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Folk Art Boxes

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
French 19th Century Folk Art Leather Box
Located in Buisson, FR
Beautiful weathered Folk Art box made out of wood and covered with leather. Working lock and key. France, circa 1850 Weathered, small losses.
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Leather, Wood

19th Century American Folk Art Parquetry Inlaid Box
Located in Chicago, IL
This 19th-century American Folk Art walnut box is a remarkable example of traditional craftsmanship and artistic expression. The box features a raised paneled domed top adorned with ...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Maple, Walnut

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 Boxes

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Tin, Copper, Brass

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Box
Located in Chicago, IL
This early 20th-century American Folk Art box is a stunning display of geometric parquetry in oak, walnut, and maple. The box features intricate inlaid patterns, including two-tone d...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Maple, Oak, Walnut

Mid 19th century Swedish painted table top writing desk
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 19th century swedish painted table top writing desk circa 1850. Good quality table top bureau, presented in original scraped back paint.  Made from solid pine and scraped back t...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine, Paint

Early 19th century Swedish painted blanket box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Early 19th century swedish painted blanket box circa 1816. Traditional rag painted swedish box which is initialed and dated 1816.  Flat top lid which makes it ideal for doubling up ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Metal

Scandinavian hand painted folk art pine box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Scandinavian hand painted folk art pine box circa 1850. Fine example of traditional Swedish hand painted woodenware. Slight dome topped lid which opens to reveal a unfitted interio...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine, Paint

Seashell Encrusted Lidded Box with Feet and Handles of Brass Seashells
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A large and well made wooden box of various encrusted seashells. The lid raises off to reveal a large and well made box for storage. The base has brass shell shaped feet and on eac...
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20th Century European Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

Mid 18th century Swedish pine chest decorated with labyrinth
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 18th century Swedish pine chest decorated with labyrinth circa 1730. Rare and beautiful swedish pine chest.   Traces of original paint to the outside with decorative metal strap...
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Mid-18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine, Paint

18th Century European Painted Bentwood Box
Located in Newark, GB
A lovely piece of Continental European folk art, this oval bentwood box has been painted with a landscape scene showing a huntsman with a rifle aiming at a stag or deer from behind a...
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18th Century European Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Bentwood

Victorian Era Tramp Art Chip Carved Trunk/ Box with Additional Glove Box
Located in Waxahachie, TX
2 handmade boxes included. Rare 1800s Tramp Art Lion Door knocker Hand Carved Storage Box / Jewelry Box / Crimson Velvet with Brass Hardware With intricate and elaborate decoration, ...
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19th Century British Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

Vintage Tin Box Cookie Jar Belsnickle Santa Claus Vintage Germany, 1930s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This beautiful decorative Christmas Tin Box with Santa or Belsnickle Picture is a true treasure. It was made in Germany, around 1930s. These are very har...
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1930s German Vintage Folk Art Boxes

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Tin

19th Century Folk Art Wood Black Painted Box
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Folk Art Wood Black Painted Box, Mid to late 19th Century. Charming handcrafted black painted box with unbeatable patina. The interior features off white paint and there is a bras...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

Folk Art Boot and Shoe Cleaning Box with Foot Shaped Shoe Rest
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Folk Art Boot and Shoe Cleaning Box with Foot Shaped Shoe Rest A handy and attractive little piece, the handle of the polish box doubles up as a rest to put the foot on to polish t...
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1960s Vintage Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Small mid 19th century Swedish painted pine strong box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Small mid 19th century swedish painted pine strong box circa 1842. Beautiful small scandinavian strong box, presented with scraped back paint to reveal original.  Feintly still bari...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine, Paint

Small Scandinavian 19th century original painted sarcophagus box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Small 19th century original painted sarcophagus box circa 1870. Beautiful decorative box with original paint.   Sarcophagus shaped lidded box in original paint with traces of origin...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine, Paint

Petite Indian Swivel Box
Located in Chicago, IL
This petite keepsake box with a swivel lid is crafted in the tradition of Indian bidri-ware, with a dark metal body decorated with simple silver inlay. Composed of a zinc and copper ...
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20th Century Indian Folk Art Boxes

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Metal, Silver

Indian Etched Brass Vanity Box, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This Indian three-tier box was crafted in the early 20th century and originally used as a vanity chest or jewelry box. Etched with an elegant all-over floral motif, the brass box is swathed in a rich red pigment with a metallic sheen and dotted with pops of blue, white, and green on the blossoms. Like an accordion sewing box...
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Early 20th Century Indian Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

Indian Brass Betel Nut Box, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This ornate Indian betel nut box dates back to the early 20th century. Known in India as a paan daan, this box was used in the ritual of chewing betel nut or...
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Early 20th Century Indian Folk Art Boxes

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Brass, Copper

Tramp Art Box, Large Scale and Unusual Form. Circa 1900
Located in Stamford, CT
Large scale tramp art box of unusual form. At 2 feet wide quite impressive in scale and equally impressive in the ambition of the craftsman who created it. The geometry of the psuedo...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

Small Swedish Folk Art Painted Box
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A Swedish allmoge folk art painted little box with a combination lock most probably from the region of Dalarna in central Sweden. Hand carved and origi...
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1920s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Round Primitive Ceramic Decorative Trinket Studio Pottery Dish with Lid in Brown
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A round studio pottery trinket dish in brown. This piece will be perfect for a nightstand, coffee table, or bar. It is round and glazed in a deep brown. The lid on the top features a...
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20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Ceramic, Clay

Early 20th Century Vintage Artists Paint Box and Pallet, Denmark
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Danish Vintage Artists Paint Box and Pallet, Early 20th Century Well loved Danish artists traveling wooden box with everything needed to paint on location. This charming box, acqui...
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Early 19th Century Danish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

19th Century American Nautical Inlaid Box
Located in Stamford, CT
19th Century American sailor made nautical themed inlaid ships wheel on the top, also called the helm. The front, sides and back are inlaid with geometric cir...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Ebony, Fruitwood, Mahogany

Pennsylvania Sponge Decorated Box On Later Stand
Located in Essex, MA
Square form with hinged lid with original brass bail handle. Faux bois decoration. The matt black painted wood base with square section legs and H form stretchers.
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1840s American Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Mid 19th century Swedish folk art painted box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 19th century Swedish folk art painted box circa 1865. Good quality swedish pine metal bound box.  Decorated with original ragwork paint and blue painted strap work.  Hand painte...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Metal

Vintage Hand Carved Nut Woodenware Catchall, 1960s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Found in Austria at an estate sale, this hand carved nut catchall is perfect for the collector. Nice Mid Century collectible to display in your home. Made by Talarico about 1960s.
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1960s American Vintage Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

A whimsical antique Black Forest hand carved wood figural tobacco humidor box.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A whimsical antique Black Forest hand carved wood figural tobacco humidor box. Modeled as a dog with removable head and glass inset eyes.
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20th Century German Folk Art Boxes

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Glass, Wood

Antique Tibetan Egg Shaped Box with Turquoise Blue Stone Inlay
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Antique Tibetan Nepal Egg Shaped Box with Gilt Interior and Turquoise Blue Stone Inlay. Antique Chinese Tibetan brass filigree with turquoise beads egg ...
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Mid-20th Century Nepalese Folk Art Boxes

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Multi-gemstone, Brass

Russian Lacquered Palekh Firebird Folk Art Keepsake Trinket Box USSR 5.5"
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage USSR Russian Firebird folklore / fairy tale keepake trinket box featuring hinged lid, footed base and red interior. Palekh Zhar-Ptitsa (Slavic Firebird) Chernishova (last na...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Boxes

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Hardwood, Lacquer

Tramp Art Match Book Sewing Box Early 20th Century
Located in Stamford, CT
Wonderful and whimsical tramp art sewing box made with old matchbooks. The colorful geometric patterns make this a compelling and just plain fun piece of folk art. Cloth top for hold...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Silk, Paper

Russian Hand Painted Lacquerware Palekh Miniature Table Box
Located in Forney, TX
A rare and exceptional finely painted vintage Imperial Russian lacquerware box. Exquisitely hand-crafted in the Palekhsky District (Палех) of wes...
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20th Century Russian Folk Art Boxes

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Lacquer

19Th Century Large Tramp Art Box
Located in Hastings, GB
A good sized tramp art box, three dimensional decoration to each side, the brass capped feet of inverted pyramid form, the inside of the lid covered in a rich burgundy velvet. Brass...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Brass

Mid 19th Century Swedish Folk Art small Travel box /chest with original paint
Located in Boden, SE
Mid 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Travel box from Skellefteå Västerbotten, Northern Sweden. Beautiful untouched original paint. Dated 1858 Decorated with handwrought iron around the ...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Iron

Butchers Balance Scales, Advertising Palethorpes’ Sausages
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Butchers Balance Scales, Advertising Palethorpes’ Sausages Palethorpes’ Sausage Scales with Brass Bell Weights The scale has a brass weight plate on one...
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1920s Vintage Folk Art Boxes

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Iron

Large Swedish Antique Folk Art Hand Made Pine Flour Box
Located in Kramfors, SE
Antique Swedish flour box made by hand in solid pine. The box is from northern Sweden and made around the mid 19th century, 1840 to 1850. The box is in untouched original condition w...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

3 19th century Hand Made Treen Items, Pounce, Plumb Bob, Bodkin
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
3 19th century Hand Made Treen Items, Pounce, Plumb Bob, Bodkin An interesting sewing item with a bodkin, needle case and thread winder in one, a Sycamo...
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Sycamore

Folk Art Hand Painted Trinket Box in the Style of Peter Hunt Circa 1940s
Located in Peabody, MA
Primitive hand decorated trinket box in the style of the noted Provincetown folk artist Peter Hunt, ca. 1940s. Humorous interior label indicates it is "four of four of a kind" and ...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Boxes

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Wood, Paint

Vintage Coastal Brown Rectangular Sea Shell Covered Box with Lid, Arthur Court
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A fabulous shell covered Folk Art box with lid. Covered in brown, black and cream conical shaped shells, it is a striking statement piece. The box which the shells cover, is created ...
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20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Shell, Wood

1960s Vintage Asian Large Hand Carved Wooden Humidor Footed Box
Located in North Hollywood, CA
1950s Vintage Asian Large Hand Carved Wooden Humidor Box. Hand-carved Kashmiri style Mid 20th century wood box richly decorated overall with s...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

Decorated Victorian Pine Blanket Box with Stud-work Design
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Decorated Victorian Pine Blanket Box with Stud-work Design This is a very attractive pine box, it has been decorated with a tulip design in brass stud work The pine has darkened w...
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Bespoke Wine Box Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Caddy
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Bespoke Wine Box Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Caddy This attractive piece can be put to many uses, with Christmas and Thanks Giving just around the corner, it would make a great hamper ...
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Early 2000s Folk Art Boxes

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Cedar

Early 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Travel Box / Chest with Originalpaint
Located in Boden, SE
Early 19th century Swedish Folk Art travel box from Skellefteå Västerbotten, Northern Sweden. Beautiful untouched originalpaint. Decorated with handwrought iron around the box and ov...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

1960s Vintage Moroccan Inlaid Hexagonal Wood Box
Located in North Hollywood, CA
1960s Handcrafted Bone Inlaid Trinket Moroccan Wood Trinket Box. Handmade artisanal mid century inlaid trinket decorative lidded Moroccan box. This hexagonal shaped decorative box ha...
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Boxes

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Bone, Fruitwood

19th Century Swedish Provincial Spice Box
Located in Mjöhult, SE
Charming 19th century Swedish provincial spice box in its original condition with two sliding doors and one drawer. The interior contains eight compartments intended for different dr...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Antique Swedish Small Handmade Folk Art Box
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish folk art box made by hand in solid Swedish pine. The box is in original condition with the untouched original paint. Made in northern Sweden around the 1860s. It has most lik...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Pine

Folk Art Geometric Inlaid Wood Small Hinged Box
Located in West Chester, PA
Hand made geometric inlaid wooden hinged xox with red enameled interior.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

Bespoke Wine Box Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Container This attractive piece can b
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Bespoke Wine Box Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Container This attractive piece can be put to many uses, with Christmas and Thanks Giving just around the corner, it would make a great ham...
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Early 2000s Folk Art Boxes

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Cedar

Swedish Butter Box with Zig-Zag Design
Located in Houston, TX
Swedish butter box with zig-zag design carved imprint. Light colored faded wooden finish. Note: Due to regional changes in humidity and climate during shipping, antique wood may shr...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Wood

Anniversary Magnum Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Caddy
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Anniversary Magnum Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Caddy This attractive piece can be put to many uses, with Christmas and Thanks Giving just around the corner, i...
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Early 2000s Folk Art Boxes

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Cedar

Vintage Indian Handcarved Wooden Decorative Box
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Handcarved wooden trinket box with carved geometric shapes, small handmade ornamental indentations and cream white decor on the lid. Rustic organic ...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Boxes

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Metal

Scandinavian Tine, or Svepask, Painted Bentwood Oval-Shape Box
Located in Houston, TX
Scandinavian tine, or svepask, painted bentwood oval-shape box circa late 19th century, probably from the Sogn og Fjordane region. Box is created from thin layers of steam-bent wood ...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Iron

Bespoke Wine Box Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Caddy
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Bespoke Wine Box Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Caddy This attractive piece can be put to many uses, with Christmas and Thanks Giving just around the corner, it would make a great hamper ...
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1990s Folk Art Boxes

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Cedar

Bespoke Wine Box Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Caddy
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Bespoke Wine Box Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Caddy This attractive piece can be put to many uses, with Christmas and Thanks Giving just around the corner, it would make a great hamper ...
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Early 2000s Folk Art Boxes

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Cedar

Bespoke Wine Box Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Caddy
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Bespoke Wine Box Gift Box, Tidy, Hamper, Caddy This attractive piece can be put to many uses, with Christmas and Thanks Giving just around the corner, it would make a great hamper o...
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Early 2000s Folk Art Boxes

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Cedar

A Treen Sphere Enclosing Needle and Thread Spool
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A Treen Sphere Enclosing Needle and Thread Spool A wonderful piece when unscrewed to open it reveals inside a needle case at the centre and a double thread spool which slips over it...
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Olive

Mid-18th Century Hand Painted Traditional Swedish Pine Chest
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid-18th century hand painted traditional Swedish chest/box, circa 1750. Stunning traditional Swedish box hand painted in the original paintwork. Decorated on all sides with swags...
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Mid-18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Boxes

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Metal

Antique Silver Repousse Islamic Talisman Holder
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Antique Silver Repousse Islamic Talisman box Holder. Large Berber tribal ethnic talisman pendant holder. In triangular shape, silver repousse talisman miniature case which would have stored select verses of the Koran Revelation considered to hold special protective powers. This would have originally been worn by someone to protect from the evil eye. The front has intricate, dense design., the back is plain, the box have been sealed and soldered to protect the scriptures. Large silver triangle pendant with hanging beads, embossed silver metal with geometrical relief and repousse. This beautiful antique ethnic piece could be worn as a piece of jewelry, pendant or pin broch, necklace, pendant. Silver Metal triangle shaped box with eleven hanging charms that will makes sounds to push away any bad spirit when moving. Great Islamic Folk Art, metal work, bold, beautiful and musical. The containers would have also held a miniature paper scroll containing a combination of prayers and Koranic verses. Material: German nickel silver. circa 1920s. Probably from North India, Kashmir, but similar to the North African Berber and Tuareg Jewelry...
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Early 20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Boxes

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Silver

Folk Art boxes for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique folk art boxes for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage boxes created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include decorative objects, folk art, more furniture and collectibles and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, softwood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Folk Art boxes made in a specific country, there are Europe, Scandinavia, and Sweden pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original boxes, popular names associated with this style include Berber Tribes of Morocco, Anthony Redmile London, Arthur Court, and Frank Finney. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for boxes differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $95 and tops out at $4,600 while the average work can sell for $848.

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