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Folk Art Barware

FOLK ART STYLE

Folk art is a genre of art that shares the creator’s traditions, offering not just an artistic display but an opportunity to learn about a culture. Antique, new and vintage folk art typically reflects a heritage or location. It can include utilitarian objects and handmade art as diverse as weather vanes, duck decoys, portraiture and paintings, carnival art and quilts.

Quilts are a quintessential part of American folk art but their roots are international, with quilting dating back to Ancient Egypt. The practice spread to Europe and was especially prominent in the Middle Ages, with one of the oldest surviving examples being the Tristan quilt made in Sicily in the 14th century. They were made as bedcovers and clothing, including as a layer for knights to wear beneath their armor. Native American folk art includes functional objects reflecting their heritage, such as baskets, textiles and wooden pieces.

Elsewhere, the vast range of work associated with Mexican folk art includes masks made by Mexican craftspeople for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater.

Works in the folk art tradition are valuable because of the skills involved, like weaving, hand-carving wood and even stonework. Many folk artists are self-taught, while some train as apprentices within their community. By using available materials and taking a personal approach to their creations, artists ensure each piece is unique and conveys a story.

During the Great Depression, artistic materials in America were hard to come by, so artisans used discarded wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to make highly stylized, notched pieces — most often picture frames and boxes — that are today sought after by collectors. This folk art style is called tramp art and was popular from roughly 1870 until the 1940s.

Folk art brings vibrant culture and traditions into your home. Browse an extensive collection of antique, new and vintage folk art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Folk Art
Antique German Roller Jug Lidded Pewter Beer Stein, Monogram FH, 1819
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous beer stein, made in Germany. This beer stein has been made in Germany, it is monogramed with FH and dated 1819. Absolutely gorgeous piece still in very good condition for ...
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Early 18th Century German Antique Folk Art Barware

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Pewter

Large Monumental Ceramic Beer Stein Lidded with Pewter Lid by Gerz, 1960s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous large beer stein, made in Germany by Gerz Ceramic. This beer stein has been made in Germany, circa 1960s or older. Absolutely gorgeous piece still in great condition, with...
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1960s German Vintage Folk Art Barware

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Pewter

German Porcelain Figural Cheerful Man Head Cork Pourer Bottle Stopper, 1930s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Adorable porcelain and cork bottle stopper pourer, Germany, 1930s. Ideal decoration bottle stopper. Great idea to surprise your guests or a very interesting gift.
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1930s German Vintage Folk Art Barware

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Wood, Cork

Vintage Handmade Brass Radha Krishna Betel Nut Cutter from India
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage handmade brass Radha Krishna betel nut cutter from India. Upper side is Krishna (vishnu) and lower side is Radha, u can also called this king queen walnut Craker. This exce...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Barware

Materials

Brass

Carved Wood Stetson Hat Form Ice Bucket by Alfonso Bini, Italy
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful wood carved ice bucket cowboy hat made by Alfonso Bini Firenze (Venice), Italy. The BINI logo is marked at the bottom of the ice bucket hat. x.  
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1970s Italian Vintage Folk Art Barware

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Maple

1950s Folk Art Hand Carved Wooden Kangaroo Wine Bottle Holder, Pourer, Dispenser
Located in Miami, FL
We offer a 1950s hand carved wooden kangaroo wine bottle holder, pourer or dispenser. Made out of one piece of wood with lovely details.   
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1950s American Vintage Folk Art Barware

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Wood

Two Folk Art Wine Bottle Stoppers Wood Hand Carved Articulated, circa 1930
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
These are a different Pair of Folk art, hand made and painted, articulated, Wine bottle Stoppers, made in mid Europe, probably Germany and dating to the early 20th century, circa 193...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Barware

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Wood

Pair of Antique Indian Nandi Bull, Wall Carved Wood Sculpture
Located in Buenos Aires, AR
Pair of Antique Indian Nandi Bull, wall carved wood sculpture. Dimension: 35 x 13 x 12cm 13.7” x 5.1” x 4.7”.
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20th Century Indian Folk Art Barware

Materials

Harewood

Vintage Ceramic Beer Stein Lidded with Pewter Lid by Gerz, 1960s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous beer stein, made in Germany by Gerz Ceramic. This beer stein has been made in Germany, circa 1960s or older. Absolutely gorgeous piece still in great condition, without da...
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1960s German Vintage Folk Art Barware

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Pewter

Pair WWI Artillery Shell Trench Art Ashtrays as Polished Steel Military Hats
Located in Nantucket, MA
Pair of steel WWI era Trench Art ashtrays made in the form of military hats from the bases of artillery shells, one dated 1915.
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Early 20th Century English Folk Art Barware

Materials

Steel

Vintage Steinbock Enamelware Oval Dish Hand-Made in Austria
By Steinböck 1
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Studio Steinbock Austria enamelware small oval dish, vide poche, appetizer platter. Beautiful handcrafted enameled oval metal bowl decorated with vivid shades of blue, green and gol...
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Folk Art Barware

Materials

Metal, Copper

German ANRI Wood Carved Figural Gentleman Cork Bottle Stopper, 1950s
By ANRI
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Adorable wood and cork bottle stopper, Germany, 1950s. Ideal decoration bottle stopper. Great idea to surprise your guests or a very interesting gift.
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1950s German Vintage Folk Art Barware

Materials

Wood, Cork

English Pottery Mocha Large Barrel-Form Jug with Earthworm Design, circa 1820
Located in Downingtown, PA
English Pottery Mocha large Barrel-form Jug with Earthworm design, circa 1820 A large Mocha pottery jug with a central slip band of an ochre-colored ground decorated with an ear...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Barware

Materials

Pottery, Pearlware

Wine Decanter Presenting a Small Wine Barrel with Brass Tap. French Folk Art
Located in Marcq-en-Baroeul, FR
This wine decanter presents a small wine barrel with brass tap. This is a French Folk Art,c irca 1900.
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Early 1900s French Antique Folk Art Barware

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Brass

Mocha Tankard with Earthworm and Dot Decoration, Early 19th Century
Located in Downingtown, PA
Mocha Tankard with earthworm and dot decoration, early 19th century (Ref: NY9366-npim) Fabulous large tankard or mug decorated with slip bands in an unusual light blue and ochre...
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Early 19th Century Antique Folk Art Barware

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Pearlware, Pottery

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...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Folk Art Barware

Materials

Iron

Mochaware Mug Banded with Brown Slip Made in England, circa 1815
Located in Katonah, NY
A Mochaware mug decorated with bands of slip in light and midnight brown. Between the midnight and light brown slip bands are three bands of inlaid rouletting decoration in geometric...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Barware

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Earthenware

Colorful Embroidered and Quilted Textile Wood and Glass Tray with Figural Motif
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful wooden serving tray featuring a hand-embroidered quilted figural motif textile under glass. This colorful serving tray will be fantastic either hung on a wall or used to ...
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20th Century Panamanian Folk Art Barware

Materials

Wood, Fabric, Glass

Colorful Hand Embroidered Textile Wood and Glass Tray with Lizard Motif
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful wooden serving tray featuring a hand-embroidered quilted lizard motif textile under glass. This colorful serving tray will be fantastic either hung on a wall or used to s...
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20th Century Panamanian Folk Art Barware

Materials

Fabric, Glass, Wood

Handmade Folk Art Tray with Butterfly Collage and Inlay Wooden Details
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare and unique wooden tray with cut out handles and a wonderfully intricate inlay wood / marquetry perimeter with meticulous detailed collage of positioned Butterfly wing details ...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Barware

Materials

Wood

Carved Wood Stetson Hat Form Ice Bucket by Alfonso Bini, Italy
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful wood carved ice bucket cowboy hat made by Alfonso Bini Firenze (Venice), Italy. The BINI logo is marked at the bottom of the ice bucket hat. x.      
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1970s Italian Vintage Folk Art Barware

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Maple

Carved Wooden Milliners Head, Antique German, circa 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Adorable unique wood carved head. Germany, 1900s. Ideal decoration item, used in the displaying and making of hats. Hand carved from wood. Nice display piece in any room.
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1910s German Vintage Folk Art Barware

Materials

Wood

Mocha Pottery Mug with Ochre Slip Ground, circa 1790-1810
Located in Downingtown, PA
Mocha pottery mug with ochre slip ground, circa 1790-1810   The cylindrical mug with a flared foot has an ochre-colored slip ground with a wide white band at the rim with a nar...
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1790s English Antique Folk Art Barware

Materials

Pottery

Danish 19th Century Cobalt Blue Glass Hip Flask By Holmegaard
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Danish 19th century cobalt blue glass hip flask by Holmegaard The flask is "tear-drop" shaped and has the most amazing deep and vibrantly blue color.    
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Late 19th Century Danish Antique Folk Art Barware

Materials

Art Glass

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Antique Gymnastics Frankfurt Main Lidded Beer Stein glazed Ceramic, 1908
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Creamware Mocha Mug with Underglaze Blue Bands, circa 1800-1820
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