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Folk Art Sculptures

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
Moroccan Decorative Dragon Sculpture Handbuilt and Handpainted by Potter Houda
Located in Marseille, FR
- Hand built decorative dragon sculpture - big format - made of clay collected from the potter's surroundings. - decorative motifs painted with a goat hair brush made by the potter...
Category

2010s Moroccan Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Clay, Earthenware

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Sculpture Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. Thes...
Category

2010s American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Beautiful Wooden Red Tang-Style Horse, Vintage Asia, 1980s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful decorative horse statue. Some wear with a nice patina, but this is old-age. Wooden horse colored in red, with some metal and stone parts. Very decorative and nice to disp...
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1980s Chinese Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Moroccan Decorative Horse Sculpture Handbuilt and Handpainted by Potter Houda
Located in Marseille, FR
- Hand built decorative horse sculpture - made of clay collected from the potter's surroundings. - decorative motifs painted with a goat hair brush made by the potter to apply natu...
Category

2010s Moroccan Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Clay, Earthenware

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Object Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. Thes...
Category

2010s American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Steel

The Eyes Say It All, Assamblage with Found Objects
By Rick Farrell
Located in Chicago, IL
A found object is a natural or man-made item, or fragment of an item that is found by an artist and kept because of some intinsic interest the artist sees in it. Beginning with Picas...
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2010s North American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Metal, Wire

19th Century Life Sized Horse Trade Sign from a Tack Shop in Pennsylvania
Located in Charleston, SC
19th century life sized horse trade sign from a tack shop in Pottsville, PA. Horse is made of cast iron, wood, and papier mâché. The tail and cast iron ears are removable. Original f...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Iron

American Vintage Toleware Metal Goose Decoy Table Sculpture
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Painted toleware metal goose decoy table sculpture, America, 1930s The metal decoy is seated in basic custom made oval wooden base.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Mexican Burnished Clay Hand Oaxaca Sculpture Mixtec Ceramic with Red Face
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
This Mexican red ceramic clay hand sculpture is a piece by artist Manuel Reyes. Made with clay from Oaxaca and Zacatecas, painted with oxides from the region. Done with the hand-mode...
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2010s Mexican Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Clay

Carved and Painted Merganser
Located in Nantucket, MA
Red breasted Merganser Drake carved in a sleeping pose. Made from Tupelo wood with carved eyes, pinned head, attached flat lead weight and leather line tie Great painted antique sur...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Softwood

Carved Wood Figure of a Dog
Located in Essex, MA
In a seated position. Provenance: Dingman Estate.
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Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Royal Doulton "the Carpet Seller" Moroccan Decorative Porcelain Figurine
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Royal Doulton "the carpet seller," Moroccan figurine of a carpet seller. Made in England, by Royal Doulton England, the "Carpet Seller," Royal Doulton, H.N. 1464, finely painted porc...
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Mid-20th Century English Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century Wrought Iron Dog Sculpture or Paperweight Of A Retriever
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
19th Century wrought iron dog sculpture or paperweight of a retriever.
Category

Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Wrought Iron

Abercrombie & Fitch Ceramic Piggy Bank
Located in Atlanta, GA
Abercrombie & Fitch ceramic piggy bank, England, circa 1950s. Modeled after their famous leather animal toys and footstools, this little piggie looks just like stitched leather, but ...
Category

1950s English Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Sculpture Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. Thes...
Category

2010s American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Chinese Painted Lucky Fish
Located in Chicago, IL
Hand-carved from reclaimed wood, this rustic fish sculpture recreates early 20th-century Chinese folk art designs. The fish is carved with a squat, rounded body and brightly painted ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Vintage Instructional Mushroom Model
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage instructional mushroom model from an art school in France. Entire set pictured together in last three images.
Category

1940s French Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Concrete

Signed Bustamante Brass Fireplace Screen / Wall Animal Sculpture
Located in Stamford, CT
Mexican artist, Sergio Bustamante wall sculpture or fireplace screen with a Garden of Eden menagerie of flora and fauna. Lions, giraffes, birds, butterflies, turtle, armadillo, rabbi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Copper

Mid Century Gerald Pat Hannah Canadian Carved Wood Figure Rose
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid century carved wood folk art figure by Gerald Pat Hannah, titled “Rose,” showing an old woman in a dark hat and coat with a purse on her arm. “One of the original three Hannah br...
Category

Mid-20th Century Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Hardwood, Paint

Early Leo Sewell Assembledge, Sculpture, Seated Male Figure
By Leo Sewell
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early Leo Sewell Assembledge. Sculpture, seated male figure, signed and dated, 1977. A charming array of whimsical found objects, Italian chair included.
Category

1970s American Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Monumental Dorothy Gillespie Metal Ribbon Wall Sculpture
By Dorothy Gillespie
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning Dorothy Gillespie metal ribbon wall sculpture, wonderful usr of color, texture and space. Photos do not do this piece of art any justice, truly beautiful in person, strong p...
Category

1980s American Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Hand-Carved Wood Folk Art Organic Ball Sphere
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique hand-carved folk art-style wood gazing ball. A friend of bookshelves and coffee tables. A lovely garden accent. An organic doorstop. A compliment to any room-- great suppo...
Category

20th Century Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Royal Doulton Porcelain Figurine, "The Mendicant"
Located in Ferndale, MI
High glazed, finely modeled bone china with exquisite colors. One of designer, Leslie Harradine finest Royal Doulton firgurines, "The Mendicant" (1929-1969). A smiling, humble, beard...
Category

Early 20th Century English Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Porcelain

Early 20th Century Hand Carved and Painted Chalkware Chimpanzee
Located in Brooklyn, NY
American painted chalkware chimpanzee circa 1920s. These figurines date back as far as the 1800s and were often used as carnival prizes. Chalkware is composed of plaster of Paris (a ...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Plaster

Antique 1930s Judge Theatre Papier Mâché Head from Paris
Located in London, GB
Antique 1930s judge theatre papier mâché head from Paris This lot is a rare original 1930s papier mâché French theatre heads. This item was obtained via a private collection in Ly...
Category

1930s French Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Paper

Moroccan Decorative Fish Sculpture Handbuilt and Handpainted by Potter Houda
Located in Marseille, FR
- Hand built decorative fish sculpture - made of clay collected from the potter's surroundings. - decorative motifs painted with a goat hair brush made by the potter to apply natur...
Category

2010s Moroccan Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Clay, Earthenware

Pair of Faux Bois Iron Log Sculptures
Located in Houston, TX
Unusual vintage pair of faux bois iron log planters or sculptures. This unique pair of faux bois sculptures would look great as a cocktail table accessory or in a bookcase. Real conv...
Category

Mid-20th Century Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Cute Pink Pig Porcelain Cigar Ashtray, Antique, German, 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Gorgeous vintage cigarette or cigar ashtray. A beautiful decorative item, with nice patina, probably missing something at the eye and also has a small chip at the rim (please see det...
Category

1910s German Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Vintage Instructional Mushroom Model
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage instructional mushroom model from an art school in France. Entire set pictured together in last three images.
Category

1940s French Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Concrete

American Cast Iron Mamie Door Stop with Original Paint, Circa 1890
Located in Charleston, SC
American cast iron Mamie doorstop with original paint, Late 19th century.
Category

1890s American Antique Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Vintage Bulldog Brush Holder
Located in Antwerp, BE
Lovely handcrafted wooden Brush Holder - Gentleman's Brush Set in the shape of a English Bulldog - American Bulldog - French Bulldog - Dog Figurine with glass Eyes. On the Bottom is ...
Category

Mid-20th Century European Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Achille D'Orsi Sculpture Pescatorello, Early 1900s
By Achille D'Orsi
Located in bari, IT
Bronze sculpture on black marble base depicting a young boy holding some pots. Engraved signature of the artist. Manufactured in Italy, early 20th century.
Category

Early 1900s Italian Antique Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Bronze

Moroccan Decorative Dragon Sculpture Handbuilt and Handpainted by Potter Houda
Located in Marseille, FR
- Hand built decorative dragon sculpture - made of clay collected from the potter's surroundings. - decorative motifs painted with a goat hair brush made by the potter to apply nat...
Category

2010s Moroccan Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Clay, Earthenware

Macy's Department Store Window Display Dogs 1930's
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Collie and Borzoi from a 1930s New York Macy's store display in New York. Collie dimensions: 34" x 22" x 13". Borzoi dimensions: 36" x 46" x 14".
Category

1930s American Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Composition

Native American Brown Faux Bois Ceramic Bust of a Warrior Titled Brave, 1969
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A faux bois ceramic bust of a Native American warrior titled “Brave”. This folk art piece is created in ceramic, and hollow on the inside. The sculpture depicts a Native American war...
Category

1960s American Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Ceramic, Paint

Polished Brass Monkey Paperweight Pen Tray Card Holder
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage office desk polished brass monkey paperweight, pen tray holder or card holder, eye glass holder, catchall. Handcrafted solid brass, Metal Art, Monkey is holding the tray on ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Andhra Pradesh Brass Vegetable Cheese Coconut Grater in the Shape of a Turtle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Andhra Pradesh solid brass cheese or vegetable grater in the shape of a turtle. Andhra Pradesh, in particular, has a history of outstanding metal workmanship or “Vishwakarmas”, which...
Category

20th Century Indian Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Brass, Copper

Antique Cast Iron Umbrella Back Plate of Admiral Nelson
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Antique painted iron plaque depicting a standing Admiral Nelson clutching a telescope in his only hand while standing next to an anchor wrapped in rope to one side and an anchor to t...
Category

19th Century Antique Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Large Figurative African Mangbetu Anthropomorphic Ceramic Vessel or Jar
Located in Studio City, CA
This is a wonderful piece likely made by the Mangetu tribe of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is finely detailed and quite large and hefty. These pieces were originally made...
Category

20th Century Congolese Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Terracotta

1880s French Horse Tricycle
Located in High Point, NC
A horse tricycle from France, produced circa 1880. An antique children’s toy in the form of a leaping white horse with black bridle on three iron wheels. A charmingly simple mechanis...
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Moroccan Decorative Hen Sculpture Handbuilt and Handpainted by Potter Houda
Located in Marseille, FR
- Hand built decorative hen sculpture - made of clay collected from the potter's surroundings. - decorative motifs painted with a goat hair brush made by the potter to apply natura...
Category

2010s Moroccan Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Clay, Earthenware

Bronze Framed Brass African Mask on Black Glass Table Art
Located in Miami, FL
Decorative bronze framed brass African mask on black glass table art. No markings. It is very heavy and shows a warm patina.
Category

Mid-20th Century African Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Bronze, Brass

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Object Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. Thes...
Category

2010s American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Hand Carved Wood Figural Bull Statue
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This skilfully executed hand carved figural bull is fully dimensional and has a rich brown color. The bull is depicted in a standing position atop a shaped wooden plinth. The muscula...
Category

Early 20th Century Unknown Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Pair of Triton Sea Shell Sculptures
Located in Forney, TX
A pair of unique folk art sculptures completely comprised of natural triton shells. Ball form, each spiral trumpet sea shell protruding outward, creating a distinctive multi-pointed ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Shell

Vintage German Christmas Tree Stand Iron Folk Art .
Located in Kitzbuhel, AT
Hugh Christmas tree stand made of iron. The stand is decorated with three large hands painted Santa Claus. The Santa Claus is decorated on both sides with a Santa in red coat holding...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Kentucky Horse Farm Fireplace Mantel Horse Legs
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This pair of giant sculptural wooden horse legs, at 5 ft. tall, was once part of a large mantel at the home of a horse ranch in Kentucky. Said to have been Amish carved.
Category

20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Antique German Black Forest Carved Violin Musical Group Table Lamp, c1880
Located in Big Flats, NY
Antique German Black Forest table lamp offers carved sculptural base with music instrument grouping to include violin, bow and book, wired for US electrical use, c1880 Measures - ...
Category

Late 19th Century German Antique Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Moroccan Decorative Cat Sculpture Handbuilt and Handpainted by Potter Houda
Located in Marseille, FR
- Hand built decorative cat sculpture - made of clay collected from the potter's surroundings. - decorative motifs painted with a goat hair brush made by the potter to apply natura...
Category

2010s Moroccan Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Clay, Earthenware

Italian Tole Potted Poppies Table Ornament
Located in Riverdale, NY
Italian cold painted tole poppies table ornament. The white scalloped footed pot holds a symmetrical cluster of large and small metal poppies in varied shades of pinky orange. The le...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Sculpture Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. Thes...
Category

2010s American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Object Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. Thes...
Category

2010s American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Ceramic Sculpture with a Group of Playing Putti's 19th Century Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful in detail and charming 19th century unglazed terracotta sculpture. Features a design of three cherubic children with lamps and fruit, playing with two goats on the base of ...
Category

1890s Belgian Antique Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Terracotta

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Sculpture Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. Thes...
Category

2010s American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Steel

Carved Wooden Sculpture by Ecuadorian Artist Luis Potosi
Located in Chicago, IL
A hand carved wooden sculpture by Ecuadorian artist Luis Potosi (1937 -). Artist plaque on the back.      
Category

Mid-20th Century Ecuadorean Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Satirical Hitler Figure from 2nd World War Occupied Denmark
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
This satirical Hitler sculpture was made to depict and mock the Nazi occupation of Denmark during 1940s. According to legend a Danish pig farmer kept this sculpture located in his pi...
Category

Early 20th Century Danish Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood

Antique Styled Folk Art Carved and Painted Wood Figure Hanging Sheriff Study
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Dating from possibly the Victorian period, this Folk Art styled carved and hand painted wooden sculpture depicts an effigy of a Wild West Sheriff hanging with his hands behind his ba...
Category

Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Hardwood, Paint

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Set of Two Nesting House Sculptures in Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is created from salvaged steel panels left over from his larger projects. These sculptures reference tradition...
Category

2010s American Folk Art Sculptures

Materials

Steel

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