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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
Vintage Carved Wood and Poly Chrome Painted Figural Musical Clock Figurine
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This vintage hand carved and hand painted musical clock is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in or near Austria in circa 1950 in a Folk Art style. The carving depicts a male f...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Metal

Swedish Long Case Clock with Dating and Original Paint
Located in Kramfors, SE
Long case clock with red original paint from the mid 1800s. The clock is dated with the year 1847. Originates from Hälsingland, Sweden. The glass in the ring was changed during the ...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Pine

Antique French Clock Dial Face Wall Clock, Fully Working
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A charming antique French comptoise clock dial, beautifully naïve repoussé work surround with peacocks and swans, porcelain enamel dial with brass hands. Originally with a large weig...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Iron, Brass

Antique English Iron Clock Dial Face, Bird, Fully Working
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A lovely antique iron clock dial circa 1830 in its original enamel, charmingly decorated with a bird and flowers. With ancient craquelure, marks of a long life and its original handc...
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19th Century British Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Brass, Iron

Super Old Folksy Painted Wooden Clock
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Charming antique painted clock with chippy faded patina. Includes two weights and a pendulum. No idea if this can be made to work, but looks like the mechanism is there.
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Wood

World War 2 / WWII Era Wooden Airplane Propeller Folk Art Mantel Clock
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This wooden Folk Art made propeller clock is presumed to have originated in England and fashioned into a mantel clock in North America in circa 1960. The propeller has been cut and a...
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Mid-20th Century English Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Wood

Antique English Iron Clock Dial Face, Sailor Departs Ship Lyre, Fully Working
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A lovely antique iron clock dial dating from 1840 featuring the beautiful folk tale of a woman singing and playing a lyre for her lovers safe return from sea. Charming squirrels and ...
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19th Century British Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Brass, Iron

Early 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Wall Clock
Located in Kramfors, SE
Folk Art wall clock made during the first half of the 19th century. The clock is in untouched condition and with original paint. The mechanism is the same as it is in classic mora cl...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Pine

Original Acrylic on Wood Painting of Two Cardinals Nesting by A. Rangel Hidalgo
Located in Mexico, DF
Original signed acrylic painting on wood depicting a pair of Cardinals nesting by Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo. The painting was commissioned (and hence the name of the person that did) ...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Acrylic, Wood

Unusual Swedish Provincial 19th Century Tall Case Clock
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Rare and unusually large Provincial Swedish 19th century tall case clock in it's original finish. Dated 1867, Sweden.
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19th Century European Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Pine

Copper Tone Owl Sculptural Timer
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Vintage electric owl timer. Copper-painted metal red jewel style eyes. This piece is in excellent condition. Dimensions: 4.5" H x 2" W x 2" D
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Metal

Staffordshire Prattware Long Case Clock Model
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery Prattware model which features a long case clock with cherubs above the clock face, stood directly on the ground, no base. Flatback, decorated only to the front...
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1820s English Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Earthenware

19th Century French Comtoise Tall Longcase Painted Pine Clock
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A very tall rustic painted pine longcase clock having Folk Art floral decoration and pretty enamel face with ornate pressed brass figural top. Round piece of glass has been replaced,...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Wood

Scandinavian 18th Century Folk Art Carved Watch Holder
Located in Copenhagen, K
Very beautiful and original painted Folk Art watch holder, made for the pocket watch when you were not wearing it.
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Late 18th Century Danish Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Wood

19th Century French Wooden Clock Face
Located in Surrey, BC
Authentic clock face salvaged in the 1960s from a four-sided clock tower in France. Retains its original undisturbed first surface. Acquired from a private collection. Dimensions: 3...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Wood

Staffordshire Prattware Long Case Clock Model
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery Prattware model which features a long case clock with floral decoration to the front, stood directly on the ground, no base. Flatback, decorated only to the fro...
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1820s English Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Pottery

Folk Art Sailor-Made Vintage Seashell Long Case Clock
Located in Downingtown, PA
Folk art Sailor-made vintage seashell long case clock Early 2nd half of 20th century The shell-decorated clock consists of two pieces the hood and the body of the clock-both with...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Shell, Wood

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Antique Folk Art Carved & Painted Cane or Walking Stick with Exotic Bird Handle
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This unique and whimsical Folk Art walking stick is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in the United States in approximately 1930. The handle of this cane has been hand painted...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Clocks

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Antique Hand Carved Oak Wood Bust or Sculpture of a Religious Monk or Friar
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This well executed hand carved bust is unsigned, but believed to have been done in England in circa 1900 in the period Edwardian style. The sculpture is composed of solid oak and dep...
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Early 20th Century English Folk Art Clocks

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Oak

Antique Scandinavian Folk Art Carved Wooden Double Handled Pitcher
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique hand-carved wooden folk art pitcher is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Scandinavia, likely Denmark, is approximately 1890 in a period Folk Art style. The pit...
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Late 19th Century Danish Antique Folk Art Clocks

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Large European Folk Art Carved Wooden Standing Man Carrying a Basket Sculpture
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large Folk Art wooden sculpture is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Europe and most likely Italy in circa 1920 in a Folk Art style. This large wooden carved sculpture...
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Antique Carved Folk Art Wooden Wall Hanging Commemorating The Royal Mail
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large antique folk art hand carved wall hanging is unsigned but presumed to have been made in England in circa 1880 in the Victorian style. The wall sculpture commemorates the R...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Clocks

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Wood

Pair of Antique Folk Art Hand-Carved Wooden Circular Wall Plaques
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This pair of antique folk art carved wall plaques are unsigned, but believed to have originated from Greece in approximately 1920. These circular wall plaques are done with a softwoo...
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Early 20th Century Greek Folk Art Clocks

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Tiffany & Co. Antique Victorian Bronze Ornately Cast Figural Wall Clock
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Signed Tiffany & Co. antique Victorian solid bronze French wall clock with an elaborate figural cast bronze case depicting at the top, a maiden holding a wreath from an outstretched ...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Folk Art Clocks

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Bronze

Pair of Canadian Folk Art Carved Japanese Internment Camp Figures or Sculptures
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This pair of Folk Art carved figures is believed to have been made by a Japanese immigrant to Canada either while or after being interned by the Canadian government during the Second...
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Folk Art Clocks

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Softwood

Antique Folk Art Carved Wooden Sculpture of the 'Old Grand Dad' Whiskey Logo
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique Folk Art carved wooden sculpture is initialed on the base, but the artist is unknown. It is presumed this carving was done in the United States in 1945 in a Folk Art sty...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Hardwood

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Located in Downingtown, PA
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Unique Hide and Stag Heads Custom Wall Clock
Located in San Diego, CA
Very unique and interesting large custom wall clock. This custom made clock is beautifully covered in a brown hide in the entire face, with 4 brass stag heads located at points of th...
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1980s North American Vintage Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Brass

Antique French Clock Dial Face Wall Clock, Fully Working
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A charming antique French comptoise clock dial, beautifully naïve repoussé work surround with painted decoration, porcelain enamel dial with brass hands. Originally with a large weig...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Clocks

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Brass, Iron

Antique English Iron Clock Dial Face, Swan, Fully Working
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A lovely antique iron clock dial circa 1830 in its original enamel, charmingly decorated with a swan and romantic folly ruins. With ancient craquelure, marks of a long life and its o...
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19th Century British Antique Folk Art Clocks

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Brass, Iron

Irish Bog Ash Desk Clock
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a lovely piece of Irish Folk Art, namely, an irish bog ash desk clock over 3000 yeas old !! This is a piece of bog ash …….. petrified ashwood preserved by being submerg...
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20th Century Irish Folk Art Clocks

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Ash

  • Irish Bog Ash Desk Clock
  • Irish Bog Ash Desk Clock
  • Irish Bog Ash Desk Clock
  • Irish Bog Ash Desk Clock
H 5.75 in. W 9 in. D 2.2 in.
Amusing Figural Advertising Bronze Clock with Bears, ca 1920's
Located in Petaluma, CA
You can be the only one on the block to have this neat figural clock. Note the play on words, as it advertises for The Baer Company. This is a chunky and well made piece of collectib...
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Bronze

19th Century Gustavian Painted Wooden Clock Face
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Decorative clock face in original Gustavian paint on wood, Sweden, 1820s.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Clocks

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Wood

Antique English Clock Dial Face, Country Garden, Working
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A lovely antique iron clock dial circa 1830 in it's original enamel, charmingly decorated with country garden flowers. With ancient craquelure, marks of a long life and it's original...
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19th Century English Antique Folk Art Clocks

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Brass, Iron

Early 19th Century Northern Swedish Long Case Clock
Located in Kramfors, SE
Long case clock from northern Sweden. The clock has carved wooden decorations and is dry scraped to original paint. Dated 1822. Original mechanism, pendulum and weights. The clock fa...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Clocks

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Pine

  • Early 19th Century Northern Swedish Long Case Clock
  • Early 19th Century Northern Swedish Long Case Clock
  • Early 19th Century Northern Swedish Long Case Clock
  • Early 19th Century Northern Swedish Long Case Clock
H 92.92 in. W 23.63 in. D 8.67 in.
Early 19th Century Swedish Clock Cabinet
Located in Kramfors, SE
Clock cabinet form Västerbotten in northern Sweden. Combination furniture with a writers flap and clock. The furniture can be split by lifting off the clock. Touched - upped original...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Clocks

Materials

Pine

  • Early 19th Century Swedish Clock Cabinet
  • Early 19th Century Swedish Clock Cabinet
  • Early 19th Century Swedish Clock Cabinet
  • Early 19th Century Swedish Clock Cabinet
H 93.31 in. W 44.1 in. D 18.51 in.
19th Century Swedish Long Case Clock
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish long case clock from the area around Dalarna and south of Hälsingland. The clock is manufactured in a Classic more clock model. The paint is original and the clock has a pain...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Clocks

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Pine

  • 19th Century Swedish Long Case Clock
  • 19th Century Swedish Long Case Clock
  • 19th Century Swedish Long Case Clock
  • 19th Century Swedish Long Case Clock
H 77.96 in. W 21.66 in. D 8.67 in.
Mid-19th Century Northern Swedish Long Case Clock
Located in Kramfors, SE
Northern Swedish long case clock. Manufactured during the mid-19th century from Swedish pine. The clock was renovated and repainted in 1925. The clock comes with the original clockwo...
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Pine

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H 84.26 in. W 23.63 in. D 7.09 in.

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