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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
Early 20th century polychrome ceramic plates
Located in Premariacco, IT
Pair of plates with polychrome decoration and raised rim. Early 20th century European production. They show normal signs of wear due to age and use.
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Early 1900s German Antique Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

English Pottery Spatterware Plates- A Set of Four
Located in Downingtown, PA
English Pottery Green Sponged Spatterware Set of Four Plates, 1st Half of 19th Century The Sponged Spatterware plates are attractively decorated with a green seaweed border with a b...
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19th Century English Antique Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Pottery

Villeroy & Boch Naif Dinner Plates in Porcelain, Designed by Gérard Laplau
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Villeroy & Boch Naif dinner plates in porcelain. A set of seven dinner plates decorated with naive motifs. Motifs of families, villages and biblical scenes in naïve style. Designed...
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20th Century German Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Villeroy & Boch, Design Gérard Laplau, Set of Six Deep Porcelain Plates
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Villeroy & Boch, design Gérard Laplau. A set of six deep porcelain plates with motifs of families, villages and biblical scenes in a naivist style. In excellent condition. Marked....
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20th Century German Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

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 inches high x 11.25 inches wide x 10.13 inches deep Round platter measures: 0.88 inches high x 15 inches wide x 14.38 inches deep Long platter...
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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" diamete...
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20th Century Southeast Asian Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Wicker, Rattan

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Animalia, Six Contemporary Porcelain Dinner Plates with Decorative Design
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Spring time, animals all around the world spreads their love and starts to look for their second half of the apple.
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2010s Italian Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set of Eight English Staffordshire Plates
Located in Wilson, NC
This set of eight Staffordshire plates are decorated with stylized flowers, leaves, and urns. There are gilt highlights that have wear in some areas. There are no markings, but the s...
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1820s English Antique Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Pottery

Set of Four Johnson Bros Dinner Plates and Johnson Bros Platter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large English Turkey platter, Johnson Bros. and a set of three English Autumn Monarch Turkey plates. English hand engraved Johnson Bros. set of three p...
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Mid-20th Century English Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set of Four Ironstone Plates
Located in Wilson, NC
Set of four ironstone plates, these highly decorated plates feature large and small flowers and foliage in various shades of orange and blue, green and white with gilded accents. T...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Ironstone

Set of Eight English Mason's Ironstone Dinner Plates
Located in Wilson, NC
These soup plates have scalloped edges that frame a border with a rare yellow background containing stylized leaf clusters and round star lozenges interspersed with four cobalt carto...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Ironstone

Early 20th Century Set 30 English Decorated Minton Fine China Dessert Plates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Set of 30 English Hand-Decorated Minton Fine China Dessert Plates. The beautifully vibrant color hand painted dessert plates, each with a colorf...
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Early 20th Century English Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

La Menagerie Ottomane Flamingo Porcelain Dinner Plate Handmade in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Few people knew about the presence of exotic animals inside the Sultans' palaces. Most of them were gifts given to him by chief of other states and soon they became popular as they represented something unusual for the city. 'La Menagerie Ottomane...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

La Menagerie Ottomane Zebras Porcelain Dinner Plate Handmade in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Few people knew about the presence of exotic animals inside the Sultans' palaces. Most of them were gifts given to him by chief of other States and soon they became popular as they r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Ikat Porcelain Dinner Plates Set of Six Made in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Ikat is part of our colorful world and we ae so in love with this old technique that we have reproduced some our most representative pattern on porcelain plates in order to create a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

La Menagerie Ottomane Elephant Porcelain Dinner Plate Handmade in Italy
Located in ROCCAVIVARA CB, IT
Few people knew about the presence of exotic animals inside the Sultans' palaces. Most of them were gifts given to him by chief of other states and soon they became popular as they r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

French Majolica Asparagus Plates, Set of 8
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Set of eight French majolica asparagus plates. A rare find. Each majolica plate showcases asparagus with light green hued spears with lavender heads and surrounded by light green bor...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

20th Century Belgian Wooden Plate
Located in High Point, NC
This 20th-century Belgian wooden plate embodies simplicity and elegance, making it a versatile addition to your home decor. Crafted from rich, dark wood, this plate features a smooth...
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20th Century Belgian Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Wood

20th Century Belgian Wooden Plate
20th Century Belgian Wooden Plate
H 1.6 in W 11.3 in D 11.3 in
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Set of Vintage Patamban Green Glazed Swan Pottery Plates
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful vintage set of Patamban decorative pottery plates made by folk artists in Michoacán, Mexico. The round plates feature a rich green glazing on the front with swan designs in an off-black...
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Late 20th Century Mexican Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Pottery, Terracotta

Set of Six Qing Dynasty Carp Plates
By Craftsman
Located in New York, NY
6 vividly decorated porcelain carp plates in blue and purple glaze on a blue-tinted clear glaze ground. These plates are were often seen on the tables of r...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set of Six Qing Dynasty Carp Plates
Set of Six Qing Dynasty Carp Plates
H 1.75 in W 9.5 in D 1.59 in
Villeroy & Boch Naif Dinner Service in Porcelain, a Set of Seven Lunch Plates
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Villeroy & Boch Naif dinner service in porcelain. A set of seven lunch plates decorated with naivist motifs. In very good condition. Stamped. Measures: 21 cm. Designed by Gérard ...
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20th Century German Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set of 32 Dishes: A Swansea Creamware Botanical Dessert Service
Located in Katonah, NY
Created by the Swansea factory at the end of the 18th century the designs for these dishes are taken from from Curtis's Botanical Magazine begun in 1787. Each flower is beautifully h...
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Early 19th Century British Antique Folk Art Dinner Plates

Materials

Creamware

Brightly Painted Saltglaze Stoneware Pierced Plate
Located in Katonah, NY
An outstanding English saltglaze plate with a basket weave design relief molded with fruits and a pierced and arcaded border.It is decorated in enamel oxide colors in the style of Th...
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18th Century and Earlier English Antique Folk Art Dinner Plates

Part of a Large Collection of Whieldon Type Dishes
Located in Katonah, NY
A pair of Whieldon dishes which is part of our large collection of creamware tortoiseshell dishes in the style of Thomas Wheildon. Whieldon (1719-1795), was a master potter who exper...
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Mid-18th Century English Antique Folk Art Dinner Plates

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Creamware

Folk Art dinner plates for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Folk Art dinner plates for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Mid-20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage dinner plates created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include serveware, ceramics, silver and glass and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with ceramic, porcelain and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Folk Art dinner plates made in a specific country, there are Europe, Germany, and Asia pieces for sale on 1stDibs. 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 dinner plates differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $30 and tops out at $1,650 while the average work can sell for $550.

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