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Folk Art Asian Art and 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
"Untitled" by Moshe Katz Mixed Media on Canvas
Located in San Diego, CA
Highly textured portrait of a jewish man. This piece is fascinating, original and signed. Moshe Katz was born March 2, 1937 in Bucharest, Romania. With his parents, he fled the Nazis...
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1960s Israeli Vintage Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Canvas, Acrylic

Handcrafted Antique Tinned Copper Metal Betel Box, India
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Beautiful handcrafted antique tinned copper decorative octagonal betel box with with lid, handle and brass latch. The metal is delicately and int...
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Early 20th Century Indian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Tin, Copper, Brass

Pair of Large Japanese Ceramic Shi-Shi Dog Roof Tiles, Bizen Kiln, 20th Century
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Pair of Large Japanese Ceramic Shi-Shi Dogs roof tiles, Bizen kiln, 20th c. Bizen kiln is one of the oldest and well known kilns in Japan. This is a very unusual pose of Shi-Shi Do...
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20th Century Japanese Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Clay

Pair of Antique Thai Ayutthaya Period Bronze Crowned Buddha Head on Wood Stand
Located in Forney, TX
A remarkable pair of Thai Ayutthaya period bronze crowned Buddha mounted on wood display stands. Thailand. 17th/18th Century Dimensions: (approx) Head: 15" High, 7.75" Wide, 6" Deep (tallest) Overall: tbd Provenance / Acquisition: Acquired from the highly reputable auction house Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas. 2024 March Fine & Decorative Asian Art Signature Catalog Auction #8155 Lot #78357 Condition Report: Attractive pair with beautifully aged patina, condition commensurate of age, use, and exposure. Scattered areas of desirable verdigris green patina and oxidation throughout to each. Minor loss to front shell point of one example. Small holes scattered throughout and scews/nails through each fixing both examples to wooden bases. Both well preserved and present superbly History: The first Crowned Buddha images or Jambupati Buddha statues are known to have been originated from the Pyu, where the Indian influence of Buddhist arts and non-Theravada Buddhism was extremely felt in those days. There may have been various background stories behind the crowned Buddha statues in the course of history but one of the most popular stories goes by the legend of Jambupati. This particular legend is not known in the home of Buddhism India, however the crowned Buddha statues have been attached to the name Jambupati as the Buddha is believed to have humbled a boastful and arrogant king Jambupati. The story goes on about how the Buddha transformed himself into a mighty king with a crown and jewelry and set himself a majestic yet incomparable palace. Seeing this, the king accepted the great ability of the Buddha and submitted himself to the Dharma and became a Buddhist monk. This particular story has gained a lot of popularity and stood the test of time in Burma as the number of Crowned Buddha statues in Burma is considerably great in amount. There are also other versions of the background story of crowned statues...
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17th Century Thai Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Large Framed Antique Korean Jakhodo Minhwa Folk Art Painting
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large Korean folk-art painting framed in a carved gilt frame under museum-quality acrylic glass. The ink and watercolor on paper was dated circa late 19th century to turn of the 20...
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Late 19th Century Korean Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Paper, Wood

Rare 15th Century Majapahit Terracotta Handmaiden Figure
Located in Brescia , Brescia
Step into the enigmatic world of Majapahit culture with this exquisite 15th-century terracotta handmaiden figure, a mesmerizing testament to Java's rich heritage. Believed to have o...
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15th Century and Earlier Javanese Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Terracotta

Very Tall Pair of African Marriage Figure Panels This is a very heavy pair
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Very Tall Pair of African Marriage Figure Panels This is a very heavy pair of large full-length figures, wall panels, they are African, carved and polychrome painted, modelled as a ...
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Teak

A Chinese reticulated jade plaque, on wooden stand, 19th C.
Located in Autonomous City Buenos Aires, CABA
A FINE ANTIQUE CHINESE PALE-CELADON JADE RETICULATED 'BOYS AND BATS' PLAQUE 19th -Century The pierced circular plaque carved with two boys, one clutching a lotus flower and the oth...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Jade

Bronze Statue Sculpture of Ganesh Indian or Nepalese Bronze Hindu Statue
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Indian or Nepalese Ganesh Ganesha Bronze Statue Sculpture. Beautiful bronze sculpture of Ganesh with a nice aged patina. From a collection of Asian and ...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Indonésie - Grande Paire de statues Panthères Noires en bois peint
By Artistic Carving Company
Located in TOULON, FR
Indonésie début 20 ème siècle Importante paire de panthères Sculptures décoratives, presque grandeur nature, en bois sculpté et laqué noir, représentant deux panthères la gueule ouve...
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Early 20th Century Indonesian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

Bronze Toy Horse
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Cast bronze toy horse on four wheels. Reminiscent of early 19th century Indian toys, these pieces were often left as offering in temples for children to find. The gift of the horse t...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Japanese Mingei (Folk) Gathering Basket
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Japanese Mingei (Folk Art) Gathering Basket This hand made gathering basket is from Northern Japan. It was most likely a gathering basket. However, it could be utilized in different applications. It closes by pulling-up on the straps, and the 30 one-inch (in diameter) metal rings closes it. The heavy straps on the backside run all through the bottom, and perhaps, it was a backpack, as the heavy straps were designed for field or farm work. It is a Folk Art item in very good condition considering its use and age. Applications and Uses: Wall Art When it was photographed, very interesting shadpws appeared The top 4 inches is an unusual design of open-work, different from the main body. Dried Materials Knitting Basket...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Natural Fiber

Zabihi Collection Chinese Pictorial Scatter Size Early 20th Century Rug
Located in New York, NY
Scatter size Chinese Peking rug from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century with an animal pictorial motif Measures: 1'11" x 3'7".
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Early 20th Century Mongolian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Wool

African Batik Cloth Natural Hand-woven Hand-Printed Cotton Fabric Ghana 10 Yards
Located in North Hollywood, CA
African Batik Cloth Natural Hand-woven Hand-Printed Cotton Fabric Ghana 10 yards. Colors are organic earth tone beige and light brown in geometric design. Non waxed fabric circa 1950s. Hand made in Ghana Africa. Museum Quality Original Long Piece. 380 inches, (30 ft 10 yards Long) x 46 inches Inches Wide( 4ft). Could be use to make pillows or upholstery. History of Batik in Africa: Batik, a traditional fabric art technique, has a rich history in Ghana, West Africa. The practice of batik involves using wax to create intricate patterns on fabric, which is then dyed to achieve the desired design. While batik has its origins in Asia, particularly in Indonesia, it has been embraced and adapted by various African countries, including Ghana. In Ghana, batik-making can be traced back to the mid-20th century when it gained popularity as a form of traditional textile art. The craft was introduced by artists and artisans who were inspired by the vibrant and expressive nature of batik. These early practitioners experimented with different designs, colors, and patterns, infusing local themes and motifs into their creations. Over time, batik became an important part of Ghanaian culture and identity. It is not only used for clothing but also for various decorative and functional items such as wall hangings, tablecloths, and accessories. The art form often reflects the rich cultural heritage of Ghana, incorporating symbols, proverbs, and traditional stories into the designs. Ghanaian batik artists often employ a combination of traditional and contemporary elements, creating a unique fusion of styles. The process of making batik involves applying hot wax to the fabric using various tools to create the desired patterns. The wax acts as a resist, preventing dye from penetrating the waxed areas. After dyeing, the wax is removed, revealing the intricate designs on the fabric. Today, batik-making in Ghana continues to thrive as both a traditional craft and a form of artistic expression. Many artisans and designers draw inspiration from Ghana's diverse cultural landscape, incorporating elements from different regions and ethnic groups into their batik creations. The art form has also gained international recognition, with Ghanaian batik products being sought after both locally and abroad. In summary, the history of batik in Ghana is a testament to the creativity and adaptability of artists who have embraced and transformed this traditional technique into a vibrant and culturally significant art form within the country. HISTORY OF BATIK In the mid-nineteenth century, the Belanda Hitam, or "Black Dutchmen," are said to have introduced batik to West Africa after serving as indentured soldiers for the Dutch in Indonesia. Returning from their conscriptions with trunks of fine Javanese batik, the opulent patterns captured the imagination of their friends and relatives. However, textile history is complex, and only a handful of recruits returned to West Africa with batik due to delayed payments. Batik, with roots traced to Egyptian mummies, is a tradition found globally, from Southeast Asia to Japan and India. Europeans, particularly the Dutch, played a significant role in industrializing batik from the seventeenth century onward. In West Africa, Dutch Scholar Ineke van Kessel suggests that batik arrived from India over trans-Saharan routes. Local populations, like the Yoruba in Nigeria, incorporated wax printing into their textiles. European traders brought wax and non-wax fabrics to West Africa in the seventeenth century, targeting a population ready for their consumption. European designers adapted prints for the African market...
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Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Cotton

Antique Bamboo Straw Hat / Wabi Sabi , Display
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
An old hat hand-woven bamboo and straw. We found this in Japan, but it's not clear where or when it was made. The texture of the bamboo that has changed over time is amazing. This wo...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bamboo, Straw

Vintage Burmese Betel Box “Kun-It”
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage Burmese Betel Box “Kun-It”, a cylindrical woven container with a deep lid and shallow interior tray, all covered in layers of red black and...
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Mid-20th Century Burmese Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bamboo, Lacquer

Soapstone Hand-Carved Bust of Brahma with Four Faces
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This bust is a beautiful representation of lord Brahma. Brahma is a part of the holy trinity of Hinduism along with Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the destroyer. He is depicted in Hi...
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20th Century Thai Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Soapstone

Hindu Bronze Horse and Chariot Temple Toy on Wheels India 1950s Collectible
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Antique hindu bronze Temple horse and chariot statue toy on wheels. This collectible bronze temple toy horse is heavy and the sculptural details are full of artisanal charm and irregularities. The wheels turn independently of the iron axles, and it has clearly been loved and well used by generations of children. Antique cast brass iron horse and chariot Indian temple toy. The horse and chariot both have wonderful detail, the wheels roll freely. This unique Hindu temple toy piece is: 5. 1/2" tall and 8" long x 4.5 " Wide. In great condition with a nice aged patina. Handcrafted in India, would make a beautiful statement on a desk or bookshelf. Commonly known as "Temple Toys," these cast brass figures date back to the early-to-Mid-19th Century India. They were mainly used as devotional donations for Khanodba and Shiva in Central India, as well as Ayyannar and Karuppan in Tamil Nadu. Dating from the last half of the 19th century, this was a temple offering, left by the devout at Hindu temples this bronze temple toy would have been given to the children waiting for their parents during temple services in India. Since ancient times, a person was held in high esteem for the donation of a horse or other animal to one of the Gods. It was believe that these bronze figures allowed the God to come to the aid of the devotee in times of need. These figures would be left as offerings in a nearby temple, where children would often find them and use them as toys; hence the name "Temple Toy. " Antique East Indian Temple Toys, Devotional Shrine Brass Horse and Chariot on Wheels, Hindu, Collectible, Cast Metal Horse, Museum. Cast bronze horse with elaborate caparisoned high pommelled saddle and trappings, and a braided mane and tail, the legs ending in wheeled axels the chariot. From the Art collection of Marian and John Scott. Acquisition date: 1969. Purchased from the amazing private collection of Mark Lissauer who spent his life collecting niche ethnographic pieces. About Mark Lissauer: Mark Lissauer spent forty years travelling abroad for months at a time collecting ethnographic artefacts primarily from New Guinea and the islands of the West Pacific, and from Asia and Himalayan countries. Fluent in five languages and having in the course of business travelled to more than forty countries, Mark is well-known to museums and art-collectors around the world for his long career and his interesting and diverse collection of rare ethnographic material. Mark knows the origin and symbolism of each piece. Through extensive research and more than ninety trips around the globe, Mark familiarised himself with the traditions of the various cultures he visited in order to understand the meaning of each object to its region and tribe. His home has a specialist library and several rooms are filled with tribal carvings, textiles and ethnographica. He acquired his first tribal piece in 1948 during a business trip to Milne Bay, New Guinea, and has since documented the acquisition of some 35,000 items. Several thousands of these have been sold to important private collections and museums worldwide, including the Rockefeller Museum, the British Museum and the Musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, now incorporated into the Louvre Museum. Estimator by Wayne Heathcote Tribal Art Dealer and Expert. Heathcote has a flash gallery in Brussels, where much of the tribal art business is centred, and is an expert at Sotheby's tribal art sale...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Antique Bamboo Straw Hat / Wabi Sabi , Display
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
An old hat hand-woven bamboo and straw. We found this in Japan, but it's not clear where or when it was made. The texture of the bamboo that has changed over time is amazing. This wo...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bamboo, Straw

Balinese Painting, Artwork, Folk Art, 1980s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Balinese Painting; Artwork; 1980s; Balinese Art; Bali; Folk Art; Balinese painting, dating from the 1980s. Balinese art has traditionally called upon religion (Hinduism), people, and the island itself. Bali’s art...
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1980s Balinese Vintage Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Canvas

Polychrome Wood Thai Dancer, 19th Century
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Thai Dancer in a classic pose, balancing on a wooden base. Graceful and expertly executed. The losses of paint in some places lend to the beauty of the piece.  
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19th Century Thai Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

Southeast Asian Bronze Rain Drum Green Verdigri Cocktail Table 22 In. Diameter
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large Southeast Burmese Bronze Asian Rain Drum Side Table: This impressive 22-inch diameter Asian cast bronze rain drum features intricate detailing with traditional geometric relief...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Vintage Burmese Betel Box “Kun-It”
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage Burmese Betel Box “Kun-It”, a cylindrical woven container with a deep lid and shallow interior tray, all covered in layers of red black and...
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Mid-20th Century Burmese Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bamboo, Lacquer

Southeast Burmese Bronze Asian Rain Drum Side Table 30 in. diameter
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large Southeast Burmese Bronze Asian Rain Drum Side Table: This impressive 30-inch diameter Asian cast bronze rain drum features intricate detailing with traditional geometric relief...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Asian Gilded Porcelain Elephant Ornament Paperweight Sri Lanka
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Asian Gilded Porcelain Elephant Ornament Paperweight from Sri Lanka. Charming Mlesna porcelain with gold and red on white. This porcelain elephant wi...
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Late 20th Century Sri Lankan Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Antique 19th C. Brass Betel Nut Cutter from India Collectible Asian Artifact
Located in North Hollywood, CA
A late 19th or early 20th century Indian brass betel nut cutter from the North Western regions. This is a betel-nut cutter made of brass using casting technique with bird motifs and...
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Late 19th Century Indian Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Japanese Cast Iron Tea Pot (Tetsubin) of Square Form with Anchor & Sword, Signed
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
19th Century Japanese cast iron teapot or tetsubin of cube form with anchor chain handle, one side cast with a navel anchor continuing around the back and to the top where the top ri...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Iron

Antique Brass Betel Nut Cutter from India Collectible Asian Artifact
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Antique Brass Betel Nut Cutter from India Collectible Asian Artifact This excellent piece of art from India, made in solid brass, nut slicer or nut cracker which is two halves made w...
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19th Century Indian Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Antique Brass Betel Nut Cutter from India Collectible Asian Artifact
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Antique Brass Betel Nut Cutter from India Collectible Asian Artifact. Add a touch of cultural and historical significance to your collection with this antique Indian Sarota or Betel ...
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Late 19th Century Indian Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Korean Folding Chaekgeori Painted Scholar Floor Screen
Located in Atlanta, GA
A six-panel painted folding floor screen from Korea circa early 20th century. This type of screen is called Chaekgeori (books and things) which is quite unique to Korea. It became popular at the end of 18th century favored and encouraged by King Jeongjo (1752-1800) as a political tool to promote social conservatism such as the traditional Confucianism value, especially considered important in a time when waves of new ideology influx came to Korea. Initially commissioned for the royal court, they became increasingly popular with the scholars of noble and affluent household and used it widely in their halls and studies. Early screens were painted with trompe-l’oeil bookcases displaying books and arrays of collectibles. Later, the bookcases were eliminated to focus on the assemblage of neatly stacked books and objects of scholarly pursue. On this screen, the six panels were neatly presented and framed in woven brocade borders. Among the stacked volumes, one can find many fine porcelain vases with flowers, potted orchids, pen holders with brush pens and scroll paintings, incense burner, ink stone, teapot, fan with ink painting, vessels of fruits, exotic plants such as lotus, plumeria and even a pair of glasses. It feels like a pleasant visual measure hunting for the viewers. Several words in Chinese found their way into the picture as well, including filial (xiao), longevity (shou) and luck (fu). The painting was done in a meticulous way with no details overlooked and also with a rather western still-life dimensional perspective. In a rather unusual maximal but also minimalistic way, the screen exudes a folky charm but appears modern at the same time. Each panel is 17.5"w by 70.2"h. For general information on the subject see reference: Chaekgeori the Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens...
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20th Century Korean Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Brocade, Silk, Wood, Paper

Antique Pair of Cased South African Ostrich Eggs Hand Painted
Located in Lincoln, GB
These antique pair of cased South African ostrich eggs is a unique and exquisite addition to any collection. The eggs are hand-painted with intricate designs, showcasing the talent a...
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19th Century South African Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Ostrich Eggshell

Antique Korean Carved Polychrome Wooden Buddhist Figure Sculpture
Located in Forney, TX
Bring a touch of peaceful tranquil serenity and help ward off sickness and negative energy with this large Joseon dynasty (1392–1910) antique Asian hand carved and painted wood Buddh...
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19th Century Korean Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

Antique Korean Bandaji from Jeju Island
Located in Atlanta, GA
An antique Korean Bandaji from Jeju Do (Jeju Island) circa 19th century. Made from hardwood planks (possibly pine or pearwood) and stained in a dark color...
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19th Century Korean Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Iron

Zabihi Collection Chinese Blue Scatter Size Rug
Located in New York, NY
Scatter-size Chinese Peking rug in blue from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century. Measures: 2'6" x 4'2''
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Early 20th Century Mongolian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Wool

Rare Antique Japanese Carved Stone Garden Cottage Model
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Rare and complete Antique Japanese carved stone architectural model of a traditional Folk Cottage. Having a doorway and grid window at the fron...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Stone

Carved Wood Sculpture of the Hindu Deity Nandi With Pedestal, Circa 1920
Located in Point Richmond, CA
South Indian carved wood sculpture depicting the Hindu Deity of Nandi, a recumbent black bull figure, known within the Hindu faith as the vehicle for Siva, often depicted in sculptur...
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20th Century Indian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Hardwood

Vintage Bronze Gold and Green Thai Figurine of Prince Rama with a Bow
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage bronze statue in gold and green of Prince Rama shooting an arrow. The large bronze sculpture depicts Lord Rama, a revered figure in Hindu mythology, standing majestically wit...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Set of Shipwreck Bottles from Indonesia c. 1600
By Asia Rattan
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
A set of 3 shipwreck bottles from a Shipwreck off the Coast of the Indonesian Island of Batam. Batam was one of the most substantial and influential ...
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16th Century Indonesian Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Ceramic

Vintage Pichhavai Painting of Krishna with Female Gopis Dancing
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large Vintage Pichhavai Painting of Krishna with Female Gopis Dancing. Colorful Pichhavai hand painted on cotton cloth, circa 1940, depicting a scene from the life of Krishna, in a garden setting. One of a kind Pichhavai painting of Krishna with female Gopis dancing, the composition is enclosed in a lush green forest and the colors of the dresses play off against the vegetative forms, adding a lively pattern to the whole composition green and black border with stylized floral motifs on a blue ground, border composed of meandering leafy vines and multicolored flowers. A Pichhavai painting depicting Krishna, represented in multiple places with female Gopis dancing and offering, great colors, the composition is enclosed in a lush green forest and the colors of the dresses in yellow and oranges play off against the vegetative forms, adding a lively pattern to the whole floral composition, with a colorful Gopis and worshipers. A beautiful antique early 20th century Pichhavai painting depicting Krishna represented in multiple places with Gopi dancing. This piece is all hand painted in pastel colors. It is believed that Krishna enchants the world, but Radha enchants even him. Therefore, she is the supreme goddess of all and together they are called as Radha-Krishna. Gouache on cloth. Rajasthan Jaipur, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Decorative Art. One of a kind hand-painted. Some damages on the corners. Not framed will be shipped rolled. Dimensions height: 47.25 in. width: 36.5 in. A Picchawai is a large-scale temple hanging made for temporary use in a Pushti Marg shrine. The Pushti Marg (Path of Grace) is a Hindu sect that focuses on the worship of Krishna. One of a kind large size painting on cloth depicting the story of Krishna from a young age. Hand Made painting on cloth.This is an exceptional example including quality of line and design. Not framed, will be shipped rolled. Hand painted in India Lord Krishna Beautiful Hand Painted Indian Traditional Religious pichwai with gopis .... "Maharaas" Maharas is one of the wonderful pastimes of Shri Krishna. It was conceived by the Gopis in Vrindavan in the month of Margashirsha. The gopis worshiped Goddess Katyayani continuously for one month on the sands of Yamuna in Vrindavan and chanted daily. Lord Krishna had to come because of his love and penance. Krishna created Maharas by holding different forms with each gopi there The A picchawai is a large-scale temple hanging made for temporary use in a Pushti Marg shrine. The Pushti Marg (Path of Grace) is a Hindu sect that focuses on the worship of Krishna. Pichhwai paintings...
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Early 20th Century Indian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Cotton

Vintage Banjara Ethnic Embroidered Chaakla with Mirrors, Wall Hanging, India
Located in North Hollywood, CA
A beautiful vintage Indian textile from Gujarat. India – Gujarat floss silk embroidery Chalka folk art textile, vintage wall hanging. Antique Banjara Embroidered Chaakla textile with Mirrors, Wall Hanging, India. Banjara tribal Chaakla textile wall decor, India. This handwoven base cloth is embellished with mirrors and hand embroidery work. Antique Textile Folk art. Great piece of textile for framing or hanging on the wall. This piece was made for personal use, and was well used. Embroidered ceremonial cloth, square hanging folk art...
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Early 20th Century Indian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Linen, Silk

Brahma - Four Faces - Eight Arms Sculpture Statue Vintage 1980s, Asia
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A decorative handmade sculpture or statue. Showing Brahma, the first of the three Hindu trinity, he is the creator of the universe. He is depicted with four faces looking at the four...
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20th Century Thai Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Metal

Tibetan Buddhist Deity Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Cast Bronze Sculpture
Located in North Hollywood, CA
A metal cast bronze finish on brass in beautiful posture figure of Tibetan Buddhist Padmapani Deity Avalokiteshvara Beautiful Asian sculpture after the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Padmapani, bearer of the lotus) Dimensions: Height : 8.5 inches Width : 4 inches Depth : 2.75.inches. Asia, Nepal circa 1950's. "The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is the Buddhist embodiment of compassion. He is often portrayed as an elegant and gracious youth. The cult of Avalokiteshvara worship originated in India and spread across Asia, along with other Buddhist philosophies and practices. In some places Avalokiteshvara eclipses the Buddha in importance. Buddhist rulers, such as Prince Shotoku in Japan and the Dalai Lama in Tibet, have been seen as incarnations of this saviour. In Nepal, Buddhism flourished alongside Hinduism long after the religion had lost favour in India. Although the kings of the Early Malla period who ruled the Kathmandu Valley were Hindu, some of the greatest artistic achievements of the age were Buddhist. This gilt copper figure...
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Mid-20th Century Nepalese Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Korean Minhwa Jakhodo Tiger and Magpie Scroll Painting on Silk, 19th Century
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderfully painted and detailed Korean folk art Minhwa Jakhodo (The letters “jak” means magpie; “ho” means tiger; and “do” means painting) Tiger and Magpie Scroll Painting. The pi...
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19th Century Korean Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Silk, Wood, Paint

Vintage Hand Carved Hard-Wood Elephant Sculpture
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage hand carved hard wood elephant sculpture. Large heavy ebony dark wood hand carved Anglo Indian elephant sculpture. Gorgeous vintage black hand carv...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Hardwood

19th Century Antique Large Carved Wood Asian Lions a Pair
Located in Portage, MI
A beautiful pair of 19th century large carved wooden asian lions with wonderful patina. Possibly Chinese as they were in a collection of mostly Chinese fur...
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Late 19th Century East Asian Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Hardwood, Paint

20th Century Uzbek Cotton and Silk Ikat Chapan Robe
Located in London, GB
20th century Uzbek cotton and silk ikat chapan robe Uzbekistan, 20th Century Height 122cm, width 153cm Historically, an ikat chapan robe was a status symbol worn by nomadic tribes and settles in Uzbekistan as well as other Central Asian regions. Paired with belt, tunic, and trousers, the brightness of colours and intricacy of the embroidery were indicators of the wealth of the wearer. The robe in Mayfair Gallery’s collection is brightly coloured with large, red and yellow geometrical patterns on a cream-coloured base. The inside of the robe is also patterned, with red floral motifs formed in a geometrical and symmetrical pattern. The outside trim of this silk and cotton ikat chapan robe is elegantly embroidered with white and red patterns. Such embroidery carried symbolic meaning, protecting the wearer from evil spirits. The long sleeves are a beautiful design feature, intending to cover the wearer’s hands and protect them from cold temperatures. Worn by both men and women, this eye-catching Uzbek robe...
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20th Century Uzbek Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Textile

Vintage Handmade Rajasthani Patchwork Tapestry, India
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage Rajasthani Patchwork Tapestry, handcrafted, of several small irregular embroidered “patches” heavily embroidered with gold and silver paper-wrapped threads couched down in a multitude of colors, some with reflective mirror...
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20th Century Indian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Cotton

Antique Balinese Calendar, Palelintangan, Kamasan, Bali, early 20th century
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Antique Balinese Calendar, Palelintangan, Kamasan, Bali, early 20th century, known as "tabing plintangan", a large rectangular plain weave natural co...
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20th Century Balinese Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Cotton

Fine Antique Huge Hand Carved Folk Art Rabbit, Signed
Located in South Burlington, VT
Coming from an American Folk art collection of animal sculptures- only one. A fine huge, signed, and heavily hand carved charming erect rabbit measuring 21 inches tall and 9 inches wide- one of the largest hand carved rabbits...
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20th Century American Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

Vintage Burmese Kalaga Tapestry Pillow Cover Warrior and Horses, 1950s
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage 1950s Burmese Kalaga Tapestry pillow warrior and horses. Elaborately detailed vintage Burmese Kalaga tapestry made into a pillow cover...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Velvet

Large Incised Lacquer Hsun-ok Offering Box With Interior Tray, Bagan, 20th C.
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Exceptional Large Incised Lacquer Hsun-ok Offering Box With Interior Tray, Bagan, 20th Century.   The large round bowl form is for holding cooked rice and the interior tray is for ho...
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20th Century Burmese Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood, Lacquer

Zabihi Collection Chinese Peking Scatter Size Early 20th Century Rug
Located in New York, NY
Scatter-size Chinese Peking rug in blue from the 2nd quarter of the 20th century. Measures: 2'2" x 4'4''
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Early 20th Century Mongolian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Wool

Large Vintage Framed Pichhavai Painting of Krishna, Radha and Gopis by Moonlight
Located in Morristown, NJ
Vintage Pichhavai painting on fabric of Krishna, Radha and female Gopis. Krishna walking with Radha and the Gopis by moonlight. The colors, details...
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1970s Indian Vintage Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Fabric, Wood, Paint

Hand Painted Folk Art Table Lamp, Eva Fritz-Lindner Masterwork , One of a Kind
Located in South Burlington, VT
A whimsical and unique Eva Fritz-Lindner hand painted Folk Art table lamp complete with new custom fitted linen shade. Here's a beautiful and unique way to accent your home or office, or make a charming gift to someone special. This is a unique hand painted pottery table lamp fitted with a beautiful rectangular linen shade. It is hand painted in lovely cobalt blue and cream colors designed and hand painted by the now deceased master artisan Eva Fritz-Lindner working at Staatliche Majolika-Manufaktur Karlsruhe over the past 50 years. Creative design, lovely vivid colors in cobalt blue and creams over a natural terra cotta pottery base , good opportunity to display a functional one of a kind work of art. Glaze: Fine colors that only Eva Fritz-Lindner could execute by hand Designer signature: signature i 3 on pottery base It would surely "pop" out and create pleasant conversation in splendid fashion in your favorite spot! Dimensions: table lamp with shade 33.5 inches high; shade only is 11.5 inches high x 18 inches wide and 11 inches deep. hand painted pottry base is 21 inches high and 8.5 inches diameter at mid section. We have installed this sculptural lamp with a 72 inch cord - all mounted on a handsome round hardwood stand. Quality: Very good Only one. Most of her larger pottery sculptures such as this, were likely produced in less than 25 copies Based upon research and all were hand painted individually by this artist ensuring each work of art was indeed unique. Provenance: pottery lamp base...
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20th Century German Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

Materials

Iron

Large Vintage Framed Pichhavai Painting of Krishna Playing His Flute
Located in Morristown, NJ
Vintage Pichhavai painting on fabric of Krishna playing is flute with Radha and female Gopis gathered by his side. The colors, details and facial ex...
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1970s Indian Vintage Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Fabric, Wood, Paint

Antique Architectural Hand Carved Wood Temple Sculpture from India
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Antique Architectural Hand Carved Wood Indian Temple Sculpture from Gujarat. An Indian hand carved architectural temple carving from Gujarat w...
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19th Century Indian Antique Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Wood

Asian Gilt Bronze Teppanom Kneeling Thai Sacred Angels
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Two Asian gilt bronze Teppanom kneeling Thai sacred angels. Bronze gilded temple guardians in a sitting position. These temple guardians were made in Th...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Antique Hindu Bronze Temple Horse and Chariot Statue Toy on Wheels India
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Antique hindu bronze Temple horse and chariot statue toy on wheels. Commonly known as "Temple Toys," these cast brass figures date back to the early-to-Mid...
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Early 20th Century Indian Folk Art Asian Art and Furniture

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Bronze

Folk Art asian art and furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

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