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Folk Art Picture Frames

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
Early 19th Century Gilt and Gesso Picture Frame President James Polk Estate
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Early 19th century gilt and gesso picture frame. Found in President James K. Polk's estate in Tennessee. Fantastic alligatored gilded surface. Please see images. There are losses to ...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Gesso, Wood

Coastal Shiny Shell Folk Art Photo Frame
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful seashell encrusted photo frame. Accommodates two photos in an oval shape. Dimensions: 6.25" Wide 4.5" Tall 1" Deep.  
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20th Century American Folk Art Picture Frames

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Ceramic, Shell

Pair of American Folk Art Carved Wood Picture Frames, circa 1900
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of hand carved pine Folk Art style wall hanging picture frames. Wonderfully detailed naturalistic tree branch design. American, late 19th-early 20th century. In excellent a...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Picture Frames

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Pine

Antique Diminutive Folky Tramp Art Picture Frame in Red & Gold Paint
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine diminutive Tramp Art picture frame. With a crazed red wash and gold highlights. Found in a Pennsylvania estate. Simply a great piece of folk art! Date: 20th Cent...
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20th Century Unknown Folk Art Picture Frames

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Wood

Sculptural Tramp Art Double Sided Frame and Candleholder
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
A magnificent and elaborate hand-carved wood sculptural frame. It is mirror image double sided. The base reads "1945" & "SOUVENIR" on both sides. The frame is a heart shape with intr...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Picture Frames

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Wood

Round Scalloped Picture Frame in White Bone Inlaid
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Round picture frame with scalloped white bone inlaid. Nice small accent decorative picture frame handcrafted in India.
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Late 20th Century Indian Folk Art Picture Frames

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Bone

American Southwest Folk Art Carved Wood Frame with Porcelain and Metal Elements
Located in New York, NY
American Southwest Folk Art frame in hand carved and painted wood, assembled with white porcelain studs and dangles, metal elements and applied tin elements on the back side. Found i...
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18th Century American Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Tin, Metal

Large Rectangular Coastal Folk Art Sea Shell Encrusted Photo Frame
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Bring a little coastal decor into your space with this beautiful seashell encrusted photo frame. This frame is rectangular and hand-decorated with a mixture of cream and brown shells...
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20th Century American Folk Art Picture Frames

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Shell, Glass

Vintage US Map American Flag Wall Art
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful and original wall art in the shape of the US depicting the American Flag along with all it states. This piece of Americana dates from the 1990s and the artist is unknown. T...
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1990s American Folk Art Picture Frames

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Canvas

Rectangular Carved Wood Tramp Art or Prison Art Hanging Photo Frame, 1800s
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Tramp art is a woodworking style in which small pieces of wood, (primarily from discarded cigar boxes and shipping crates), are whittled, notched, and assembled into layers with geom...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Metal

Standing Wooden Sea Shell Encrusted Photo Frame
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful table picture frame created from wood and a variety of seashells. A fabulous way to accent any bookshelf or side table. Dimensions: 7.5" Wide 9.5" Tall 1.25" Deep....
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20th Century American Folk Art Picture Frames

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Shell, Glass, Wood

American 9x14 inch Folk Art Grain Painted Flat Panel Picture Frame circa 1840
Located in Hallowell, US
19th Century American Folk Art Grain Painted Flat Panel 9x14 picture frame. Rabbet Dimensions: 9" x 14" Frame profile: 1.5" Depth: 1" The frame is structurally sound with...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Wood

Late 19th Century American Pine Folk Art Frame, circa 1890
Located in San Francisco, CA
Late 19th century American pine folk art frame, circa 1890. A double portrait frame with a recessed back to accept glass and two mounted portraits. Very elaborate and precise deepl...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Pine

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Antique Folk Art Landscape Oil Painting on Board with Sheep, Circa 1890
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