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Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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

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Plastic, Plaster, Paint

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

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Ceramic

Swedish Folk Art, Unique Blue colored 19th Century Large Farmers Bowl
Located in Langserud, SE
An large antique and unique organic wooden bowl. With highly appealing patina, with traces of use. This one in a unique blue painted color thats been patinated during its time. Produ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Mid-20th Century Clay Pot Found in Guerrero, Southern Mexico De Guerrero
Located in Guadalajra, Jal
The pichancha or Tlalchiquihuite is a clay pot with small holes, which is used to wash the nixtamal. This utensil allows you to strain the nejayote (the lime water in which the corn ...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Clay

Swedish Folk Art, Large Unique Early 19th Century Farmers Bowl Painted Wood
Located in Langserud, SE
An antique and unique organic wooden bowl. With highly appealing patina, faded painting on the bowl makes this a unique and desirable piece. Produced in Sweden, early 19th century. ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

19th Century Swedish Folk Art Bowl
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Swedish Wabi-Sabi ;) 19th century Swedish folk art turned bowl. Very well made, light, thin walls and with fantastic patination, dated 1868.
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19th Century European Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Vintage Blue and White Delft Porcelain Spoon Rack
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Stunning Vintage Delfts Blauw blue and white porcelain spoon rack in very good condition. Beautiful Dutch Delft hanging wall rack with blue and white hand painted houses and traditi...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Late 19th Century Nantucket Basket, by Mitchy Ray, circa 1920s
Located in Nantucket, MA
Late 19th century nantucket basket, by Mitchy Ray (1877 - 1956), circa 1920s, a large open oval basket with heavy rattan staves, cane weave, solid oak bottom plate and carved swing h...
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Cane

19th Century Swedish Folk Art Root Wood Bowl
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Fine organic mid 19th century larger Swedish folk art root wood bowl, signed AES and dated 1846.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Vintage Brass Duck Head Vide Poche Trinket Valet Tray
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Handcrafted decorative vintage collectible brass valet tray duck head shape. Beautiful handcrafted large cast brass bird form this handsome trinket tray is very well made and large ...
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Mid-20th Century European Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Brass

Swedish Wooden Bowl in a Primitive and Wabi Sabi Style, 1800s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and beautiful Swedish wooden bowl in a primitive and wabi sabi style. Original condition from the late 1800s.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Large Vintage Woven Wall Decorative Basket
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage large wicker basket. 27.5" diameter. Use for table display or wall decoration.
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20th Century Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wicker

19th Century Italian Wirework Basket
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful and very rare wirework basket with a great form. Iron and zinc, Italy, circa 1850-1900 Weathered.
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19th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Iron, Zinc

Swedish Folk Art, Unique 18th Century Farmers Bowl, Wood, Signed
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique and unique large organic and early farmers wooden bowl. Signed PSS. Produced in Sweden, 18th century. A knothole creates a beautiful void in the wood, adding to the sculp...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Swedish Wooden Root Bowl in a Brutalist and Wabi Sabi Style, Early 1800s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and beautiful wooden bowl in a wabi sabi style produced in Sweden during the early 1800s. In good vintage condition showing nice patina from use and age.
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1820s Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Pine

Signed 19th Century Swedish Wooden Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Wooden bowl in a painted pine. Made during the early 19th Century by P. Nordkvist. Beautiful condition.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Pine

Large Vintage Tribal Handwoven Ethnic Round African Basket
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large vintage Tribal handwoven bamboo ethnic round Asian basket. Beautiful artisanal handwoven basket with tribal designs and patterns all around. Large Asian rattan handcrafted de...
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Late 20th Century Asian Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wicker, Rattan, Seagrass, Bamboo

Swedish Folk Art Pottery, Group of 19th Century Pottery Farmers Bowls
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique and unique set of farmer’s ceramic pottery bowls. Produced in Sweden, 19th century. Examples from one collection, in different glazes with hand painted details.   Dimen...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Ceramic

4 Hand Made Wicker Nesting Baskets Fruit Bowls Native Shovel Dust Pan
Located in Dayton, OH
Set of four hand woven nesting baskets in the shape of dust pan, fruit bowl or shovel. Measures: Largest - 16” x 13” x 4.75” / Smallest - 8.75” x 7.5” x 2.75” (Length x Width x Dept...
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20th Century Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wicker

Jose Reyes Nantucket Basket, circa Early 1950s
By Jose Formoso Reyes
Located in Nantucket, MA
Very early vintage Nantucket Purse by Jose Formoso Reyes (1902 - 1980), Nantucket, circa 1950, an oval covered basket in the form of a woman's purse with cane staves and weave, shape...
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1950s American Vintage Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Cane, Wood

Two Swedish Cobalt Blue Candy Bowls, 19th Century
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Two cobalt blue candy bowls, 19th century, Sweden.
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Glass

19th Century Swedish Folk Art Root Wood Bowl
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Rather unusual blue painted early 19th century Swedish folk art root wood bowl, signed IISY MS and dated 1814.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Creamware Mochaware Bowl Decorated with Trees circa 1800
Located in Katonah, NY
WHY WE LOVE IT: visually, this bowl is in a class by itself! The bright yellow above the burnt orange and the dark brown "trees" is beautiful. This rare creamware mochaware bowl ha...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Creamware

Antique Folk Art Green Painted Strawberry Bucket Firkin Bushel Basket Pail
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Folk Art wooden firkin painted green with strawberries and black leaf border. Measure: 12".   
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Late 19th Century Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Hardwood, Paint

Swedish Folk Art, Unique Sizable, 18th Century Farmers Bowl, Wood, Signed
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique and unique large organic and early farmers wooden bowl. Signed JPS.R. Produced in Sweden, 18th century.       
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18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Swedish Folk Art, Unique 19th Century Farmers Bowl
Located in Langserud, SE
An antique and unique organic wooden bowl. With highly appealing patina, with traces of use. Produced in Sweden, 19th century. These bowls where very important for many families; t...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Nantucket "Double Lollipop" Basket, circa 1900
Located in Nantucket, MA
Antique and extremely rare Nantucket "double lollipop" basket, circa 1900, a shallow oval swing handled basket with carved wooden staves, handle and bottom plate, and cane weave. The...
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Early 1900s American Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

Materials

Cane, Wood

19th Century Swedish Root Wood Bowl
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Unusual 19th century Swedish spouted pouring root wood bowl. Signed A&D and dated 1878.
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19th Century European Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

Materials

Wood

Swedish Folk Art, Large Unique Red 19th Century Farmers Bowl
Located in Langserud, SE
An antique and unique organic wooden bowl. With highly appealing patina, with traces of use. Produced in Sweden, 19th century. This one with great patinated red color on it. These ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Swedish Folk Art, Unusually Large Unique 19th Century Farmers Bowl
Located in Langserud, SE
An antique and unique organic unusually large wooden bowl. With highly appealing patina, with traces of use. Produced in Sweden, 19th century. These bowls where very important for ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Danish Early 19th Century Apple Cake and Danish Donut Copper Pan
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Danish early 19th century apple and Danish donut cake copper pan Early Æbleskive or Danish apple pie donut pan.
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Early 19th Century Danish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Copper

Swedish Root Wood Bowl
Located in Houston, TX
Swedish root wood bowl: large hand-carved burled oval-like triangular-shape root wood bowl with exquisite patina.
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Miniature 19th Century Taghkanic Berry Basket
Located in New York, NY
19th c. Taghkanic miniature berry basket with tiny little heart-like handles. Scarce size and warm dry patina with traces of the original blue paint. Please note the sculptural bo...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Bentwood

19th Century Monumental English Harvest Basket
Located in Buchanan, MI
19th century monumental English harvest basket, great at the foot of a bed or amazing coffee table.
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19th Century English Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

Materials

Rattan

Nantucket Lightship Basket by Davis Hall, circa 1880
Located in Nantucket, MA
Antique Nantucket Lightship Basket by Davis Hall (1828 - 1906), circa 1880, made aboard the South Shoals Lightship. A shallow round open cane woven basket with oak staves, slender sh...
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1880s American Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Cane, Oak

Swedish Folk Art, Unique Patched Early 19th Century Farmers Wooden Bowl
Located in Langserud, SE
An antique and unique organic wooden bowl. With highly appealing patina, and the patchwork makes this a unique and desirable piece. Produced in Sweden, 19th century. These bowls whe...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

Materials

Copper

18th Century Swedish Root Wood Bowl
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Delightful 18th century Swedish root wood bowl with fantastic patinated surface, Ca 1780 Sweden.
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18th Century European Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Large American Turned Burl Wood Bowl, Late 18th-Early 19th Century
Located in Wiscasset, ME
Most likely ashwood, or possibly maple and Indian made. Great color with dry early surface and large size. No real condition issues. Measures: Height 4 1/4", diameter 16 1/4".
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Late 18th Century American Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Ash

"One Egg" Nantucket Lightship Basket, circa 1940
Located in Nantucket, MA
One egg Nantucket lightship basket in great condition with a rich honey patina. Constructed with Oak staves and swing handle, brass ears. Unknown maker, circa 1940.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

Large Antique Primitive Swedish Wabi Sabi Tray in Pine Produced in Sweden, 1800s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare antique Swedish tray in a wabi sabi and primitive style made out of solid pine with great and genuine grey patina. In good vintage and original condition with signs from age and...
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1870s Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Pine

Large Vintage Tribal Handwoven Ethnic Round Asian Basket
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large Asian rattan handcrafted decorative bowl on bamboo stand. Large vintage tribal handwoven bamboo ethnic round basket. Deep bowl shape, woven with seagrass technique and decorate...
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Late 20th Century Asian Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

Materials

Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan, Seagrass

American Craft, Sizable Mixing Bowl, Solid Wood, Pennsylvania, USA, 19th Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sizable mixing bowl. Produced in Pennsylvania, USA, 19th century.  
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

Materials

Wood

Beautiful Hand Turned Exotic Wood Bowl
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Out of an estate collection of hand turned bowls including some by Edward Moulthrop comes this unique beautiful hand turned bowl out of some exotic wood. Unsigned but quit beautiful.
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Small Rattan Wrapped Duck Basket
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Dimensions: 10" Wide 5" Deep 6" Tall.    
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20th Century American Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wicker, Rattan

Swedish Folk Art, Large Serving Bowl or Tray, Solid Pine, 19th Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A large farmers handcrafted form or tray or serving bowl or centerpiece. In solid pine wood. A highly functional object with a sculptural appearance.  
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Large Swedish Painted Blue Wood Trough
Located in Kramfors, SE
Painted blue wood trough from northern Sweden made around the mid 1800s. The trough is in untouched original condition with painted sides and a carved monogram underneath. Time has p...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Open Round Nantucket Signed Lightship Basket, circa 1950
Located in Nantucket, MA
A great basket in excellent condition made by Sherwin Porter Boyer (1907-1964). Made with oak staves and carved oak handle that is attached with brass ears. The basket bears Boyers s...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Mahogany, Oak

Swedish Red Painted Folk Art Bowl, Marked "Trysil" Early 19th Century
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Early 19th century red painted Folk Art bowl, Sweden, 1800-1825.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wood

Large Antique Swedish Folk Art Wooden Bowl
Located in Kramfors, SE
Unusually large wooden bowl in untouched original condition. The bowl is made from birch root and because of that organically shaped. Original hinges in handwrought iron. The red pai...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Birch

Studio Crafted Western Australian Blackboy Wood Bowl
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage hand turned live edge wood bowl Crafted in Western Australian Blackboy.
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Late 20th Century Australian Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

Materials

Wood

Davis Hall Nantucket South Shoal Lightship Basket, circa 1870s
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful and quite rare and hard to find nantucket lightship basket by Davis Hall, (1828-1906). Hall's baskets are prized by collectors of lightship baskets worldwide. This basket...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Cane, Rattan, Wood

Massive Wabi Sabi Primitive Root Bowl in Birch Produced in Sweden Early 1900s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and massive root bowl in a primitive and wabi-sabi style. Produced in Sweden and very organic shaped. In good vintage condition with some signs from age and use. Very unique bot...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Birch

Woven Tribal Basket Vase in Brown and Black
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A small woven basket shaped like a vase. Woven with natural fibers in geometric patterns, this small decorative piece of folk art would be beautiful on a nightstand or coffee table. ...
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20th Century Mexican Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Wicker

English Brown Wicker Dog Kennel Basket
Located in Houston, TX
English brown wicker dog kennel or pet carrier (circa 1900-1910), rare large-scale and in good condition. Forged iron door and latch loop. Door opening measures: 18.5 inches high x 1...
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Early 1900s English Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

Materials

Iron

Swedish Folk Art, Unique 19th Century Farmers Bowl
Located in Langserud, SE
An antique and unique organic wooden bowl. With highly appealing patina, with traces of use. Produced in Sweden, 19th century. These bowls where very important for many families; t...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

Materials

Wood

Oval Nantucket Lightship Basket
Located in Nantucket, MA
The basket has a warm honey patina, made with oak staves and swing handle, the handle has a brass pinned name plate attached to the top. The bottom plate is made out of Pine. Remnant...
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Early 20th Century North American Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Rattan, Oak

Split Bamboo Folk Art Woven Storage Basket with Handles
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A large woven bamboo basket with handles. The basket is a compliment to many spaces as a decorative piece, empty or to store blankets, textiles, magazines, craft supplies or kindling...
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20th Century Asian Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Bamboo

19th Century Small Swedish Folk Art Woven Basket
Located in Kramfors, SE
Northern Swedish small folk art basket made during the mid 1800s. The basket has the original paint. Handmade from tree roots that are braided. Good antique condition consistent with...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bowls and Baskets

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Organic Material

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