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Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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
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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Wood, Cork

Large Vintage Xochiquetzal Mexican Folk Art Lidded Serving Bowl by Teresa Duran
Located in Vallejo, CA
A large vintage Folk Art pottery serving bowl from Xochiquetzal, Mexico by Teresa Duran. Lovely handpainted designs in earthy gray, blue, and brown glazes. Perfect for serving soups ...
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Late 20th Century Central American Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pottery

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...
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Late 20th Century Mexican Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pottery, Terracotta

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Wood, Cork

Abercrombie & Fitch Ceramic Piggy Bank
Located in Atlanta, GA
Abercrombie & Fitch ceramic piggy bank, England, circa 1950s. Modeled after their famous leather animal toys and footstools, this little piggie looks just like stitched leather, but ...
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1950s English Vintage Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Mid Century Handblown Crystal Dish by Bayer Crystal
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Mid century handblown crystal dish by Bayer Crystal A stunning very heavy piece in natural crystal in a stylised petal shape design, made in the 1950s and marked Bayer Crystal on...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Art Glass

Swedish, Unique Organic Serving Plate, Wood, Signed, Sweden, 19th Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique and unique organic and early farmers wooden serving platter. With highly appealing patina and sculptural appeal, produced in Sweden, 19th century.  
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Wood

Figural Erotic Nutcracker Hand Carved in Oak, 1940s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Large figural nutcracker in the shape of a young naked women. It’s made from hand carved oak and assembled without the use of metal. She has got some legs. The legs measures up 21 cm...
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1940s European Vintage Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Oak

Swedish Wooden Bowl in a Primitive and Wabi Sabi Style, 1800s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and beautiful Swedish wooden bowl in a primitive and wabi sabi style. Original condition from the late 1800s.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Wood

Ceramic Blue and White Dutch Boch Delft Plates
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Stunning Boch Delfts blue and white plates in very good condition. Each is signed and numbered by the artist. It is beautiful hanging on a wall or on a coffee table. Dutch Delft c...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Big Size Ancient Barro Pot #13 from Mexico, circa 1940
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1940, we offer this fantastic ancient barro pot from Mexico, made in Puebla México hand crafted . This style of pottery is very rare, originally used for storing water from nea...
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1940s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Terracotta

Mochaware Bowl Made in England, circa 1815
Located in Katonah, NY
Mochaware bowl made in England. Decorated with brown "trees" over the bright orange slip. The tree-like pattern results from a dynamic process in which the contact line between two l...
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19th Century British Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pearlware

Creil French Mochaware Pottery Coffee Pot
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
A Creil mochaware peach-colored coffee pot made circa 1810. This elegant coffee pot features a dark brown mocha design on a light peach body. Mochaware was developed in Staffordshir...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Ancient Barro Pot #9 from Mexico, Circa 1940
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1940, we offer this fantastic ancient barro pot from Mexico, made in Puebla México hand crafted . This style of pottery is very rare, originally used for storing water from nea...
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1940s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Terracotta

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Rare Engine-Turned Mocha Tureen & Cover
Located in Downingtown, PA
Rare Engine-Turned Mocha tureen & cover, Circa 1800-25 The stunning mocha pearlware tureen & cover has an engine-turned decoration with orange and brown bands. A loop handles to ...
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Early 19th Century Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Wood

Vintage Blue and White Delft Porcelain Spoon Rack
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Stunning Vintage Delfts Blauw blue and white porcelain spoon rack in very good condition. Beautiful Dutch Delft hanging wall rack with blue and white hand painted houses and traditi...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Mocha Pottery Blue Pepper Pot
Located in Downingtown, PA
Mocha Pottery Blue Pepper pot, Early 19th Century. THe circular mocha pottery pot with a pierced top and bands of light blue and brown around the pot. Measure: Height 4 3/4 in...
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Early 18th Century English Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

French Kouglof Mold in Ruddy-Terracotta Color Glaze
Located in Houston, TX
French Kouglof mold, in a ruddy-terracotta color glaze, from Alsace. Glazed refractory earthenware bunt cake mold dating to the late 18th or early 19th century.
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Early 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Terracotta

Sterling Silver Rooster Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This sterling silver heavy hollow body rooster figure is signed 925 on the base and is in fine condition. Beautifully made and proportioned well. Great patina.
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20th Century American Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Sterling Silver

20th Century Ransbottom Cookie Jar
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20th century Robinson Ransbottom cookie jar. 2qt canister. Beautiful condition.
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20th Century American Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pottery

18th Century Swedish Treen Goblet
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Unusually large and rare 18th century Swedish turned wooden treen goblet in it's original finish.
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18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Wood

Blown Glass Red Decorative Pumpkin
By LAGU
Located in İSTANBUL, TR
Red pumpkin, where beautiful colors come together in the form of a pumpkin, is a candidate to add color to your home! -Made from hand blown glass. -A unique hand made decorative obje...
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2010s Persian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

Blown Glass Saxe Blue Decorative Pumpkin
By LAGU
Located in İSTANBUL, TR
Saxe Blue pumpkin, where beautiful colors come together in the form of a pumpkin, is a candidate to add color to your home! -Made from hand blown glass. -A unique hand made decorat...
Category

2010s Persian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

Vintage Mata Ortiz Style Mexican Pottery Set
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Mexican Mata Ortiz style small clay studio pottery set. Mata Ortiz pottery style with black, red and green geometric designs on red clay. The set comprise of a covered vess...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pottery

Beautiful Lidded German Antique Beer Stein, Ceramic Glazed, 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous beer stein, made in the in Germany. This beer stein has been made in Germany, circa 1910s or older. Absolutely gorgeous piece still in great condition, without damage. Lid...
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1910s German Vintage Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pewter

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Pueblo Ceramic Floral Motif Water or Tea Pitcher, Mexico
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful example of traditional Mexican Folk Art, this pitcher will be a lovely addition to any table setting. Created from ceramic, it is glazed in a floral motif of green, blue,...
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20th Century Mexican Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pewter

Beautiful 1 Liter Antique Germany Lidded Beer Stein Glazed Ceramic, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous beer stein, made in Germany. This beer stein has been made in Germany, circa 1900s. Absolutely gorgeous piece still in great condition, without damage. Lid works properly....
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Early 1900s German Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pewter

Small Round Mid-Century Butcher Block, Refurbished with Internal Light Bulbs
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Small round Mid-Century butcher block, Internal Lightbulbs and Refurbished.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Epoxy Resin, Maple

Blown Glass Coral Decorative Pumpkin
By LAGU
Located in İSTANBUL, TR
CORAL PUMPKIN, where beautiful colors come together in the form of a pumpkin, is a candidate to add color to your home! -Made from hand blown glass -A unique hand made decorative obj...
Category

2010s Persian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pottery

Blue and White Ceramic Dutch Boch Delft Collectible Plate
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Stunning Boch Delfts blue and white plate in very good condition. Signed and numbered by the artist. It is beautiful hanging on a wall or on a coffee table. Dutch Delft collectibl...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Large Swedish Trencher Bowl
Located in Houston, TX
Large Swedish rustic trencher bowl, hand-carved in beech. Dates to 19th century.
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Wood

Collection of Norwegian Peg Tankards
Located in Greenwich, CT
Fine collection of Norwegian peg tankards, circa 1770-1820, most with lion carved handles, all but one fashioned from burl birch wood and all possessing good rich color. The largest ...
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Late 18th Century Norwegian Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Birch, Burl

Uredale Glass Paperwight Pebble Shape Star Decoration, North Yorkshire 20th C
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is an unusual hand-made Art-Glass paperweight from Uredale Glass, Masham, North Yorkshire, England which we date to the late 20th century. The paperweight is hand made in the...
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Late 20th Century English Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Glass

Beautiful Antique Germany Lidded Beer Stein glazed Ceramic, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous beer stein, made in Germany. This beer stein has been made in Germany, circa 1900s. Absolutely gorgeous piece still in great condition, without damage. Lid works properly....
Category

Early 1900s German Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pewter

Early 19th Century Scandinavian Antique Kitchen Copper Mold
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An early 19th century Danish hand hammered copper mold for wall decoration in a kitchen or a dining room. It can also be used as a bowl standing stable on its legs. The mold has on...
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Early 19th Century Scandinavian Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Copper

Painted Black Lacquer Tray
Located in Chicago, IL
This rectangular wooden tray is finished with black lacquer and decorated with a hand-painted design of flower blossoms and peacock feathers. Painted in a palette of yellow, red, gre...
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20th Century Southeast Asian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Wood

Large Shipibo-Conibo Pot, Amazon, circa 1950
Located in Doylestown, PA
A wonderful and rare very large clay ceremonial jar made by the Shipibo-Conibo people of the upper Amazon region in Peru, circa 1950. Made by looping ropes of clay, one on top of ano...
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20th Century Peruvian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Clay

Blown Glass Green Decorative Pumpkin
By LAGU
Located in İSTANBUL, TR
GREEN PUMPKIN, where beautiful colors come together in the form of a pumpkin, is a candidate to add color to your home! -Made from hand blown glass -A unique hand made decorative o...
Category

2010s Persian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Blown Glass

Set of 6 Mugs - Staffordshire Old Granite English "Hearts and Flowers"
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 6 tea or coffee mugs - Staffordshire "Old Granite" Hearts & Flowers. Made in England by Johnson Bros "a genuine hand engraving" Detergent and acid resistant, dishwasher safe i...
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Late 20th Century English Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ironstone

Pair of German White Porcelain Apothecary Jars With Lids
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Pair of German Apothecary Jars. Each with latin writings in gold shield depicting the type of medication that the jars held. Stamped on the underside “Germany”
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Early 1900s German Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Painted Black Lacquer Round Tray
Located in Chicago, IL
This round tray is crafted of a woven bamboo substrate coated in many layers of black lacquer to strengthen the form and create an even finish. The weaving pattern of the bamboo form...
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Early 20th Century Southeast Asian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Bamboo

Handmade 20th Century Nickel Silver Bolivian Serving Spatula
Located in Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, AR
Handmade Bolivian nickel silver serving spatula from the 20th century. The piece is unmarked from the artist or maker. Dimensions: 30cm. (L), 5.5cm. (W) and 4cm. (H) / 11.81...
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20th Century Bolivian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Silver, Nickel

Handmade 20th Century Nickel Silver Engraved Folk Bolivian Set of Tea Spoons
Located in Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, AR
Handmade Bolivian nickel silver set of 2 tea spoons from the 20th century. The pieces are unmarked from the artist or maker. Dimensions: 17cm. (L), 3.5cm. (W) and 2cm. (H) /...
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20th Century Bolivian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Silver, Nickel

Handmade 20th Century Nickel Silver Engraved Folk Bolivian Tea Spoon
Located in Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, AR
Handmade Bolivian nickel silver tea spoon from the 20th century. The piece is unmarked from the artist or maker. Dimensions: 17.8cm. (L), 3.7cm. (W) and 2cm. (H) / 7.00" (L), 1.4...
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20th Century Bolivian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Silver, Nickel

Handmade 20th Century Nickel Silver Folk Bolivian Set of Tea Spoons
Located in Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, AR
Handmade Bolivian nickel silver set of 2 tea spoons from the 20th century. The pieces are unmarked from the artist or maker. Dimensions: 17cm. (L), 3.5cm. (W) and 2cm. (H) /...
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20th Century Bolivian Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Silver, Nickel

Mocha Seaweed Pottery Pearlware Coffeepot, circa 1800-1830
Located in Downingtown, PA
Mocha Seaweed Pottery Pearlware Coffeepot, circa 1800-1830 The footed coffeepot and cover are attractively decorated with bands of different colored slip including a sky blue w...
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Early 19th Century Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Highly Decorative 19th Century European Italian Cleaver, Kitchen Utensil
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Antique 19th century European cleaver. Made from hand-wrought iron with wood handle. Great as a graphic wall decoration. Found at an estate sale in Bolzano; Italy. Nice to display wi...
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Mid-19th Century Austrian Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Iron

Vintage American Hand Thrown Art Pottery Jug Artisan Stoneware
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage American hand thrown art Pottery Jug Artisan stoneware This is a vintage handcrafted American studio art Pottery blue glazed small pitcher. Superb pottery jug immaculate hand...
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20th Century American Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Pottery

Large Sea Shell Appetizer Plates, Set of 5
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Bring a touch of the coastal vibe to your next dinner party. This set of 5 large shells are meant for appetizers or dessert plates. Colors vary from white to light pink/purple and cr...
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20th Century American Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Shell

Mexican Hand-Hammered Copper Bowl
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this beautiful Mexican hand-hammered copper bowl with wonderful patina, circa 1960.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Copper

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 Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Stoneware

Swedish Folk Art, Large Serving Bowl or Tray, Solid Pine, 19th Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A large farmers handcrafted form or tray or serving bowl or centerpiece. In solid pine wood. A highly functional object with a sculptural appearance.  
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Wood

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