood Carved Holy Family by H.S. Schroeder, circa 1880
By H. S. Schroeder
Category

Antique 19th Century American Folk Art

Materials

Wood

LeMoyne Stars Quilt with Trapunto
Category

Antique 19th Century American

Materials

Cotton

Carriage, Antique Stenciled Childs Carriage
Category

Antique 19th Century American Belle Époque

Materials

Metal