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Folk Art Dinner Plates

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
Set of Teal Fish-Shape Ceramic Dishes
Located in Houston, TX
Set of teal fish-shape ceramic dishware from the South of France: ten plates, one round platter, one long large platter and one saucière, (mid-20th century). Plates measure: 0.88 ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Round Woven Natural Wicker Chargers, 26 Available
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
With braided edges, these woven chargers are perfect for an added touch of elegance to any place setting. Sold individually. Dimensions: 10" diameter 1.25" tall.
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20th Century Southeast Asian Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Wicker, Rattan

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Framed Set of Four Herbaria
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2010s Belgian Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Monumental Urn-Shape Zinc Finial
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Set of 32 Dishes: A Swansea Creamware Botanical Dessert Service
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