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Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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
20th Century Italian Olive Pot
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Wonderful 20th century Italian olive pot, circa 1920. This pot retains its wonderful original distressed white paint, with an attractive amount of terracotta showing through. ...
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20th Century Italian Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Terracotta

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 Building and Garden Elements

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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 Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Danish Early 19th Century Iron Weather-Vane With Rose Finial, Dated 1821
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Danish early 19th century iron weather-vane with rose finial, dated 1821.
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Early 19th Century Danish Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Pair of Central Java Teak Stands
Located in Pasadena, CA
A pair of tall (46 1/2 inches) solid teak central Java plant stands, each with a deep black patina. The base upon which the plant sits rises from a graceful pillar that in turn rises...
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Mid-20th Century Indonesian Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Teak

19th Century Baroque Carved Polychromed Architectural Column Capital Table Pair
Located in Forney, TX
An early 19th century pair of Baroque hand carved and painted wooden architectural salvaged exterior building elements, now repurposed and fashioned for use as one-of-a-kind pedestal...
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Hand-Wrought Black Iron Snake Andirons
Located in St. Louis, MO
Vintage pair of hand-wrought black iron snake form andirons.
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Wrought Iron

Kentucky Horse Farm Fireplace Mantel Horse Legs
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This pair of giant sculptural wooden horse legs, at 5 ft. tall, was once part of a large mantel at the home of a horse ranch in Kentucky. Said to have been Amish carved.
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20th Century American Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Wooden Teak Primitive Naga Pot Barrel Planter in a Wabi Sabi Style, India
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare wooden "Naga" planter in solid teak produced in India around 30-40 years ago. Fits great into a wabi-sabi style. In good vintage condition with some signs from age and use. Stab...
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Late 20th Century Indian Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Teak

Pair of 19th Century Monumental Folk Art Doorways Mounted as Room Divider
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of monumental Folk Art doorways mounted as room dividers. These large and impressive very fine carved doors are hinged together and can easily come apart to be used as their int...
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Late 19th Century Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

Moroccan Handcrafted Set of 12 Cement Tiles
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Moroccan handcrafted and hand-painted cement tiles with traditional Marrakech color. These are authentic Moroccan encaustic tiles hand made by artisans in Fez Morocco. This is the ...
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1990s Moroccan Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Cement

Vintage Cast Iron and Concrete Garden Duck
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Vintage concrete and garden duck with cast iron feet. Old original paint surface.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Concrete, Iron

19th Century Hand Forged Heavy Iron Arrow
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic chunky 19th century hand-forged iron arrow. Great shelf decoration. Could be wall mounted. Very solid piece.
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

1 of the 20 Pcs Antique Ceramic Tiles with Fish by Onda Spain, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 20 pcs. exceptional antique border wall tiles, white with image of fish (Onda, Spain Valencia). The dimensions per tile are inch 8"(20.2 cm) × 8"inch (20.2 cm) x 0.78 (2 c...
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Early 1900s Spanish Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Folk Art Americana Victorian Carved Mirrored Carousel Panels
Located in New York, NY
5 American Victorian stripped and decorated carved carousel panels with oval etched mirror (priced each).  
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Decorated Dutch Antique Copper Bowl / Pot with Lid, 18th Century, Dated 1750
Located in Ijzendijke, NL
Antique copper bowl with lid, 18th century Beautiful and richly decorated antique copper pot with lid with a very attractive decorated decor of seed beads in Rococo style. There are...
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18th Century Dutch Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Copper, Metal

Antique Child's Wheelbarrow, Canadian, Mid-19th Century
Located in Downingtown, PA
Antique Child's Wheelbarrow, Canadian, Mid-19th century The Canadian child's wheelbarrow is inscribed "Normand St-Pascal PQ" in yellow on a red ground. Saint-Pascal is a city...
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Mid-19th Century Canadian Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Cast Iron Garden Gnome
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A whimsical statue of a cast-iron garden gnome with original paint.
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1930s American Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

1 of the 410 Handmade Antique Ceramic Tiles by Devres, France, 1910s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing and unique set of 410 antique French handmade ceramic tiles. Manufactured by Devres, circa 1910s. Stylized design. Notice that each pattern consists of 4 separate ...
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1910s French Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Vintage Copper Bathtub.
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Great vintage copper bathtup. Looks even cooler in person. Nice patina. Has one small crack at the foot of the tub that can easily be resoldered. Does not affect the tub holding wat...
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1940s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Copper

Wooden Architectural Gou Mata Temple Elements, India, Ca 1900
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Very decorative wooden architectural elements made in India around the year 1900. These carriers, each 28 centimeters high, were part of a temple or other prominent building and are ...
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Early 1900s Indian Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Green Swirl Ceramic Touring Pottery Folk Art Pot in Green and Brown
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful green, brown, and cream touring pot or planter. This piece is glazed on the interior in rich emerald verdigris blue-green glaze and will be perfect for use as a planter. ...
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20th Century American Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 350 Handmade Antique Ceramic Tiles by Devres, France, 1920s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is a large set of 350 antique French handmade ceramic tiles. Manufactured by Devres, circa 1920s. Colorful pattern in yellow, red and green. These tiles would be charming displa...
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1920s French Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Hand-Painted Wooden Double Doors in Original Frame, circa 1930
Located in Evergreen, CO
Hand-painted in the folk art style that is typical of the Northern European area of the Netherlands and Belgium, these charming doors in their original frame feature a floral and fow...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Cement Squirrel on Faux Bois Trunk-French
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Folk Art garden ornament, French painted cement squirrel on faux bois trunk. This is a rare piece of self-taught, outsider art.
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1930s French Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Cement

Wooden Teak Primitive Naga Pot Barrel Planter in a Wabi Sabi Style, India
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare wooden "Naga" planter in solid teak produced in India around 30-40 years ago. Fits great into a wabi-sabi style. In good vintage condition with some signs from age and use. Stab...
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Late 20th Century Indian Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Teak

1950s Vintage Irish Celtic Claddah Brass Door Knocker
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
1950s vintage Irish Celtic Claddah brass door knocker. A Traditional Celtic design with a centre heart and an Irish harp at the top The Claddah symbol originated in Ireland the k...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Italian Architectural Birdcage, circa 1910-1920's
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Small rectangular Italian bird cage as an architectural dome building with columns, front door and metal tray.
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Early 20th Century Italian Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Metallic Thread

Wooden Teak Naga Pot Barrel Planter in a Wabi Sabi Style, India
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare wooden "Naga" planter in solid teak produced in India around 30-40 years ago. Fits great into a wabi-sabi style. In good vintage condition with some signs from age and use. Stab...
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Late 20th Century Indian Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Teak

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 front and an open back. The roof is one car...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Stone

Pair of Green Hand Made Wooden Corbels
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Green corbels perfect to hold your shelf and bring some fun maximalist style to any wall. These are lightweight as they are made of wood. Each piece can be easily installed with scre...
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20th Century Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Wood

Pair of Vintage Triangular Pedestals
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of vintage triangular pedestals circa 1935-1965. Painted in primary color oil paint. Painted finish is old - not recent. Perfect as tall side table or stand. Can be cut down for...
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1960s American Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Wood, Paint

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 Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

St. Julien Weather Vane Attributed to J.W. Fiske 19th Century Full Bodied Metal
Located in Stamford, CT
St. Julien with Sulky Molded Copper Weather Vane, attributed to J.W. Fiske, New York, last quarter 19th century, full-bodied molded sheet copper horse and driver vane with cast iron ...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Copper

Large Antique Cast Iron Seated Frog Door Stop
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Large Antique cast iron seated frog door stop. USA, Circa 1920s. A rare and unusual model, of large size, depicts a seated green frog on a rock facing upwards. Retains original p...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

19th Century Cast Iron Native American Andirons, circa 1880
Located in Nantucket, MA
Rare 19th century cast iron Native American Andirons, circa 1880, thought to be an image of the Wampanoag Sachem Massasoit (1581 - 1661), early friend and protector of the nestling P...
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1880s American Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Antique Indonesian Temple Carved Stag Architectural Ornament
Located in Forney, TX
A rare and incredible Indonesian architectural Buddhist temple ornament from the 19th century or earlier. Likely originating in Bali, possibly even Burma, the Southeast Asian antique...
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19th Century Balinese Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wood, Paint

1 of the 55 Pieces of Jugendstil Tiles with Greyblue Bindweed, circa 1940
Located in Rijssen, NL
55 pieces of Jugendstil tiles with grey blue bindweed. The dimensions per tile are inch (15 cm) × inch (15 cm). Please note that the piece is for one piece! Condition is general...
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1940s Belgian Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

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 Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 40 Antique Ceramic Tiles with Fish by Onda Spain, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 40 pcs. exceptional antique wall tiles, white with image of a fish (Onda, Spain Valencia). The dimensions per tile are inch 8"(20.2 cm) × 8"inch (20.2 cm) x 0.78 (2 cm) ...
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Early 1900s Spanish Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Moroccan Handcrafted Encaustic Cement Tile Sample
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Moroccan handcrafted encaustic cement tile with traditional Marrakech color. These are authentic Moroccan encaustic tiles hand made by artisans in Fez Morocco. This is the tradit...
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1990s Moroccan Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Cement

18th Century Iron Weather-Vane with European Eagle Emblem on Wooden Stand
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Austrian-German hand crafted iron weather-vane with the eagle emblem. The eagle sits and rotates on a later 19th century black painted wooden stand.
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18th Century Austrian Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Iron

Set of 35 Antique Ceramic Tiles by Pas De Calais Desvres, France, circa 1850s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Recently lifted from its original home, this amazing and unique set of 35 antique French handmade ceramic tiles. Designed by Maison four maintraux-Hornoy and manufactured for Pas de ...
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1850s French Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

1 of the 36 Unique Antique Relief Tiles, circa 1920, Faiencerie de Bouffioulx
Located in Rijssen, NL
360 pcs. Exceptional antique wall tiles, circa 1922, Faiencerie de Bouffioulx. In the rich colors deep blue, honey, purple and greyish blue tones. The image is applied in relief. The...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Large Outdoor Weathered Cast Iron Horse Heads
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Pair of large outdoor weathered cast iron horse heads This super pair they have a good outdoor patina they have been guarding a front gate for many years, racing into the wind Th...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Iron

Set of Unique Antique 32 Ceramic Tiles with Fisch by Onda, Spain, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
34 pcs. Exceptional antique wall tiles, white with cobalt blue and moss green image of a fish (Onda, Spain Valencia). The dimensions per tile are 5.9inch (15 cm) × 5.9 inch (15 cm)...
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Early 1900s Spanish Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Vintage Carved Wooden Door Panels
Located in Napa, CA
Beautifully carved Pakistani wood doors from the 17th Century. Doorway consists of 3 panels.
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17th Century Pakistani Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Wood

1 of the 100 Unique Antique Relief Tiles, circa 1920 S.A. Pavillions
Located in Rijssen, NL
Several pcs. exceptional antique wall tiles, Société des Pavillions, Florennes (S.A. des Pavillions). Beautiful quality. The dimensions per tile are 5.9inch (15 cm) × 5.9 inch (15...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Vibrant Vintage Orange Wind Chime Bells of Santa Ynez California 1980s
Located in National City, CA
Vintage Hanging Pottery Wind Chime Bells of Santa Ynez California 27 tall x 12.75 w x 1.5 d Stamped Windchime, the Bells of Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara Ca Three bells made in pottery...
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1980s American Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Pottery

Wooden Teak Naga Pot Barrel Planter in a Wabi Sabi Style, India
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare wooden "Naga" planter in solid teak produced in India around 30-40 years ago. Fits great into a wabi-sabi style. In good vintage condition with some signs from age and use. Stab...
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Late 20th Century Indian Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Teak

Wrought Iron Armillary
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An Armillary is a measurement of the heavens that dates back to the 14th Century. In modern homes, beause they are usually made of wrought iron, they work very nicely in the garden a...
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20th Century European Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Wrought Iron

18th Century Copper and Iron Estate Made Weather Vane
Located in Hastings, GB
An incredible large estate made weather vane on a later base. Beautifully worn and with a wonderful patina, the vane features honest later repairs in copper to the centre, dating to ...
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1790s English Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Copper, Iron

Vintage Painted Iron Bird House Feeding Stand Tripod
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Charming One of a Kind Iron Bird House Feeding With a Heart as Window. The bird feeder is in its original paint and patina. The house has a rear door in working condition, that funct...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Iron, Sheet Metal

Sculpture of Hawk Perched Upon Tree
Located in Houston, TX
Sculpture of hawk perched upon tree, masterfully executed in concrete. Large scale and impressive, this evocative sculpture is suitable for display in both indoor and outdoor settings.
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1950s French Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Concrete

Early 20th Century Root and Twig Tabletop Plant Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early folky twig and root tabletop stand in great condition. This cool three-leg planter is so well made and has a great worn patina. It is very strong and sturdy.         
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Twig

18th Century Swedish Folk Art Door With Faux Marble Original Decorations
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An 18th century Swedish original painted Folk Art small door. The front side is all in original condition with working lock and original key (Request video). With faux marble paintin...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Pine

1 of the 40 Antique Ceramic Tiles with Fish by Onda Spain, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 40 pcs. exceptional antique wall tiles, white with image of a fish (Onda, Spain Valencia). The dimensions per tile are inch 8"(20.2 cm) × 8"inch (20.2 cm) x 0.78 (2 cm) ...
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Early 1900s Spanish Antique Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Several Antique Relief Tiles from S.A. des Pavilions, 1920s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Several pcs. exceptional antique wall tiles, Société des Pavillions, Florennes (S.A. des Pavillions). Beautiful quality. The dimensions per tile are 5.9inch (15 cm) × 5.9 inch (15...
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1920s Belgian Vintage Folk Art Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

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