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Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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
1982 Washington Ledesma 3 Breasted Goddess Ceramic Vase
By Washington Ledesma
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ceramic vessel by artist Washington Ledesma dated 1982 N.Y.C. Etched and painted to depict 4 three breasted goddesses. Vibrant navy blue. Wonderful statement piece to add to any shel...
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1980s American Vintage Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Earthenware, Pottery

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...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Iron

Spanish Green Terracota Urn Vase or Vessel
Located in Barcelona, ES
Stunning Iberian Style Quad Handled Jar or Vessel in Green Unglazed Terracotta. Spain, 1930s This outstanding jar vase has engraved details thorough creating beautiful horizontal pa...
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20th Century Spanish Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Terracotta

Set of 5 Large Moss Green Glass Chemist or Pharmacy Jars
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A set of 5 large moss green glass chemist or pharmacy jars  These are wonderful attractive jars from the mid 19th Century, they have been hand blown and labeled Worm Powders, Teet...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Cut Glass

Dolomites Ancient Painted Wooden Bucket
Located in Albignasego, IT
Dolomites ancient painted wooden bucket Measures: Height 55 cm – Diameter 23 cm Hand painted old Tyrolean bucket (churn). Red background. Richly decorated on all sides; on the ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Fir

Small Talavera Hand Painted Mexican Pottery Vase
By Artesania Talaverana
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mexican Style Mini Clay Studio Pottery. Handcrafted small vase made of clay hand painted in bright colors with farmers scene design. Beautiful folk art, the colors are vibr...
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Late 20th Century North American Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Pottery

African Folk Art Wooden Bucket, 1900s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and beautiful African bucket made out of solid wood. In good vintage condition with some signs from age and use.
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Early 1900s Burkinabe Antique Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Wood

Swedish Folk Art Pottery, Unique Large 19th Century Pottery Farmers Vessel
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique and unique large farmers ceramic pottery vessel, vase or urn. Produced in Sweden, 19th century.      
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Large Shipibo Enormous Vessel
Located in Bradenton, FL
Large Peruvian Shipibo Polychrome Geometric Ceramic Pot. This type of large, fired slipware earthenware pots was traditionally used as a beer storage vessel for communal ceremonies. ...
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Early 20th Century Peruvian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Pottery

Malaysia Earthenware Handcrafted Flora Beige & Taupe Glaze Vase Pottery, 1980
Located in Miami, FL
Marked Malaysia vintage earthenware handcrafted Beige and Taupe studio piece with the inside glazed, bud or weed Studio Piece vase, decanter, vessel. Established in 1989, Tenmoku Po...
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Late 20th Century Malaysian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Earthenware

Malaysia Earthenware Handcrafted Brown & Taupe Glaze Bud Weed Vase Pottery 1980
Located in Miami, FL
Marked Malaysia Vintage earthenware handcrafted brown and Taupe studio piece with the inside glazed, bud or weed Studio Piece vase, decanter, vessel. Established in 1989, Tenmoku Po...
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Late 20th Century Malaysian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Earthenware

3 Very Large Antique Apothecary or Old Chemist Jars Shop Display
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
3 Very Large Antique Apothecary or Old Chemist Jars Shop Display   These superb large jars are hand blown clear glass, they would have stood on a top shelf of the chemist shop Th...
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Late 19th Century Antique Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Blown Glass

Pair of Antique Handmade Water Bottles
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1940, we offer this pair of antique handmade water bottles.
Category

1940s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Glass

Antique Large Swedish Stone Mortar, ca 1850
Located in Langserud, SE
This large and heavy mortar made in stone are perfect for display and interior. They are made in Sweden ca 1850s. The stone are shifting in color and have rounded ends on each side. ...
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1850s Swedish Antique Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stone

Pair of Finely Sculpted Faux Bois Planters
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of finely sculpted faux bois planters circa 1920-1940. Rectangular-shaped faux bois planters from France. Adorned with branch decoration and bark textured surfaces.
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1920s French Vintage Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Concrete

Old North Carolina Vase Pottery JB Cole Catalog Folk Yellow Floor Porch W156-19"
By North Carolina Pottery
Located in Wilton, CT
Big old North Carolina Waymon Cole for JB Cole floor vase in sunny yellow glaze, circa early/mid 20th century. Matches form W156-19" in the 1940 JB Cole pottery catalog. 19 1/2" high...
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1940s North American Vintage Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Pottery

Folk Art Trompe L'Oeil Ruffled Shell Vase
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A unique vase created from seashells. Strung together, the rim of the vase is formed to resemble a ruffled look. The body of the base is round, with a wider bottom. Set a clear glass...
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20th Century American Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Shell

Vintage Earthenware Handcrafted Hues of Blue Drip Glaze Pottery, Planter, Vessel
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage earthenware handcrafted Hues of blue studio piece with drip glaze vase, planter, vessel. Pottery Art in superb craftsmanship. No Markings found.
Category

Late 20th Century American Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Earthenware

19th Century Terracotta Olive Oil Jug from Portugal
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
19th century terracotta olive oil jug from Portugal. A wonderful Portuguese antique olive oil jar, this piece has a beautiful shape, handle to one side and a very attractive patt...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Vintage Handmade Live Edge Weedpot Vase
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage unique handmade wooden weedpot vase with raw live edge detail and a finished hand-turned top by and unknown maker.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Cypress

Mexican Antique Dolores Porras Clay Pottery Folk Art Green Terracotta Vessel
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
This one of a kind Mexican antique is one of few pieces Dolores had at her home at the time she passed away. Dolores experimented to create new forms with lines and curves. This piec...
Category

1980s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Clay, Pottery, Terracotta

Huge Monumental Low Sea Shell Encrusted Folk Art Vase
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A monumental large seashell encrusted bowl. This unique one-of-a-kind vessel will be a fabulous centerpiece on a dining table or coffee table. Or perhaps even in a foyer. The bowl is...
Category

20th Century Unknown Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Shell

Antique 19th C. Southern 'Maryland' Blue Decorated Salt Glaze Stoneware Crock
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique blue decorated salt glaze stoneware crock. With slightly tapered sides, twin handles, and blue underglaze stylized tulip decoration to both sides. Found in Mary...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stoneware

Ethnic Boho Vase
Located in Chorzów, PL
Earthenware vase. Very good condition. Measures: height: 34 cm, diameter 17 cm.       
Category

1950s Unknown Vintage Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Earthenware

Antique Large Swedish Stone Mortar, circa 1850
Located in Langserud, SE
This large and heavy mortar made in stone are perfect for display and interior. They are made in Sweden ca 1850s. The stone are shifting in color and have rounded ends on each side. ...
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1850s Swedish Antique Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stone

Handmade Glazed Pottery Planter or Jardiniere by June His
Located in Houston, TX
Handmade glazed pottery planter or jardiniere by June His. This stunning planter or cachepot will accommodate a larger orchid plant, a blooming plant, green plant or floral arrangeme...
Category

20th Century North American Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Pottery

Woven Tribal Basket Vase in Brown and Black
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A small woven basket shaped like a vase. Woven with natural fibers in geometric patterns, this small decorative piece of folk art would be beautiful on a nightstand or coffee table. ...
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20th Century Mexican Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Wicker

Vintage African Carved Painted Leopard Vessel
Located in Forney, TX
An impressive African tribal hand carved and painted sculptural vessel. Likely Bamileke peoples of Cameroon, early to mid 20th century, carved from a single log, having a hollowe...
Category

Early 20th Century African Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Wood, Paint

Antique Swedish Stone Mortar, Late 1800
Located in Langserud, SE
This heavy mortar made in stone are perfect for display and interior. Made in Sweden in the late 1800. The stone are shifting in color and have rounded ends on each side. Good an...
Category

1890s Swedish Antique Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Stone

Set of Antique Handmade Bottles
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1940, we offer this set of antique handmade bottles. The amber bottle has a scratch, but it is not broken. *see pic 3.
Category

1940s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Glass

Highly Decorative WWI Bombshell Trench Art Vase
Located in Tilburg, NL
Rare and unusual piece of trench art from World War I (1914-1918), Belgium. Trench art was made during or after WW1. Soldiers used metal and used bombshells from the battlefields ...
Category

Early 20th Century Belgian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Brass

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Acireale", Set of 2 Pieces, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
Category

2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Mexican Antique Dolores Porras Clay Pottery Folk Art Ant Terracotta Vessel Vase
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
This one of a kind Mexican antique is one of few pieces Dolores had at her home at the time she passed away. Dolores portrays the flora from her garden in Santa María Atzompa, Oaxaca...
Category

1980s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Clay, Pottery, Terracotta

Trio of Indian Hand Wrought Copper Vessels
Located in New York, NY
Set of three Indian hand wrought copper vessels. The metal wash over copper highlights the hammered vessels beautifully. Each vessel has a unique size. They measure from large to ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Copper

1950s French Friar Ceramic Liquor Bottle
Located in High Point, NC
A selection of ceramic bottles from France, produced between the 1950s and 1970s. With their floor length brown cassocks cinched at thick waists with a rope, these friar themed vinta...
Category

1950s French Vintage Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic, Cork

Unique Spanish Folk Hand-Painted Kitchen Pot or Cauldron in Cast Iron
Located in Barcelona, ES
Popular cast iron cauldron with hand-painted details. From Galicia at the northern part of Spain, circa 1940s. Made in molded/cast iron, originally used for cooking. Rare hand-pinte...
Category

Early 20th Century Spanish Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Iron

Folk Art Geometric Back and White Flower Vase
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A small round geometric flower vase in black and cream. The body of this piece is wide in form and is decorated with deep brown or black swirl designs on a cream background. The bott...
Category

20th Century American Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Reverse Painted Decoupage Baluster Vases with Covers
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A pair of reverse painted Decoupage Baluster vases with covers These black vases are decorated in a traditional way known as decalcomania, this involves positioning small pictures...
Category

Mid-20th Century Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Blown Glass

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Palermo décor", Set of 2, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
Category

2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Moorish Head Matt Vases Collection "Messina" Set of 2 Pieces, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
Category

2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Licata", Set of 3 Pieces, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
Category

2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Palermo White", Set of 2, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
Category

2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Catania", Set of 2 Pieces, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
Category

2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases "Catania Dark Green", Handmade in Italy, 2019, Unique Design
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
Category

2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases "Catania Purple", Handmade in Italy, 2019, Unique Design
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
Category

2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Catania Green", Set of 3, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
Category

2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases "Catania VERY PERI", Handmade in Italy, 2019, Unique Design
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

Materials

Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases "Agrigento Bordeaux", Handmade in Italy, 2019, Unique Design
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases "Catania Bronze", Handmade in Italy, 2019, Unique Design
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Sciacca", Set of 2 Pieces, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Ragusa", Set of 3 Pieces, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Cool Grey", Set of 4 Pieces, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Palermo", Set of 2 Pieces, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases Collection "Red and Gold", Set of 2, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Moorish Head Matt Vases Collection "Vittoria", Set of 3, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases "Catania Dark Gray", Handmade in Italy, 2019, Unique Design
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Moorish Heads Vases "Catania Bordeaux", Handmade in Italy, 2019, Unique Design
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
Category

2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

Moorish Head Matt Vases Collection "Carini", Set of 2 Pieces, Handmade in Italy
Located in San Miniato PI, IT
This collection is a work of art that make a statement in modern décor and in the modern cultural art world. It can be used as a vase containing flowers, or as a beautiful centerpiec...
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2010s Italian Folk Art Vases and Vessels

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Gold Leaf

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