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Folk Art Decorative Objects

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
Hand Made Pottery Bowl from North Carolina
Located in High Point, NC
Nicely glazed hand thrown pottery bowl from Seagrove, North Carolina. The colors are beautiful in blues and browns, and would make a lovely addition to any table or room.
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1980s American Vintage Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Pottery

Westmoore Pottery Lion, Signed 2005
Located in High Point, NC
Large pottery lion of clear yellow glaze having applied curly clay mane, tail, and whiskers, pencil hole eyes, grinning expression, signed on the bottom "2005 WESTMOORE POTTERY DRF".
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Early 2000s American Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Pottery

19th Century Swedish Folk Art Wooden Bowl Dated 1871 Signed OAS
Located in Boden, SE
19th century Swedish folk Art wooden bowl dated 1871 Signed OAS A stunning antique organic wooden bowl with lovely patina & trace originalpaint. You can see the use of time. The bowl...
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1870s Swedish Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Pine

Vintage Folk Art Plaster Female Face Bust Head Sculpture Statue 11"
Located in Dayton, OH
20th century rough white ceramic sculpture / bust showing the head of a woman with a long aquiline nose and hair pulled up on her head. No signature. Dimensions: 7.5" x 11" x 11.25"...
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Late 20th Century Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Plaster

Timber rabbit carved early 20th century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A nice folk art carved polychrome timber rabit..Female… Beautiful pink, white, and black colors carved with very long ears and a great pair of eyelashes.. part of a collection that we are selling… We have one more of these timber rabbits..
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1950s Vintage Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Wood

Early 20th century Scandinavian pokerwork tine box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Early 20th century Scandinavian pokerwork tine box circa 1904. Beautiful quality small Norwegian pokerwork tine box.  Stunning desktop item, with carved dragons to the sides and aro...
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Early 20th Century Norwegian Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Pine

German Folk Art Grey and Cobalt Blue Stoneware Jar
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
A very decorative German folk art grey stoneware jar with cobalt-blue painting from the 1st half of the 20th century. Traditional Westerwald stoneware is a type of ceramic ware that was produced in the lower Westerwald and the Kannenbäckerland in the early modern period. Since the 17th century, it has been one of the dominant types of German stoneware. The technique for producing grey stoneware with cobalt blue painting proved...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Stoneware

German Folk Art Grey and Cobalt Blue Stoneware Jar
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
A very decorative German folk art grey stoneware jar with cobalt-blue painting from the 1st half of the 20th century. Highly extraordinary detail on this unique piece is the floral painting that looks a bit like a skull. Traditional Westerwald stoneware is a type of ceramic ware that was produced in the lower Westerwald and the Kannenbäckerland in the early modern period. Since the 17th century, it has been one of the dominant types of German stoneware. The technique for producing grey stoneware with cobalt blue painting proved...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Stoneware

German Folk Art Grey and Cobalt Blue Stoneware Jar
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
A very decorative German folk art grey stoneware jar with cobalt-blue painting from the 1st half of the 20th century. This piece has received a beautiful warm patina over the years. Traditional Westerwald stoneware is a type of ceramic ware that was produced in the lower Westerwald and the Kannenbäckerland in the early modern period. Since the 17th century, it has been one of the dominant types of German stoneware. The technique for producing grey stoneware with cobalt blue painting proved...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Stoneware

19th Century Indian Carved Wood Object
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
A beautiful Indian wood carving depicting a rider on horseback and a kneeling elephant. Probably second half of the 19th century. Highly decorative object with wonderful original pa...
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19th Century Asian Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Wood

Cast Bronze Korean Bird Vase
Located in Chicago, IL
20th century Korean cast bronze vase, standing stylized bird form supporting a vase on the back, carved with archaic motif.
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20th Century Korean Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Bronze

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 Decorative Objects

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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 Decorative Objects

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Oak

Antique Swedish Long Case Clock, Genuine Handmade with Original Blue Paint
Located in Kramfors, SE
Antique Swedish longcase clock from around 1820 to 1840. The clock was made by hand in Hälsingland in Northern Sweden. The frame is solid pine w...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Pine

NETO PARA - Vintage Glazed & Incised Pottery Vase - Brazil - Circa 1970's
Located in Chatham, ON
NETO PARA - Vintage studio pottery vase with a mottled copper glaze and incised decoration - signed on the base NETO PARA - Brazil - circa 1970's. The incised decoration covers the ...
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Late 20th Century Brazilian Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Welded Owl Metal Sculpture, France 1970s
Located in ROUEN, FR
Welded Owl Metal Sculpture, France 1970s. Handcrafted sculpture, composed of various metal pieces welded together. A nice piece of folk art with a lovely patina ! Note : On the ri...
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Mid-20th Century French Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Metal, Iron, Sheet Metal

Ken Edwards Signed Tonala Mexico Art Pottery Ewer Bud Vase with Bird
Located in Clifton Springs, NY
Vintage ceramic bud vase in shape of ewer was hand made by Ken Edwards in traditions of Tonala pottery. It is decorated with bird and abstrac...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Yellow Ochre - Vase o.1
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stoneware with wild clay slip 10.6 x 10 x 10 in 2024 The Yellow Ochre series showcases handcrafted creations adorned with wild clay pigments, drawn from nature's palette, in a symph...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Museum Series - Vase o.2
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Museum Series draws inspiration from ancient red earthenware, evoking timeless beauty and simplicity. Each piece embodies the spirit of these historic vessels, capturing their raw charm. Crafted with appreciation for early pottery's primal allure, these ceramics invite you to infuse modern life with the ancient world's untamed beauty, celebrating simple forms and earthy hues. Ugly Things et al...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Museum Series - Bowl o.1
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Museum Series draws inspiration from ancient red earthenware, evoking timeless beauty and simplicity. Each piece embodies the spirit of these historic vessels, capturing their raw charm. Crafted with appreciation for early pottery's primal allure, these ceramics invite you to infuse modern life with the ancient world's untamed beauty, celebrating simple forms and earthy hues. Ugly Things et al...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Antique Unusually Large Wooden Bowl, Swedish Handmade with Original Hardware
Located in Kramfors, SE
Unusually large wooden bowl from northern Sweden. The bowl is an antique from the early 1800s, made by hand and completely unique. It has original hardware and handles in iron. Attra...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Pine

Hand Carved Folk Art Willow Wood Angel Figurative Sculpture Poland C.1950
Located in London, GB
Hand Carved Folk Art Willow Wood Angel Poland C.1950 Willow votive figurine in the form of an angel. Hand painted. Rustic folk art for a touch of whimsy. In very good condition co...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Willow

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 Decorative Objects

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Pine, Paint

Vintage Brass Tennis Racket Clip 1980s
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Brass Tennis Racket Clip 1980s. A vintage paper clip holder featuring a brass tennis racket. Brass Tennis Racket Paper Holder Clip, Desk an...
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Late 20th Century French Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Brass

Vintage Folk Art Bob Dylan Bust
Located in Charleston, SC
This fantastic sculpture of Bob Dylan is made of plaster and finished in a verdigris patina and is gold leafed. Acquired from an Augusta estate, where there was a plethora of Bob Dy...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Gold Leaf

Antique Wood Animal Horse Sculpture, Northern Swedish Folk Art Original Paint
Located in Kramfors, SE
Antique wooden horse sculpture from northern Sweden. The horse is from around 1850 and has a body in pine with original paint. The sculpture is m...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

Materials

Pine

Vintage Deruta Italian Hand Painted Majolica Caffaggiolo Cachepot Jardinière 22"
Located in Dayton, OH
A beautiful 20th century Caffaggiolo jardiniere by Deruta pottery. Features a polychrome finish with elegant scrolling folitate motifs. The planter is handled with figural northwind ...
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20th Century Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Majolica

Vintage Deruta Italian Hand Painted Majolica Sun Face Cache Pot Jardinière 18"
Located in Dayton, OH
A beautiful 20th century jardiniere by Deruta pottery. Features a polychrome finish with elegant scrolling folitate motifs. The planter has three figural sunfaces along the exterior....
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20th Century Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Majolica

Earthenware Hungarian Pottery, circa 1900s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Earthenware Hungarian Pottery, circa 1900s Discover the enchanting charm of this antique Hungarian Folk Art pottery, a genuine earthenware treasure th...
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Early 20th Century Hungarian Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Earthenware

Earthenware Hungarian Pottery Hand Painted, circa 1900's
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Earthenware Hungarian Pottery Hand Painted, circa 1900's Discover the timeless charm and artistry of this original hand-painted earthenware pottery, ...
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Early 20th Century Hungarian Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Earthenware

Royal Doulton Porcelain Figurine “Omar Khayyam” Persian Scholar 1964
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Royal Doulton “Omar Khayyam” Persian Scholar 1964 Decorative Porcelain Figurine. Made in England, by Royal Doulton England. finely painted porcelain figure collectable, high gloss finish, marked on the bottom. This figurine was produced in England by Royal Doulton in 1964. The model number is HN2247. It was modeled by the artist N. Nicoll. Dimensions: 6.5 inches tall and 5.5 inches wide. Omar Khayyam was a famous Persian scholar who made contributions to mathematics, philosophy and astronomy. It would make a fine gift or a great addition to your collection. Maker Identification: He has a Royal Doulton crown and lion stamp on his under base identifying him as Royal Doulton Figurine...
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Mid-20th Century English Folk Art Decorative Objects

Materials

Porcelain

Earthenware Hungarian Pottery, circa 1900s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Earthenware Hungarian Pottery, circa 1900s This exquisite piece of European pottery, originating from Hungary, stands as a testament to the artistic ...
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Early 20th Century Hungarian Folk Art Decorative Objects

Materials

Earthenware

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 Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal, Silver

Earthenware Hungarian Pottery, circa 1900s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Earthenware Hungarian Pottery, circa 1900s This 19th-century glazed dark brown Hungarian pottery piece is a charming 10" high and 10" diameter antiq...
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Early 20th Century Hungarian Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Ceramic, Earthenware

Earthenware Hungarian Pottery, circa 1900s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Earthenware Hungarian Pottery, circa 1900s Step back in time and embrace the enchanting rustic elegance of the early 20th century, a treasure from th...
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Early 20th Century Hungarian Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Earthenware, Terracotta

Earthenware Hungarian Pottery, circa 1900s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Earthenware Hungarian Pottery, circa 1900s Discover the elegance of history with this Antique Terracotta Enamel Vase from Hungary, dating back to the...
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Early 20th Century Hungarian Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Earthenware, Terracotta

Vintage Folk Art Wood Sculpture of a Pig Running into a Tree by R. Harper 1991
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Folk Art Wood Sculpture of a Pig running into a Tree by R Harper 1991 This piece is a handcrafted wooden sculpture by artist R Harper signed and dated 4-91. This one of a kind flying pig sculpture is made of solid wood and had been hand-carved and hand painted by an artisan to create a stunning work of art. Colors are green and pink and brown. Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 5.5 inches. This sculpture is a statement piece, humoristic style wood farm sculpture...
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood

Vintage Asian Bronze Singing Hammered Footed Bowl 1950s
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Asian Hammered Footed Bronze Singing Bowl with inscriptions 1950s. Asian Bronze Vessel Singing Footed Bowl. Featuring hammered design of a ...
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Mid-20th Century Nepalese Folk Art Decorative Objects

Materials

Bronze, Brass

Vintage Monumental Carved Wood Tiki Sculpture. French Polynesia. Creation Sanobo
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage Monumental Carved Wood Tiki Sculpture. French Polynesia.Tahiti. Wonderfully carved, Strong presence. Carved signed Creation Sanobo,, (see photo). Hand delivery avail to New Y...
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1950s Polynesian Vintage Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Wood

American Folk Art Door Stop in the Form of a Sitting Cat, Early 20th Century
Located in Downingtown, PA
American Folk Art Door Stop in the form of a Sitting Cat, Early 20th Century This charming doorstop, crafted in the early 20th century, embodies the spirit of American Folk Art. De...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Iron

Vintage Hand Thrown Pottery Terra Cotta Vase, Signed
Located in Charleston, SC
This stunning studio pottery terracotta vase has beautiful applied leaves and stems. The inside of the vase has a lovely blue high glaze, ma...
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20th Century American Folk Art Decorative Objects

Materials

Terracotta, Paint

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 Decorative Objects

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Oak

18/19th Century Bodhisattva
Located in Stockholm, SE
Bodhisattva, a religious sculpture, probably made in India 1750-1850. The sculpture has been painted and gilded, but with very little remains. Bodhisattva, in Buddhism, is one who s...
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Late 18th Century Indian Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Wood

Antique Genuine Folk Art Swedish Unusual Blue Handmade Wood Plate or Trough
Located in Kramfors, SE
Antique Swedish wooden plate or trough made in northern Sweden around 1820 to 1840. The trough has original blue paint. The blue paint is unusual...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Pine

Tibetan Sheep Footstool w/ Natural Sheep Horns
Located in Norwalk, CT
The most charming sheep stool/sculpture we have ever seen. Wonderful quality featuring dense Tibetan wool coat, natural sheep horns and natural leather ears. Sheered lambswool covere...
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1990s Unknown Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Wool

Vintage Asian Bronze Singing Hammered Bowl
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Asian Hammered Bronze Singing Bowl 1950s. Asian Bronze Vessel Singing Bowl. A special collectible piece. Made from bronze, a good heavy wei...
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Mid-20th Century Nepalese Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Bronze

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 Decorative Objects

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Paper, Shell

Antique Large Swedish Stone Mortar, circa 1800
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
This large and heavy mortar made in stone are perfect for display and interior. Made in Sweden ca 1800s. This unique piece has its origin in the middle of Sweden and its was made wit...
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Early 1800s Swedish Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Stone

Large Vintage Majolica Pottery Teapot Purple Grape Bunches
Located in Charleston, SC
Majolica Teapot has crazed ceramic background, berry / grapes with vines. The design surrounds the spout. Vines continue around the handle. Hand-paint...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Majolica

Antique Unique Large Swedish Genuine Patina Folk Art Wooden Bowl
Located in Kramfors, SE
Unique Swedish folk-art bowl in a very unusual boat like shape. This wooden bowl is large and wide with date “1782” underneath along with a set of initials. An unusual detail is the ...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Pine

Brass Mortar and Pestle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A vintage Mortar and Pestle of brass. The piece is quite patinated, but could easily be brought to a full gleaming shine. Mortars and pestles ahve been around for many years = to c...
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19th Century European Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Brass

1960s Handmade Folk Art Decorative Trinket Bowl
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Midcentury Handmade Folk Art decorative trinket keepsake lidded bowl. Copper inlay Hand carved wood Unsigned 6 diameter x 2.25 h Preowned Vintage co...
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1960s Vintage Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Copper

19thc Miniature Original Painted Mustard Basket
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19thc Miniature original painted basket from New England in very good condition.Amazing mustard paint and condition.
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Hemp

Wrought Iron Rooster Candlestick Holder Horshoe Folk Art
Located in Vancouver, BC
For those brave enough to forge a life of light. The rooster lights the day at the crack of dawn to make claims to the work yet to be done. Out from the horseshoe sprouts this lovi...
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1940s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Wrought Iron

Helmet Coal Scuttle Planter
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Helmet Coal Scuttle Planter This bucket is a very attractive helmet shape, it is painted in black with a beaten Brass riveted hooped handles The Scuttle is in good antique condition, it is clean inside and would make a very unusual planter The Bucket is 13” tall including the handle, 11” long...
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1950s Vintage Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Brass

Original Red Painted Carved Pine Wooden Bowl, Sweden circa 1880
Located in Round Top, TX
Original Swedish Folk Art carved pine wooden bowl with original red paint and warm patina. These bowls were used throughout families and often passed down generation to next generati...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Pine, Paint

Original Red Painted Swedish Pine Wooden Bowl, circa 1880
Located in Round Top, TX
Original Swedish Folk Art pine carved wooden bowl with original red paint and warm patina. These bowls were used throughout families and often passed down generation to next generati...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Decorative Objects

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Pine, Paint

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 Decorative Objects

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Multi-gemstone, Brass

Folk Art decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique folk art decorative objects 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 decorative objects 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, metal and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Folk Art decorative objects made in a specific country, there are Europe, North America, and United States pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original decorative objects, popular names associated with this style include Mosche Bianche, Jim Rose, Berber Tribes of Morocco, and Tonala Pottery. 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 decorative objects differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $38 and tops out at $225,000 while the average work can sell for $1,105.

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