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Folk Art Furniture

FOLK ART STYLE

Folk art is a genre of art that shares the creator’s traditions, offering not just an artistic display but an opportunity to learn about a culture. Antique, new and vintage folk art typically reflects a heritage or location. It can include utilitarian objects and handmade art as diverse as weather vanes, duck decoys, portraiture and paintings, carnival art and quilts.

Quilts are a quintessential part of American folk art but their roots are international, with quilting dating back to Ancient Egypt. The practice spread to Europe and was especially prominent in the Middle Ages, with one of the oldest surviving examples being the Tristan quilt made in Sicily in the 14th century. They were made as bedcovers and clothing, including as a layer for knights to wear beneath their armor. Native American folk art includes functional objects reflecting their heritage, such as baskets, textiles and wooden pieces.

Elsewhere, the vast range of work associated with Mexican folk art includes masks made by Mexican craftspeople for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater.

Works in the folk art tradition are valuable because of the skills involved, like weaving, hand-carving wood and even stonework. Many folk artists are self-taught, while some train as apprentices within their community. By using available materials and taking a personal approach to their creations, artists ensure each piece is unique and conveys a story.

During the Great Depression, artistic materials in America were hard to come by, so artisans used discarded wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to make highly stylized, notched pieces — most often picture frames and boxes — that are today sought after by collectors. This folk art style is called tramp art and was popular from roughly 1870 until the 1940s.

Folk art brings vibrant culture and traditions into your home. Browse an extensive collection of antique, new and vintage folk art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Folk Art
Moroccan Decorative Dragon Sculpture Handbuilt and Handpainted by Potter Houda
Located in Marseille, FR
- Hand built decorative dragon sculpture - big format - made of clay collected from the potter's surroundings. - decorative motifs painted with a goat hair brush made by the potter...
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2010s Moroccan Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Clay, Earthenware

Moroccan Decorative Dog Sculpture Handbuilt and Handpainted by Potter Houda
Located in Marseille, FR
- Hand built decorative dog sculpture - made of clay collected from the potter's surroundings. - decorative motifs painted with a goat hair brush made by the potter to apply natura...
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2010s Moroccan Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Clay, Earthenware

Folk Art Amish Farmstead Scene by Dolores Hackenberger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Folk Art painter, Dolores Hackenberger (American, b.1930 - ) was fondly referred to as "the Pennsylvania Dutch Country Grandma Moses." In her many decades living among the Amish in S...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood, Paint

Fantastic Highly Detailed Large Painting by Julian Rockmore
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Incredibly detailed whimsical large canvas of a circus coming to an old American town, by artist Jullian Rockmore, signed lower left. Rockmore came from a family of artists and his w...
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1980s North American Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Canvas

American Woolwork Picture 'woolie' of The American Eagle Surrounded by American
Located in Downingtown, PA
American Woolwork Picture (woolie) of The American Eagle surrounded by Thirty-two Star American flags, Circa 1860s. In the 19th century, there were various types of woolworks: t...
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1860s North American Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wool

Large Round Decorative African Textured Knobby Bowl with Brown Interior
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A large black textured decorative bowl in black with a brown incised interior. This bowl has a textured knobby exterior in black. The interior is in cream, with brown and black score...
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20th Century Central African Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Plastic, Plaster, Paint

Japanese Driftwood Side Table / Table Wabisabi
Located in Sammushi, JP
It will be a table made of driftwood with a loneliness. It is practical and has a beautiful appearance as an object. Size: W 58 D 60 H 79.5 (cm) Weight about 7kg.
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2010s Japanese Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood

Beautiful Wooden Red Tang-Style Horse, Vintage Asia, 1980s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful decorative horse statue. Some wear with a nice patina, but this is old-age. Wooden horse colored in red, with some metal and stone parts. Very decorative and nice to disp...
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1980s Chinese Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Metal

Very Long Racing Scull or Oar from Eton College Windsor
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Very Long Racing Scull or Oar from Eton College Windsor This is a fine quality extra long oar from Eton College, the spoon or blade has blue chevrons painted on it and the long a...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Ash

Folk Art Sunburst Mirror Early 19th Century
Located in Hastings, GB
A charming and very rare folk art sunburst mirror, French, dating the the early 1800's, it is formed out of lead which has been hammered and shaped, it has then been overpainted in g...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Lead

1982 Washington Ledesma 3 Breasted Goddess Ceramic Vase
By Washington Ledesma
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ceramic vessel by artist Washington Ledesma dated 1982 N.Y.C. Etched and painted to depict 4 three breasted goddesses. Vibrant navy blue. Wonderful statement piece to add to any shel...
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1980s American Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Earthenware, Pottery

Pottery Vase, Northern Thailand, 14th-16th Century
Located in New York, NY
Natural feldspathic, wood-ash glazed ceramic vessel with four small handles and a flared mouth. OUR REFERENCE N7597  
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16th Century Thai Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses Book by Bill Doolittle Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses by Bill Doolittle Time-Life Books, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 180 pages. Written by Kentucky native son and sportswriter Bill Doolittle, The...
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20th Century American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Paper

Marvelously Happy Holiday Scene Painting of Quaint Town
By John Reilly
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A large and wonderfully rendered original painting of Bernardsville NJ at Christmas, having skillful rough impressionistic brushstrokes in the style of plein air work. The painting h...
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Early 2000s North American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Masonite

The Forties As Reported By The New York Times
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Forties: As Reported By The New York Times By Keylin, Arleen; Cohen, Jonathan. Title The Forties: As Reported by the New York Times Author Keylin, Arleen; Cohen, Jonathan Fo...
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20th Century American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Paper

Large Vintage Xochiquetzal Mexican Folk Art Lidded Serving Bowl by Teresa Duran
Located in Vallejo, CA
A large vintage Folk Art pottery serving bowl from Xochiquetzal, Mexico by Teresa Duran. Lovely handpainted designs in earthy gray, blue, and brown glazes. Perfect for serving soups ...
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Late 20th Century Central American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Pottery

Early 20th Century Carved Hand Painted Decoy
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Early 20th century carved hand painted decoy circa 1920. Hand painted scandinavian decoy duck, black and white paint scheme with yellow eyes. Later fitted with shaped polysterene ...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood, Paint

Chinese Painted Lucky Fish
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand-carved from reclaimed wood, this rustic fish sculpture recreates early 20th-century Chinese folk art designs. The fish is carved with a squat, rounded body and brightly painted ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood

Antique German Roller Jug Lidded Pewter Beer Stein, Monogram FH, 1819
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous beer stein, made in Germany. This beer stein has been made in Germany, it is monogramed with FH and dated 1819. Absolutely gorgeous piece still in very good condition for ...
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Early 18th Century German Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Pewter

L' Art Calligraphique De L'Islam by Khatibi, Abdelkébir Sijelmass Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
L'art calligraphique de l'Islam hardcover art book. Calligraphy Art in Islam, French edition. French Edition by Abdelkebir Khatibi. Large wonderful book about calligraphy in Islam...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Paper

Two Deer Antler Mount Trophy on Black Forest Carved Wood Plaque from Austria
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A set of two vintage Black Forest deer antler trophies on hand carved, Black Forest wooden plaques. I think they are from the 1960s or older. Tallest is approximate 15.75" high, 7.5"...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Antler, Wood

Wood Water Bucket with Wrought Iron Bands, Austria, 1890s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Antique Austrian 10 Liter wood water bucket with wrought iron bands. Early handmade water well wood with hand forged iron bands. The rustic country style bucket has many practical us...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Welsh River Landscape with Fly Fisherman, by S. Thompson, 19th Century
Located in Nantucket, MA
Antique Welsh River landscape with Fly Fisherman, by S. Thompson, 19th century, entitled "View Near Stamdrinidad sic South Wales," an English School folk art oil on canvas angling sc...
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Late 19th Century Welsh Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Canvas

Round Blue Lapis Lazuli and Marble Stone Jewelry or Trinket Box with Lid
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Beautiful blue Lapis Lazuli and Carrara marble stone jewelry box. Created from genuine blue Lapis Lazuli, this box is low in profile and round in form. This lovely jewelry or trinket...
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20th Century Indian Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Carrara Marble

Bear Banjo Bird Tweeting Pictorial Persian Flat-Weave
Located in New York, NY
Scatter size Persian Kilim from the 20th century with a bear playing with his banjo. Looks like a small bird is tweeting while he's playing! Tweet Tweet! How Sweet? This was origina...
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20th Century Persian Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wool

First Nations Northwest Coast Robert Whonnock Signed Carved Wood Wall Hanging
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful example of true indigenous first nations Pacific Northwest Coast art by Robert (Bob) Whonnock. This carved wood panel shows an eagle and orca motif in exceptional detail....
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20th Century Canadian Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood

Set of 6 of Total 120 Dutch Dark Green Glazed Ceramic Tiles by Le Glaive, 1930
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of Dutch dark green handmade tiles. A beautiful and color. With 6 different stylized designs. We offer 20 tiles from the same design. In total 120 tiles with 6...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Blue and White Dutch Boch Delft Plates
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Stunning Boch Delfts blue and white plates in very good condition. Each is signed and numbered by the artist. It is beautiful hanging on a wall or on a coffee table. Dutch Delft c...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Vintage French Toy "Les Acrobates", circa 1920
By G. Doloy
Located in Incline Village, NV
Rare 100 year old French toy in it's original box depicting two acrobats attached to a wire frame with brown barrel weights, cascading down a green metal ladder. Once assembled (loop...
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1920s French Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Tin

Antique Pair of Charogh Ethnic Shoes from Turkey
Located in North Hollywood, CA
These Kurdish shoes are known as charoghs and were made in Khorasan province in north western Turkey. Made from a single piece of rawhide, this type of shoe is generally known as a m...
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Late 19th Century Turkish Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Leather

Early 20th Century Hand Painted Duck Decoy Antique German
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Found in Germany at an estate sale, this hand carved and hand painted duck decoy is perfect for the collector. Well used by a previous hunter the paint has faded through time althoug...
Category

1910s German Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood, Paint

Vintage Moroccan Boucherouite Berber Prayer Rug
Located in Milan, IT
Woven by using exclusively recycled yarns of various type, ranging from cotton to lurex, Boucherouite Berber rugs represent a unique facet of Moroccan textile art. These are the prod...
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Late 20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Cotton

English Mid-20th Century Nautical Table Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Vintage nautical ships telegraph table lamp The ships telegraph is mounted as a lamp, on a mahogany, brass and painted iron base.     
Category

Early 20th Century English Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Brass, Iron

Pair of Hammered Copper Table Lamps Folk Art Handcrafted, 1950's
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Beautiful pair of handcrafted hammered copper table lamps, all original, rewired, shades not included.
Category

1950s American Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Copper

19th Century Life Sized Horse Trade Sign from a Tack Shop in Pennsylvania
Located in Charleston, SC
19th century life sized horse trade sign from a tack shop in Pottsville, PA. Horse is made of cast iron, wood, and papier mâché. The tail and cast iron ears are removable. Original f...
Category

19th Century American Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Iron

American Vintage Toleware Metal Goose Decoy Table Sculpture
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Painted toleware metal goose decoy table sculpture, America, 1930s The metal decoy is seated in basic custom made oval wooden base.
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Metal

Antique French Marionette
Located in Houston, TX
We found this wonderful 19th century French marionette in Rouen France. The puppet, and its art form, have been a mainstay of French cultural life for hundreds of years and is integr...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Vintage Carved Wood and Poly Chrome Painted Figural Musical Clock Figurine
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This vintage hand carved and hand painted musical clock is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in or near Austria in circa 1950 in a Folk Art style. The carving depicts a male f...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Metal

Mexican Burnished Clay Hand Oaxaca Sculpture Mixtec Ceramic with Red Face
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
This Mexican red ceramic clay hand sculpture is a piece by artist Manuel Reyes. Made with clay from Oaxaca and Zacatecas, painted with oxides from the region. Done with the hand-mode...
Category

2010s Mexican Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Brown Charcoal Lion Pictorial Turkish 20th Century Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
A mid 20th century Turkish rug depicting 2 brown lions on a black/charcoal colored ground. Measures: 1'10" x 3'4'.
Category

Mid-20th Century Turkish Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wool

Pair of Vera Alabaster 'Russian' Original Folk Art Oil Paintings on Canvas
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This pair of oil paintings on canvas are done by the well known portrait and landscape Russian artist, Vera Alabaster in circa 1940 in a Folk Art style. The paintings depict a Jamaic...
Category

Early 20th Century Russian Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Canvas

Antique Chair, Swedish "Stockstol", Early 1800s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Chair "Stockstol", allmoge (Swedish folk furniture), early 1800s.
Category

Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood

20th Century Roy Finster "President George Bush" Outsider Folk Art
Located in San Francisco, CA
Roy Finster (American, 20th century) "President George Bush" outsider art "Jesus Saves Soul's" President George bush 1990-1993 by Roy Finster Oil paint on cut-out wooden pan...
Category

Late 20th Century American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood

Large Early 20th Century Scandinavian Hand Painted Decoy Duck
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Large early 20th century Scandinavian hand painted decoy duck, circa 1920. Slightly larger than the normal, this is a Fine example of Scandinavian hand painted Folk Art. Hand ...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood

Abercrombie & Fitch Ceramic Piggy Bank
Located in Atlanta, GA
Abercrombie & Fitch ceramic piggy bank, England, circa 1950s. Modeled after their famous leather animal toys and footstools, this little piggie looks just like stitched leather, but ...
Category

1950s English Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Carved Wood Figure of a Dog
Located in Essex, MA
In a seated position. Provenance: Dingman Estate.
Category

Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood

Carved and Painted Merganser
Located in Nantucket, MA
Red breasted Merganser Drake carved in a sleeping pose. Made from Tupelo wood with carved eyes, pinned head, attached flat lead weight and leather line tie Great painted antique sur...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Softwood

1915 ‘Carter the Great’ Banner by Otis Lithograph, Cleveland
Located in Surrey, BC
A large and early Folk Art paper banner (on linen backing) promoting famous American magician, Charles Joseph Carter (1874-1936), known as 'Carter the Great'. Untouched and unmounted...
Category

1910s American Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Linen, Paper

Asian Burmese Carved Wood Temple Offering Lidded Box
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Burmese bamboo temple offering lidded box, basket. This kind of wooden basket is used to transport and display offerings to Buddhist temples, in Asia. During most of the 19th century...
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Early 20th Century South Asian Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Bamboo

Royal Doulton "the Carpet Seller" Moroccan Decorative Porcelain Figurine
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Royal Doulton "the carpet seller," Moroccan figurine of a carpet seller. Made in England, by Royal Doulton England, the "Carpet Seller," Royal Doulton, H.N. 1464, finely painted porc...
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Mid-20th Century English Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Large Danish 19th Century Drum
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large original painted 19th century drum with one original stick.
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19th Century Danish Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood

19th Century Tile Painting of Santa Anna Harbor
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Tile Painting of Santa Anna Harbor, circa 19th Century. The painting is a beautiful rendition of the harbor on a rectangular lucite background. There are five tiles depicting the har...
Category

19th Century Spanish Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

19th Century Wrought Iron Dog Sculpture or Paperweight Of A Retriever
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
19th Century wrought iron dog sculpture or paperweight of a retriever.
Category

Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wrought Iron

Swedish Folk Art Table, 18th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Swedish Folk Art table with large drawer and beautiful old patina, from mid-18th century.
Category

Mid-18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood

Vintage American Rag Rug
Located in New York, NY
An American mid-20th century Rag rug with a pattern of banded stripes.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wool

Moroccan Brass Berber Tribal Flask
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Great decorative Moroccan Tribal flask.. African decorative brass with front richly decorated with embossed brass and overlay. The valve stem turns and open. Truly a conversation mu...
Category

Early 20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Brass

Carnival Barrel Table Lamp
Located in Houston, TX
Carnival barrel table lamp, newly wired for use within the USA. This charming lamp comes from a hand painted, handmade carnival barrel. I find the colors so happy and colorful on thi...
Category

1930s American Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Tôle

Lot of Three Asian Elephant Brass Sculpture Figures Vintage, 1950s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A decorative lot of three handmade elephant sculptures or statues. Some wear but this is old-age. Made of brass. We think it is from Asia and was made in the mid-20th century. Measur...
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Mid-20th Century Asian Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Brass

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