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Folk Art Wall Decorations

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
British Sailor's Woolwork, the Sailor's Farewell
Located in Downingtown, PA
British sailor's woolwork of The Sailor's Farewell, Circa 1865. This is a particularly lovely example of this rare sailor's woolie subject. The Sailor’s Farewell and the Sailor's...
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1870s English Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wool

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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

Glazed Oil Painting by Soviet Artist Omar Chkhaidze, d. 1995
Located in Peabody, MA
Luminously glazed oil on canvas board by Omar Chkhaidze of Tbilisi, Georgia, an established and award winning member of the Russian Academy of the Arts. In 2017, The Russian Academ...
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1990s Georgian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

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 Wall Decorations

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Canvas

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 Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

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 Wall Decorations

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Wool

Pop Edited by Mark Francis, with a Survey by Hal Foster Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Pop Edited by Mark Francis, with a survey by Hal Foster hardcover book. From the late 1950s to the late 1960s the word 'Pop'described any example of art, film, photography and archi...
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20th Century North American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

20th Century Ship Painting "Crown of Denmark", Oil on Board, in Life Ring Frame
Located in Nantucket, MA
Ship portrait of the "Crown of Denmark", a full-rigged, three masted steel ship. Built for Robertson Cruikshank and Company in 1883 by A. McMillian and Son, Dumbarton. In 1907 she wa...
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Early 20th Century British Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

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...
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19th Century Spanish Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

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 Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

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 Wall Decorations

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Masonite

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...
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Early 20th Century Russian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas

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...
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1910s American Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Linen, Paper

Turkish Anatolian Deer Rug
Located in New York, NY
One of a kind hand-knotted Turkish Anatolian rug with stand-alone deer on a blush color ground Measures: 3'3” x 3'11”.
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20th Century Turkish Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wool

Late Naive English School "Bull Broke Loose" Bull Baiting Oil on Canvas
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A late 18th century oil on canvas depicting a bull baiting scene In England during the time of Queen Anne, bull-baiting was practised in London at Hockley-in-the-Hole, twice a we...
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Late 18th Century English Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas, Maple

Modernist Inspired Fable Painting by Armenian Artist A. Mouradian
Located in Peabody, MA
A modernist inspired fable painting by A. Mouradian. This piece, an oil on canvas board, is unsigned. We recently acquired a small grouping of Armenian figurative paintings by this u...
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1990s Armenian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

English Folk Art Oil on Canvas Painting a Chemist in Mayfair, circa 1950
Located in London, GB
A chemist in Mayfair, circa 1950 We are proud to offer a mid-20th century oil on canvas painting, depicting a Mayfair (London) Pharmacy called Goulds. This pharmacy still exists in ...
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1950s British Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas

1940s Mexican Gene Byron Tin Brass Framed Polychrome Rooster Chicken Art Tile
Located in Dayton, OH
1940’s mid century ceramic hand painted rooster tile by Gene Byron, framed in a tin and brass tooled dish or tray shaped frame. Measures: 6” x 1.5” x 6.25” / Sans Frame - 3.75” x ...
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1940s Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Brass, Tin

Botanical Animal Early 20th Century Pictorial Persian Kerman Mini Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Persian Lavar Kerman pictorial rug with a lion, deer and goat covering a scenic forest scenery. The field ivory, the border is a rosy red. The traditional color...
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Early 20th Century Persian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wool

17th.Century Dutch Oil Painting on Canvas
Located in Perth, GB
17th.century oil painting on canvas, depicting a young girl with Parrot and roses in the background. The Craquelure Patterning adds to the charm of this delightful painting. Framed i...
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17th Century Dutch Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas

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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

Treasures of Israel Museum, Jerusalem Museum Art Gallery Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Treasures of The Israel Museum Jerusalem Photos by Pierre-Alain Ferrazzini By Caroline Joseph S. Gruss Pierre Israel Museum, 1985 Hardcover. Title Treasures of Israel Museum, Je...
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20th Century Israeli Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Antique Folk Art Carved Native American Chief Head Advertising Sign
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Antique Folk Art Carved Native American Chief Head Advertising Sign. Folk Art Indian Tobacco / Trade Sign. American, ca 1900´s, painted carved wood with metal hook. A folk art tobac...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

French Ship Diorama with Schooners, Castle and Seaside Landscape
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Intricately handcrafted ship diorama in shadowbox of a schooner with other seacraft, approaching a walled castle. Rich color and patina. It was purchased in Marseille, France. #5829.
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

Early 20th Century Carved Folk Art Plaque of Owls and Sunflowers
Located in Charleston, SC
Early 20th century carved Folk Art plaque of owls and sunflowers. Glass eyes.
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Early 20th Century Unknown Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Oak

Large Original Antique Natural History Print, Butterflies, circa 1835
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of butterflies Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Cpt. Brown, Gilpin and Edwards with or...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Framed Korean Jakhodo Tiger and Magpie Folk Painting One of the Four
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Korean Folk Art painting watercolor on silk mounted with brocade border and framed. The watercolor was likely dated from late 19th century to the turn of the 20th century, toward t...
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Late 19th Century Korean Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Brocade, Silk, Wood

Monumental Dorothy Gillespie Metal Ribbon Wall Sculpture
By Dorothy Gillespie
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning Dorothy Gillespie metal ribbon wall sculpture, wonderful usr of color, texture and space. Photos do not do this piece of art any justice, truly beautiful in person, strong p...
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1980s American Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Metal

Lewis Carroll Observed Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Lewis Carroll Observed A Collection of Unpublished Photographs, Drawings, Poetry and New Essays. GUILIANO, Edward edited by Published by Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1976 An anth...
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20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

The Spirit of New England Hardcover 1991 by Paul Nolan
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Spirit of New England Hardcover – June 9, 1991 by Paul Nolan. Harris, Bill., Portland House, 1991, 1st U.S. Edition 1st Printing, cloth with gilt spine titles, 160 pp, colo...
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20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

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 Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Folk Art Carved and Painted Display Shelf
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand painted and carved small oak shelf (circa 19th Century, USA) with a single surface to accommodate smaller objects. Only one side features a drawn linear design, as shown. Intere...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Oak

Itchiku Tsujigahana: Homage to Nature, Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Itchiku Tsujigahana: Homage to Nature, Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota. Itchiku Kubota was a Japanese textile artist. He was most famous for reviving and in part reinventing an ...
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20th Century Japanese Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Finnish Polychrome Carved Wood Relief
By A. Tamme
Located in Chicago, IL
Set against a rosewood background, this carved and painted wood relief depicts a horn blower enchanting birds on a sunny summer day. Signed A. Tamme.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

"Portrait of a Bull in Landscape"
Located in Wiscasset, ME
An oil on canvas. of a. short horned bull in landscape by William Henry Davis (British, circa 1783-1865), signed and dated 1853 at lower left, presented in a gilt frame. Canvas mea...
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1850s British Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

1 of the 144 Handmade Antique Ceramic Iles by Devres, France, circa 1910s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is a amazing and unique set of 511 antique French handmade ceramic tiles. Manufactured by Devres, circa 1910s. Stylized design. Each pattern consists of 4 separate tiles. These ...
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1910s French Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Antique Carved Architectural Wooden Figural Plaque, 17th Century
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A carved architectural wooden panel mounted on a pedestal base dating from the 17th century. The hard wood panel is carved in deep relief from three pieces of wood. The three figures...
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17th Century European Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

Modernist Cubist Jazz Trio Painting,, oil on board,, signed Efstein
By Efstein
Located in Buffalo, NY
Nice Stylized oil painting. depicting Modern Jazz Trio. Cubist influenced,, Great color..
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

Anselm Kiefer Collectible Art Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Title: Anselm Kiefer (Venezia Contemporaneo) Publisher: Brand: Charta Publication Date: 1997 Binding: Soft cover An excellent overview of Anselm Kiefer_s long career. Over the pa...
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20th Century Italian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Outsider Art "Man in Carriage" Oil on Panel by Bruno Del Favero
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oil on panel depicting a man in a horse-drawn carriage by acclaimed outsider artist, Bruno Del Favero (b. Italy 1910, d. USA 1995), circa 1970. Fine example showcasing Del Favero's ...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

Persian Gabbeh Souf Rug
Located in New York, NY
A late-20th century Gabbeh rug with a checkered colorful border surrounded by a stand-alone tree on a camel ground woven with a souf technique Measures: 2'6'' x 3'11'' Souf rugs ar...
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20th Century Persian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wool

Palm Tree Painting on Canvas with Seashell Frame
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Charming palm tree painting on canvas with a mixed media approach using oil, gouache, and watercolor. Featuring a three-dimensional folky sea shell and sea life encrusted frame. Si...
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20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

"A Sleigh Ride in New England" American School Painting
Located in Wiscasset, ME
19th Century American School folk art oil on tin painting featuring a sleigh ride through the snowy New England countryside. In the style of George Henry Durrie.
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

Greece History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Greece-History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization hardcover – January 1, 2007. By Stephano Maggi The book introduces the classic series - ""HISTORY AND TREASURES OF AN ANCIEN...
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20th Century Greek Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Set of 35 Handmade Antique Ceramic Tiles, Dutch, 1920s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is a amazing and unique set of 35 antique handmade ceramic tiles. Manufactured in Holland, circa 1920s. Stylized design. These tiles would be charming displayed on easels, frame...
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1920s French Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Original Antique Bird Print, the Turtle Dove, circa 1870
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a turtle dove Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph with original hand color. Published, ci...
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1870s English Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Large Carved Black and Gold-Painted Sunburst
Located in New York, NY
Exuberantly carved sunburst mounted on a black roundel. Provenance: From the Collection of Mario Buatta, New York, NY.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

Green Tiger Pictorial Turkish 20th Century Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
One of a kind, mid 20th-century Hand-knotted Turkish Anatolian rug with a large roaring tiger on a solid green field. RAAARRRR! 3'3'' x 3'9''
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wool

Framed Korean Jakhodo Tiger and Magpie Folk Painting One of the Four
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Korean Folk Art painting watercolor on silk mounted with brocade border and framed. The watercolor was likely dated from late 19th century to the turn of the 20th century, toward t...
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Late 19th Century Korean Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood, Brocade, Silk

Rustic Figures in a Farmyard, in the Manner of Jack Kampmann, C.1950.
By Jack Kampmann
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Charming painting of 2 female farm labourers Unsigned. In the style of Jack Kampmann Oil on board. Possibly Faroe Islands Presented in an antique white painted frame The measure...
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1950s Faeroese Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

Pait of Lattice Style Wall Pockets
Located in Nantucket, MA
Made of Mahogany with scalloped bottom shelf.     
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

Outsider Art Seascape Oil on Panel by Bruno Del Favero
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oil on panel depicting a coastal view with sailboats by acclaimed outsider artist, Bruno Del Favero (b. Italy 1910, d. USA 1995), circa 1970s. Recognized for his fantastical landsca...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

Large Original Wild Mustangs Horses Oil Painting
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large original horse oil painting on canvas. Contemporary oil painting of wild mustangs horses, not framed, canvas stretched on a wood frame.. Signed on the left corner.
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Natural Burl Wood Forest Spirit
Located in Chicago, IL
A incredibly enchanting natural burl wood forest spirit on custom wall mount. The eyes and nose have been enhanced minimally by carving, but the rest of the piece is a naturally occu...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Burl

British Sailor's Woolwork Woolie of Two Battleships, One Fully Dressed
Located in Downingtown, PA
British Sailor's Woolwork Woolie of Two Battleships, one Fully Dressed, Circa 1870 The charming sailor's woolwork is well composed and depicts three Royal Navy Ships. In the midd...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wool

British Sailor's Woolwork of Three Royal Navy Ships, Circa 1885
Located in Downingtown, PA
British sailor's woolwork of three royal navy ships Circa 1885 The British sailor woolwork depicts an unusual scene of three different types of Royal Navy Ships which are all fly...
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1880s English Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wool

1 of 52 Handmade Antique Ceramic Tiles by Devres, France, 1920s
Located in Rijssen, NL
One of 52 antique French handmade ceramic tiles. Manufactured by Devres, circa 1920s. Colorful pattern in yellow, red and green. These tiles would be charming displayed on easels, fr...
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1920s French Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

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