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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
Antique Black Tramp Art Frame Folk Art Picture Frame Carved Wood Carved Oak
Located in Munich, DE
This fine size tramp art picture frame was hand crafted and hand carved in the last decades of the nineteenth century. It is decorated with for pointed stars, square and rectangular...
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1890s European Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Oak

Antique Tramp Art Folk Art Picture Frame Carved Wood Paper
Located in Munich, DE
This tramp art frame has been handcrafted around 1900. On the reverse of the frame one can see fragments of coloured card board with printed images typical of the period. The design ...
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Early 1900s European Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Oak

Antique Mid-19th Century Tramp Art Picture Frame Carved Oak
Located in Munich, DE
This large tramp art frame is handcrafted from carved oaksegments. It is in good condition with some minor losses to the edges. It has been photo...
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Mid-19th Century German Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Oak

Antique 1920's Folk Art Picture Frame Beach Souvenirs Photos Shells Sand Card
Located in Munich, DE
This highly unusual picture frame was handcrafted in 1920 ca, probably as a souvenir of a nice sea side summer holiday.. It is made out of cardboard and sand and decorated with a var...
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1920s French Vintage Folk Art Picture Frames

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Paper, Shell

Antique Folk Art Ornately Carved Wooden Picture Frame with Birds & Flowers
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This ornately hand-carved picture frame is unsigned, but presumed to have originated from Eastern Europe, and date to approximately 1920 and done in a Folk Art style. The frame is co...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Folk Art Picture Frames

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Softwood

1900s Octagonal Framed "Madonna and Child" Italian Oil Painting
Located in Catania, Sicilia
An Italian popolar oil on canvas depicting Madonna and baby Jesus, framed in a hand carved fruitwood frame. It's in perfect conditions.
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Canvas, Paint, Fruitwood

Antique Hand-Carved Folk Art Picture or Mirror Frame with Beaver & Leaves
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique hand-carved frame is unsigned, but originated from Canada and dates to approximately 1880 and done in the period Folk Art style. The frame is composed of solid walnut an...
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Late 19th Century Canadian Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Walnut

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

Beautiful Black Forest Frame Antique Brienz Folk Art, 1890s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A lovely picture frame made of hand carved wood, made in Germany around 1890s or older. Found at an estate sale in Nuremberg, Germany. It is not marked. A nice addition to your colle...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Wood

Tiger Stripe Maple Picture Frame. English, 19th Century
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful tiger stripe or flamed maple frame Solid wood. Not veneered Totally original patina. A delightful colour The measurement given below is the outside of the frame Free UK...
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1860s English Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Maple

Vintage Round Scalloped Capiz Photo Frame - India
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A round vintage scalloped capiz photo frame. This piece will be a great addition to a bedside table, bookshelf, or side table. The frame is created from pearlized capiz which is arra...
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20th Century Indian Folk Art Picture Frames

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Shell

Standing Wooden Sea Shell Encrusted Photo Frame for 4" x 6" Photo
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful standing sea shell encrusted photo frame. This frame holds a 4" x 6" photo and can be displayed horizontally or vertically. The frame is created using hand-applied seashe...
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20th Century American Folk Art Picture Frames

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Wood, Glass, Shell

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 19t...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Picture Frames

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Pine

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

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 ...
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18th Century American Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Metal, Tin

19th Century Gilt and Gesso Frame attributed to President James Polk Estate
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Early 19th century gilt and gesso picture frame. Found at an estate sale in Columbia, Tennessee. Objects from the sale were attributed to President James K. Polk's estate. Fantastic ...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Gesso, 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 ...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Picture Frames

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Wood

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Indian Chief Oil Painting in Gold Frame
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Painting of a Native American man with a head dress believed to by a tribal chief. This is signed and dated by Fred Grosson in 1981.
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19th Century Gilt Rustic Tramp Art Photo Frame, Austria, circa 1870
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Tramp Art Rustic Photo/ Picture Frame Hand Carved, Austria circa 1880
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
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Antique and Fine Quality Hand-Carved Wooden Picture Frame with Horse Theme
Located in Lisse, NL
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Picture Frames

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Antique French 19th Century Gilt Bronze Standing Picture Frame
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Magnificent elaborate gilt bronze picture frame with a guilloche inset matt. The frame with garlands and swags with original oval glass an metal back with easel.
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1880s French Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Ornate Sterling Silver Picture Frame
Located in Chicago, IL
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Hand Painted Picture Frame by MacKenzie Childs
Located in San Diego, CA
A nice hand painted picture frame by MacKenzie Childs, circa 1990s. The frame is in new unused condition and is for a 4" x 6" photograph; the over...
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Picture Frames

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Wood

Art Nouveau Carved Wooden Picture Frame with Klimt Print of "The Kiss"
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning Art Nouveau intricately carved dark wood frame. In original "as is" condition with minor scratching and chipping. Gustav Klimt print of "The Kiss" as a bonus.
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Early 1900s German Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Pair of 19th Century Tramp Art Photo Frames Hand Carved, Austria circa 1880
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Beautiful pair of smaller Tramp Art photo frames from the period in Austria around 1880. Elaborately hand carved out of bass this antique photo frames show the so-called "notch cut" ...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Tramp Art Photo Frame Rustic Style 19th Century, Austria circa 1880
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
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Late 19th Century Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Blown Glass, Softwood

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Located in Philadelphia, PA
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20th Century Unknown Folk Art Picture Frames

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19th Century American Tramp Art Picture Frame
Located in London, GB
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1904 Dutch Souvenir Tramp Art Picture Frame Folk Art Belgium WW1 Soldier Antique
Located in Sherborne, Dorset
Highly intricate piece of Dutch tramp art with original glass dating from 1904 - bought from a country house estate in Belgium - in very good condition for its age. At the top the word ‘Souvenir’, either side letters, ‘D’ and ‘E’, and to the bottom ‘1904’ with four inset glass cabochons. Included within the frame is a hand-tinted photograph /carte de visite...
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Early 1900s Belgian Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Tramp Art Picture Frame Late 19th Century Antique, German
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A petite German late 19th century Tramp Folk Art frame. This petite Tramp Art frame, circa 1880 comes from Germany and features a finely carved frame surrounding an original glass. Viewable picture size is approx. 7" high and 4 5/8" wide. It is a great example of the Tramp Art style, an art movement popular between the 1870s and the 1940s all around the world, particularly in the United States. It is characterized by the use of small pieces of wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to create utilitarian items such as boxes and picture frames. Artists use simple tools such as pocket knives...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Glass, Wood

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...
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20th Century Unknown Folk Art Picture Frames

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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

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 mixt...
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20th Century American Folk Art Picture Frames

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Antique Thomas Chambers School Folk Art Oil on Canvas of Cathedral Ruins, c1830
By Thomas Chambers
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique painting in the manner of Thomas Chambers offers folk art oil on canvas of the ruins of a Catholic church cathedral on a lake with boats an...
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19th Century European Antique Folk Art Picture Frames

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Canvas, Giltwood, Paint

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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Vintage Carved Wooden Votive or Picture Frame, Mid-20th Century, India
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage miniature architectural votive or picture frame. Mid-20th century, India. Wooden, hand carved, mid-20th century. Measures approx: 6 inches wide x 9 inches high. This vintag...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Picture Frames

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Wood

Vintage Carved Wood Votive or Picture Frame, Mid-20th Century, India
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage miniature architectural votive or picture frame. Mid-20th century, India. Wooden, hand carved, mid-20th century. Measures approx: 10.25 inches wide x 15.75 inches high. Ple...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Picture Frames

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Wood

Vintage Carved Wood Votive or Picture Frame, Mid-20th Century, India
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage miniature architectural votive or picture frame. Mid-20th century, India. Wooden, hand carved, mid-20th century. Measures approx: 6 inches wide x 9.5 inches high. This vint...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Picture Frames

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Wood

Folk Art picture frames for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique folk art picture frames for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Late 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage picture frames created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include decorative objects, folk art and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, softwood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Folk Art picture frames made in a specific country, there are North America, United States, and Europe pieces for sale on 1stDibs. 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 picture frames differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $350 and tops out at $12,000 while the average work can sell for $782.

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