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French Provincial Decorative Objects

FRENCH PROVINCIAL STYLE

Removed from the fashions of the court, French Provincial style developed in the provinces of the country, such as Provence, Normandy, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. Dating to the 17th and 18th centuries, French Provincial furniture was not as ostentatious as the designs being produced for the royal palaces, but elegant S-shape cabriole legs and ornate carvings elevated the sturdy chairs, sofas, tables and bedroom furniture intended for everyday use.

Although it varies by region, antique French Provincial furniture is unified by solid construction and an artisanal attention to design. While this furniture often followed the metropolitan trends — including the Rococo or neoclassical aesthetics of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI — since it was produced in the French countryside it was more subdued with nods to its rustic settings.

Local materials like fruitwoods, oak, beech and walnut were used to construct large French Provincial armoires for storage and comfortable armchairs with rush-woven seats. Wrought-iron elements and carvings like floral details and scallop patterns were common as ornamentation. Furniture was frequently painted white or other muted colors that coordinated with gilt and would acquire a patina of age over time. Other wood was just stained with vibrant fabric such as toile de Jouy, which sometimes depicted pastoral scenes, adding color as upholstery.

The style arrived in the United States after World War I, with soldiers returning home wanting furniture like what they had seen in the rural homes and castles of France. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, designer John Widdicomb split from his family business, the Widdicomb Furniture Company, and had been focusing on Louis XV– and French Provincial–style furnishings since the early 1900s. Other American manufacturers such as Baker, Drexel, Henredon and Thomasville also responded to demand. Today antique French Provincial pieces and reproductions continue to be popular.

Find a collection of antique French Provincial dining tables, seating, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: French Provincial
Small French Mustard Color Glazed Confit Jar
Located in Troy, MI
Found in France, this French confit jar dates from approximately 1915. This piece stands 7.25” high and has the traditional form with a wide vessel body and two handles on the sides ...
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1910s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Glass Obelisk Candelabras by Baccarat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Mid-Century Modern neoclassical glass Obelisk candelabras by Baccarat. Handblown, etched and beveled translucent crystal. They also feat...
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21st Century and Contemporary French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Alpine Folk Art Waxed Milk Bowl, France, c. 1850
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mountain Bowl for Goat's Milk
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1850s French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood

French, 17/ 18th Century Hand Forged Iron Candleholder
Located in Buisson, FR
Very old and beautiful hand forged iron candleholder. France, circa 1650-1750. Weathered.
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17th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

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Iron

French Terracotta Antique Water Holder Pottery Handmade Pitcher Vase Centerpiece
Located in Labrit, Landes
French terracotta from the 19th to the mid-20th century. This kind of pitcher was used to keep the well water cool. This jug kept the marks of the fire when it was put in the oven to bake the earth. This gives very authentical and aesthetic nuances to the patina of the all pitcher. The top was glazed to make this part more resistant to handling and pouring water...
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Late 19th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Terracotta

French Provincial Hand-Carved Olive Wooden Basket or Fruit Bowl
Located in Rümmingen, BW
French provincial hand-carved olive wood basket. Its rustic and imperfect appearance is characteristic of artisanal items from the south of France. Perfect for displaying fruit or ...
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Mid-20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

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Wood, Olive

Medium Early 20th Century French Pot with Handles & Green Accents
Located in Troy, MI
Found in France, this circa 1900 traditional rustic French pot is 9” tall with two curved handles and a pale mustard glaze with an abstract green branch design. Some scattered wear w...
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Early 20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Antique Early 20th Century French LX Style Walnut Burl Ormolu Wall Clock 34"
Located in Dayton, OH
An Exceptional early 20th century French wall clock. Features a beautiful case with matchbook walnut, crossbanding, inlay and ornate ormolu. Features a unique shaped glass window wit...
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Early 20th Century French Provincial Decorative Objects

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Walnut

18th Century French Glazed Porcelain Apothecary/Pharmacy Jar - 'EXT: ALOËS S:'
Located in North Miami, FL
Late 18th Century french glazed porcelain apothecary/pharmacy jar with lid- 'EXT: ALOËS S:' By: Charles-Antoine Acloque Material: ceramic, porcelain, paint, enamel Technique: molded...
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Late 18th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel

Late 18th Century French Glazed Porcelain Apothecary/Pharmacy Jar - 'RAD: BUTNE'
Located in North Miami, FL
Late 18th Century french glazed porcelain apothecary/pharmacy jar with lid- 'RAD: BUTNE' By: Charles-Antoine Acloque Material: ceramic, porcelain, paint, enamel Technique: molded, p...
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Late 18th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel

Vintage Deer foot Thermometer handmade 1960's France
Located in Antwerpen, BE
This vintage deer foot thermometer, handmade in 1960s France, is a unique and charming piece of decor. The natural deer foot serves as a rustic base, adding an element of the outdoor...
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Mid-20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Metal

Early 20th C French Green Pot with Handle and Spout
Located in Troy, MI
Found in France, this circa 1910 traditional rustic French pot has two handles - one at the side and one on top - a small spout and a jade green glaze. Some scattered wear with flake...
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Early 20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

18th Century French Glazed Porcelain Apothecary/Pharmacy Jar - 'EXT RIIABAR'
Located in North Miami, FL
Late 18th Century french glazed porcelain apothecary/pharmacy jar with lid- 'EXT RIIABAR' By: Charles-Antoine Acloque Material: ceramic, porcelain, paint, enamel Technique: molded, ...
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Late 18th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel

18th Century French Glazed Porcelain Apothecary/Pharmacy Jar - 'ALUM: ROCC: L:'
Located in North Miami, FL
Late 18th Century french glazed porcelain apothecary/pharmacy jar with lid- 'ALUM: ROCC: L:' By: Charles-Antoine Acloque Material: ceramic, porcelain, paint, enamel Technique: molde...
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Late 18th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel

18th Century French Glazed Porcelain Apothecary/Pharmacy Jar - 'CER: GALENI'
Located in North Miami, FL
Late 18th Century french glazed porcelain apothecary/pharmacy jar with lid- 'CER: GALENI' By: Charles-Antoine Acloque Material: ceramic, porcelain, paint, enamel Technique: molded, ...
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Late 18th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel

Antique Oval Copper Pot
Located in Bridgeport, CT
An authentic and heavy oval Copper Pot in all original antique condition. Tin lined with a tin coated rim and twin handles. L. 21", Depth 10 1/4", H. 7 3/4" Condition: Please see ...
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Early 20th Century French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass, Copper, Tin

Medium Early 20th Century French Pot with Handles and Green Accents
Located in Troy, MI
Found in France, this circa 1900 traditional rustic French pot has two curved handles and a pale mustard glaze with a design of green branches. Some scattered wear with flakes to gla...
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Early 20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Early 20th Century French Earthenware Pot with Handles and Green Branches
Located in Troy, MI
Found in France, this large circa 1900 traditional rustic French pot is over 13” tall and has two curved handles and a pale mustard glaze accented with a design of green branches. So...
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Early 20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Late 18th Century French Glazed Porcelain Apothecary/Pharmacy Jar - 'UNG: SULPH'
Located in North Miami, FL
Late 18th Century french glazed porcelain apothecary/pharmacy jar with lid- 'UNG: SULPH' By: Charles-Antoine Acloque Material: ceramic, porcelain, paint, enamel Technique: molded, p...
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Late 18th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel

Large French Provincial Terracotta Glazed Pot Floor Vase with 4 Handles
Located in Rümmingen, BW
"shipping note: If your region or country is not listed under the shipping options please contact us directly" Beautiful terracotta vase with four small curved handles. The vase is ...
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Mid-20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic, Clay, Terracotta

18th Century French Glazed Porcelain Apothecary/Pharmacy Jar - 'BUTYR: CACAO'
Located in North Miami, FL
Late 18th Century french glazed porcelain apothecary/pharmacy jar with lid- 'BUTYR: CACAO' By: Charles-Antoine Acloque Material: ceramic, porcelain, paint, enamel Technique: molded,...
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Late 18th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel

Antique French Green Glass Demijohn Wine Bottle Bonbonne Bar Jug 17"
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique French olive green glass demijohn / bonbonne wine bottle jug. Base marked L16 2 A. Dimensions: 12" x 17" (Diameter x Height)
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Early 20th Century French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Glass

Large MacCoy Ceramic Pot with Lid Brown Color 1960 United States
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Beautiful hand painted Pot with lid by Mccoy from United States, 1960's. Brown glaze with brown painted zig-zag motif. Beautiful shelf accessory. Signed.
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1960s American Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Vase Cerart Monaco en céramique Francaise décor à l'or fin Côte-d'Azur 1950
Located in AIX-LES-BAINS, FR
Très grand vase en céramique émaillée . Modèle sortie des ateliers des ateliers de céramique monégasque il est richement décoré de fleurs et fruit sur fond noir et or. Il est en bel...
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1950s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

19th Century French Terracotta Confit Pot
Located in Winter Park, FL
A 19th century French earthenware confit pot with traditional yellow glaze. Some chips and losses to glaze. These ordinary earthenware vessels were once used daily in the French cou...
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19th Century European Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Terracotta

Late 19th Century French Gilt Bronze and Onyx "Ormolu Cassolettes"
Located in London, GB
"Ormolu Cassolettes" A highly attractive pair of late 19th Century gilt bronze and onyx cassolettes. The onyx cassolette pots raised on gilt bronze tripod decorated with raised faces and acorns exhibiting excellent hand finished detail ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Height: 25.5 cm Width: 10 cm Depth: 10 cm Condition: Excellent Condition Circa: 1890 Materials: Bronze & Onyx SKU: 9167 ABOUT Ormolu is the gilding technique of applying finely ground, high-carat gold–mercury amalgam to an object of bronze, and for objects finished in this way.The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of mercuric nitrate is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze; followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item is then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury vaporizes and the gold remains, adhering to the metal object...
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Late 19th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

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Onyx, Bronze

Jewelry Box
Located in Paris, FR
The French ceramist invites us to contemplate the beauty of everyday objects through a glazed motif of pink and white daisies, decorating a square jewelry box...
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1960s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel

Little flower
Located in Paris, FR
A jewelry box created as a tribute to the American musician and composer Sidney Bechet, by one of the leading figures in 20th-century French ceramics, who turned her art into an ode ...
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1960s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel, Gold Leaf

French Provincial 19th Century Green Glazed Jug with Weathered Patina
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Provincial green glazed pottery jug from the 19th century, with two handles, front spout and distressed patina. Created in Southern France during the 19th century, this jug ...
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19th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Terracotta

Box Birds
Located in Paris, FR
This wooden box is topped by a stamped earthenware lid decorated with orange, green, white and blue polychrome enamels. For Mithé Espelt, the object is an essential element of the bo...
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1960s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel

Jewelry Box
Located in Paris, FR
A rectangular jewelry box whose fine craftsmanship resonates with the talent of this renowned French ceramist. Here, the artist creates a sparkling decorat...
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1970s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Enamel, Gold Leaf

Large Mid-Century Carved Painted Wood Picture Frame
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Carved Painted Wood Frame, 1950's Fantastic carved wood frame with liner, in a distressed finish and incredible patina. Great piece for your favorite oil painting as well as could a...
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Mid-20th Century European French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Wood, Paint, Giltwood

Box in Ceramic with Geometrical Decoration Pattern Valluaris signed France 1960
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This jewelry box, can be used as a vide poche too. It is in ceramic, and has been done in France in the 1950's, by a French artist named . It is in a very good condition. Box in Cera...
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1950s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Copper Cauldron Centerpiece Bowl / Wine Cooler / Planter
Located in Barcelona, ES
French copper cauldron with iron folding handle with rings. Early 20th century. Originally designed for cooking. It has a nice construction. The vessel is made of hand-hammered cop...
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Early 20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Copper, Iron, Wrought Iron

French Country Yellow Ceramic Woven Rope Cachepot Basket
Located in Elkhart, IN
A gorgeous trompe l'oeil yellow French Country style reticulated porcelain woven rope basket cachepot Spain, Circa 1980s Measures: 6.25"W x 6.25"D x 5"H Good vintage condition. Mi...
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1980s Spanish Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

Garniture Enameled ceramic colored Bowl on a stone base France 1960
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Garniture Enameled ceramic colored Bowl on a stone base France 1960
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1960s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

19th Century French Confit Pot
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
This classic French confit pot is from the south of France and dates from the late 19th Century. Note the pretty tapered base that is unglazed. Confit pots were half-glazed for two r...
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Late 19th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Pottery

1950s French Blue and White Floral Cast Iron Planter
Located in High Point, NC
A cast iron planter from France, circa 1950. Recalling the French countryside of a bygone era, cast iron elements are bolted together in a charming rustic construction. Adorned with ...
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1950s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

A marble mortar from the 19th century - France.
Located in SOTTEVILLE-LÈS-ROUEN, FR
A magnificent French marble mortar from the 19th century, an authentic and rare piece that embodies the elegance and refinement of French craftsmanship. This marble mortar, manufact...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble

Antique French 19th C Japy Fil Classical Figure Bronze Slate Marble Mantel Clock
Located in Dayton, OH
A beautiful 19th Century French Mantel Clock. Features a seated woman in the thinker position. She is wearing a large flowing dress, sitting on a Klismos chair with footed raised ove...
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Late 19th Century Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Slate, Bronze

French Country White Ceramic Woven Rope Cachepot Basket
Located in Elkhart, IN
A gorgeous trompe l'oeil white French Country style reticulated porcelain woven rope basket cachepot Spain, Circa 1980s Measures: 4.75"W x 4.75"...
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1980s Spanish Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Porcelain

French Provincial Tole Burgundy & Gold Wastepaper Basket with Paw Feet
Located in Elkhart, IN
A gorgeous French Provincial or neoclassical burgundy & gold tole cachepot, planter, vase or wastepaper basket France, Late 20th Century Measures: 10.5"W x 10.5"D x 12.5"H. Good o...
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Late 20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

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Metal

Large 19th Century French Turquoise Glazed Terracotta Vase Urn Olive Jar
Located in Pearland, TX
An exceptional antique French turquoise / teal / blue green glazed terracotta vase, urn, or olive jar with handles, circa 1850. This is the statement piece you've been looking for! T...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Terracotta

Antique French Porcelain Flower Vase w/ Brass Candelabra
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French Porcelain Flower Vase w/ Brass Candelabra Combine your candelabra and flower vase into one elegant piece. The central vase...
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Early 19th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Brass

French, 18th Century, Hand Forged Iron Rat De Cave Candleholder
Located in Buisson, FR
Wrought iron rat de cave candleholder, Normandie, France, 18th century. Weathered. H:24cm W:13cm D:12cm
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18th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

Vase Vallauris en céramique Français décor à l'or fin Côte-d'Azur 1960 Vintage
Located in AIX-LES-BAINS, FR
Vase grande hauteur en céramique émaillée orné de fruits et de fleurs rehaussés à l'or fin. Il est en superbe état il n'a aucun fêle ni grenure. Roger Capron, Pablo Picasso, Jean Co...
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1960s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Large Rectangular Planter Basket with Rustic Metal Liner, France
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
French Low Profile Roped Planter Basket with Tin Insert Very versatile vessel that can be used indoors or outdoors on a covered outside porch. Wonderful patina on this vintage piec...
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Mid-20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Tin

French 19th Century Brass Candelabra
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A large seven light brass and gilt-metal candelabra, most likely from the altar of a French church. The wheat and grape designs represent communion bread and wine; the lily represent...
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19th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

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Brass

19th Century French Small Olive Jar
Located in Santa Monica, CA
19th Century French Small Olive Jar Discover the charm of rural French countryside with this 18th-century Small Olive Jar from Provence. Crafted from ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Clay, Terracotta

Antique Wicker French Champagne Log Basket
Located in Stockbridge, GB
Large Antique Champagne Harvest Basket – 0 A beautiful hand-made wicker champagne basket from France used to harvest grapes in the champagne region o...
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Mid-20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Wicker, Wood

Beautiful elegant Murano olive-green-gold large bowl wth unique wavy edges
Located in Budapest, HU
Beautiful Murano olive green-gold large "fantasy" bowl, centerpiece. Heavy craft piece from the 1960s-70s. Its curling sides are decorated with curved waves filled with bubbles. It i...
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1970s Italian Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Art Glass, Murano Glass

French 1920's Parisian Metal Iron Crown Sculpture
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
French Metal Iron Crown Architectural Fragment Sculpture, Paris 1920's Remarkable and unique best describe this solid crown made of iron. This substantial sculpture was found in a ...
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Early 20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

Abalone Inlaid Burlwood Tantalus Chest, 19th Century
Located in New York, NY
European, likely French, Abalone Inlaid Burlwood Tantalus Chest, the lid opening to reveal a gilt bronze stand with four bottle inserts, all upon four squat feet, circa nineteenth ce...
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19th Century Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

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Wood, Burl

Whimsical Limoges France Halloween Ghost With Ball & Chain Porcelain Trinket Box
Located in Tustin, CA
Collectible and whimsical, limited edition Limoges porcelain Halloween motif miniature trinket box is handmade and hand painted in France and features an adorable and very expressive...
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Late 20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Porcelain

17th Century, French Oak Coffer or Box
Located in Buisson, FR
Extremely old and beautiful weathered oak box . Several old repairs that only add to the charm. Rare find. France, circa 1600-1700 Weathered, small losses and old repairs. H:14,5cm ...
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17th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

French 18th Century Hand Forged Iron Candleholder
Located in Buisson, FR
Very old and beautiful hand forged iron candleholder. Amazing period piece with a very pure and rustic design. Despite of its high age this candleholder is still very strong. France...
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18th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Iron

Boite en céramique Francaise décoré à l'or fin, French Riviera Vallauris 1960
Located in AIX-LES-BAINS, FR
Boite à bijoux ou vide poche en céramique émaillé multicolore dorée à l'or fin . Fabriquée dans les ateliers de Vallauris elle est richement décorée à l'or fin et le ciselage des fle...
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1960s French Vintage French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Ceramic

A Pair of French Maurin Green Marble and Ormolu Mounted Urns and Covers
Located in London, GB
Presenting a magnificent pair of French Maurin green marble urns and covers exuding opulence and grandeur in the Louis XVI style, dating from the late 19th to early 20th century. Ea...
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Late 18th Century French Antique French Provincial Decorative Objects

Materials

Marble, Ormolu

French Provincial decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique French Provincial 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, serveware, ceramics, silver and glass, building and garden elements and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with ceramic, metal and other materials. If you’re shopping for used French Provincial decorative objects made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original decorative objects, popular names associated with this style include Limoges, Bavent, Fives-Lille, and Alfred Corneau. 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 $51 and tops out at $125,000 while the average work can sell for $778.

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