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Carnival Art For Sale
19th Century American Folk Art Rocking Horse
Located in San Francisco, CA
19th century American Folk Art rocking horse Fantastic American Folk Art hand carved rocking horse with ample remains of red and white paint. The horse has leather ears and sad...
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Late 19th Century American Arts and Crafts Antique Carnival Art

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Wood

1940s Coney Island Amusement Park Kiddie Car Fire Engine in Original Condition
By Pinto Brothers Mfg.
Located in Savannah, GA
Produced by Pinto Bros Mfg of Coney Island, New York, this all-original 1940s firetruck was part of a circular ride at the famed Coney Island Amusement Park. Featuring lucky Number 4...
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1940s American Industrial Vintage Carnival Art

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Metal

Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Bailey
Located in Aurora, OR
These vintage circus flags come from the days of the Ringling, Barnum, and Bailey Big Top Circus, when traveling tents were still transported and raised at hundreds of locations acro...
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Mid-20th Century Carnival Art

Soldier Shooting Gallery Target
Located in Santa Monica, CA
These soldier shooting gallery targets are fun, bold and graphic, circa 1940s. Priced individually. Two available.
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1940s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Iron

Colorful Painted Carousel Style Rocking Horse
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A remarkable large scale painted rocking horse decorated in the manner of a carousel horse. The white horse with brown mane and tail wears a red saddle on a blue blanket. The rump is...
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20th Century Hollywood Regency Carnival Art

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Wood

Linen Backed Tiger Poster, Circus Triumph, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Impressive large Poster with Tiger. This lithographic circus poster with a Tiger animal has spectacular warm colors ! It's already linen backed. It was designed and made for C...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Carnival Art

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Linen, Paper

Americana Folk-Art Carved and Paint Decorated Wood Carousel Horse
Located in New York, NY
Americana Folk-Art carved and paint decorated wood childs carousel horse: Mounted on metal pole base Measures: 13" x 43" x 62".
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19th Century Folk Art Antique Carnival Art

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Wood

1930s Hand-Painted Carnival Ride Yellow Panel
Located in Chicago, IL
Large 1930s hand-painted carnival ride metal panel on wood board. It is painted on 1930 7UP sign.
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1930s North American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

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Metal

Antique 1930s Judge Theatre Papier Mâché Head from Paris
Located in London, GB
Antique 1930s judge theatre papier mâché head from Paris This lot is a rare original 1930s papier mâché French theatre heads. This item was obtained via a private collection in Ly...
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1930s French Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

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Paper

Vintage 5 Foot Rhinestone Studded Fiberglass Pearlescent Carousel Horse
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Perfectly captured in all it’s glory, this vintage fiberglass carousel horse is sure to gallop your heart. One look at this radiant mare, and you’ll see why. The animal’s strength an...
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Late 20th Century Unknown Hollywood Regency Carnival Art

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Metal

Pocahontas, Flit the Hummingbird Figurine, Disney, 1990s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Pocahontas, Flit the Hummingbird figurine. A cute looking Walt Disney character figurine made for use on a carousel. Flit is a hummingbird and a major character in Disney's 199...
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Late 20th Century European Carnival Art

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Polyester, Wood

Rare Antique Early American Carnival Coin Toss Game Table
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce American carnival coin toss game. The rare and unusual antique hand carved and painted solid wood amusement park / county fair / mid-way gaming table features a square top f...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Wood, Paint

Unusual Vintage Paper Mache Folk Art, Parade "Carnival" Mask
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual vintage papier mâché Folk Art..parade "carnival" theater mask.
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1960s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Paper

Large Fiberglass Elephant Head, Carnival Trash Can Lid / Cover Venice Calif
Located in Buffalo, NY
Large Whimsical Fiberglass Elephant head, carnival trash can lid / cover, manufactured by the International Fiferglass Company, Venice California. This item was salvaged from Famed F...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carnival Art

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Fiberglass

Vintage Oliver Hardy Theatre Papier Mâché Head / Mask
Located in London, GB
This lot is a wonderful example of a vintage English handmade papier mâché hardy theater head. It’s highly likely this item was accompanied by a Stan Laurel head when the theatre per...
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1960s French Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

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Paper

Carousel Boat by L' Autopède, 1940s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Carousel boat by Atelier L' Autopède Belgium. This merry-go-round hand-made metal boat is the first model of the first serie boats made by L' Autopède in 1948: it has a beautiful m...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Modern Carnival Art

Materials

Metal

Set of Eight Folk Art Carnival Punks / Knockdown Dolls
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Folk Art carnival punks / knockdown dolls composed of canvas forms lined with cotton fur supported by carved wood bases for added stability / weight, circa 1910. Whimsical double sid...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Canvas, Cotton, Wood

1950's Carnival Funhouse Distortion Green Mirror
Located in Chicago, IL
1950's carnival funhouse distortion floor green mirror.
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1950s North American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Glass, Wood

Vintage Magician Magic Suitcase Hand Painted Folk Art
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic Magician's suitcase. Hand painted and lettered. Vintage Folk Art rabbit trick and card paintings. Great bookshelf display.
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1940s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Fabric, Canvas

Early 20th Century Leather Clown Shoes Popeio Carnival Fairground Circus
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A pair of leather clown shoes of unusual proportions, early 20th century in age. By repute from the clown known as Popeio, who worked with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey C...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Edwardian Carnival Art

Materials

Leather

Early 20th Century Circus Banner
Located in Brecht, BE
For magician and circus lovers. This early 20th century circus banner. Hand painted on canvas.
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Early 20th Century British Carnival Art

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Linen

Wooden Giraffe Sculpture Carnival Art Folk Art
Located in Antwerp, BE
Wooden Giraffe sculpture. This hand-painted wooden giraffe will look great in your interior, collection etc.. A folk art animal sculpture in the shape of a giraffe. This giraff...
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Mid-20th Century French Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Rare to Find Folk Art Jaguar Mask Found in Zitlala, Guerrero, Mid-20th Century
Located in Guadalajra, Jal
This style of Tigre (Mexican colloquial for Jaguar) mask is from Zitlala, Guerrero, they are used on the feast day of the Holy Cross on May 3rd, 4th, and 5th. As part of the activit...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Carnival Art

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Leather

19th Century Tiller & Clowes Marionette Trick Skeleton Puppets Circus Fairground
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A wonderful piece of English Folk Art. A hand carved Tiller & Clowes trick skeleton marionette circa 1880 in age. The piece would of been used in a large travelling show performed by...
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Late 19th Century English Folk Art Antique Carnival Art

Materials

String, Pine

Carved American Carnival Head, circa 1890s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Finely featured carved man's head found in the southern United States. Most likely a late 19th century carnival head featured in a ball or ring toss game.
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Original Fairground 'Speedway' Rounding Boards, 1950s
Located in Hastings, GB
We have 5 boards available for sale, priced individually, each board has differing words on reverse, see photos and options (1 Of Each Board Available Only) The photographs shows th...
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Early 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Mid-20th Century Automaton Folk-art Childs Toy
Located in London, GB
We are proud to offer a highly collectable and decorative Folk Art, self-taught child’s pull along automaton toy. In its simplest form this toy is very sculptural and has lots of age...
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1950s British Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Mid-20th Century Double Sided English Fairground Sign
Located in London, GB
Mid-20th century double sided English Fairground Sign We are proud to offer a single double-sided hand painted mid-20th century English fairground sign. We currently have a rare co...
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1950s British Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Very Large Early 20th Century Carnival Horse Race Betting Wheel
Located in New York, NY
Very large early 20th Century carnival horse racing betting wheel. Wheel of fortune. Wheel of luck. Measures: 54" x 35" x 96".  
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Early 20th Century American Other Carnival Art

Materials

Metal

Mounted Turnstile “To The Fun House” from Coney Island, New York
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A rare and Historical Industrial Era Mounted Turnstile from the Fun House at Coney Island, New York, featuring original painted finishes mounted on wood plinth with label reading, “T...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Carnival Art

Materials

Steel

Vintage English Fairground Rocking Bison Buffalo Carousel 1970s Fun Fair
Located in Norwich, GB
A wonderful vintage fairground rocking buffalo. Circa 1970. Made from fibreglass, with a metal upright. The rocking mechanism is in working order. There is a base made of stained wo...
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1970s English Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Iron

Carnival Midway Punk Knockdown Goat Game
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Vintage carnival punk. Unusual goat named "Billie". Knock "Billie" over and win the prize.
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1940s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Canvas

Original Wood Carved Carnival Midway Poster Letterpress
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Set of three original hand-carved letterpress made by the Neal Walters Poster Company. Fantastic carnival midway scene. Games, carnival rides and acrobats. Carved with incredible det...
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1930s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Paint, Wood

Carousel Citroën Buggy Car by L' Autopede Belgium, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Pink Carousel Citroën Buggy Car by L’Autopède Belgium. This sheet metal carnival ride car with 4 seats dates from the 1970s. It's a handmade piece with in the meantime the beautifu...
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Late 20th Century Belgian Modern Carnival Art

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Sheet Metal

Black Carousel Horse, Wood Horse Sculpture on Metal Base, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Wooden Carousel Horse - Fairground horse - Merry-go-round Horse. Smaller model, so easy to be placed. This Mid-20th century hand carved Animal Sculpture is a Black horse - Black Beau...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Ringling
Located in Aurora, OR
These vintage circus flags come from the days of the Ringling, Barnum and Bailey Big Top Circus, when traveling tents were still transported and raised at hundreds of locations acros...
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Mid-20th Century Carnival Art

Vintage Circus or Sideshow Hand-Painted Giant Clown Banner, circa 1940s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Vintage one of a kind circus or sideshow hand painted banner with a giant clown balancing a feather on his nose. Original paint on a light canvas sheet. The banner is stamped on the ...
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1930s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Canvas

Circa 1950s French Childs Carnival/Circus Prop Chair
Located in San Francisco, CA
A wonderful whimsical circa 1950s French Childs Carnival and/or Circus prop chair. Carved parts, feet, hands and head with big blue eyes and top it off a fun blue hat falling forwar...
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1930s French Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Wood, Paint

1938 Folk Art Bandstand Tip "Kitty" Found in Spokane
Located in Santa Monica, CA
1938 bandstand tip "Kitty" found in Spokane, WA. hand-painted wood construction. Pinned paper maker's mark reads "Band Kitty made by Leno for Ted Fishbach 1938 guitar and vocalist 91...
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1930s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Carousel Camel Animals, 1970s, Europe, 2 pieces available
Located in Antwerp, BE
Spectacular carousel camel animals - 2 pieces available. These 2 large lying camel sculptures are eye-catching. They date circa 1970s and do have an aged patina in the meantime, w...
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Carnival Art

Materials

Metal

Early 20th Century French Folk Art Puppet Theatre
Located in London, GB
We are proud to offer a lovely Folk Art example of an early 20th century French puppet theatre. Handmade from scratch and demonstrating wonderful craftsmanship. Made from hand wood a...
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1920s French Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Vintage Paper Mâché Parade Carnival Head
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This giant papier mâché parade head was found in Kansas. Most likely used for a department store Thanksgiving or Christmas parade or Mardi Gras festivities. This bad boy has been the...
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1930s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Composition

J. Hübner Germany Carved Wood Carousel Horse Early 20th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique handcarved wooden carousel Horse made by Atelier Hübner Germany - Josef Hübner - Joseph Hubner. This piece of Carnival Art - funfair roundabout horse - Merry-go-round Hor...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Metal

Large-Scale American Folk Art Carnival Game Board, Very Graphic
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large-scale Folk Art Carnival game board, American, circa 1940s. This painted carnival game board came from Texas and combines wonderfully patinated graphic colors in a highly collec...
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1940s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Wood, Cork

American Sideshow Wondercade Circus Banner Signed J. Sigler
By Sigler Studios
Located in Santa Monica, CA
A personal favorite! 15 1/2 feet tall. American "Wondercade" sideshow banner. Painted and signed by J. Sigler. One of the great American sideshow banner artists. Death defying! This ...
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1950s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Canvas

Vintage Fairground Dinosaur Statue
Located in Antwerp, BE
Dinosaur figurine or statue. A cute looking vintage Fairground - Funfair - Theme Park Dinosaur Statue. Dates circa 1980s - 1990s and is made from polyester. This childrens ca...
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Late 20th Century European Modern Carnival Art

Materials

Polyester

1950s "Prince Buddah" Circus Sideshow Banner
Located in Chicago, IL
1950s "Prince Buddah" circus sideshow banner.
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1950s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Iron

Parker Carousel Company Wood Carved Chariot Side
By John Adams Parker
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Carved wood Parker Carousel chariot side. Fantastic carved dragon with the original jewel eye.
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Early 20th Century American Steampunk Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Rare Jaguar Wood Figure Found in Chilapa, Guerrero, Southern México, ca. 1940
Located in Guadalajra, Jal
This vintage hand carved and hand painted Tiger, is presumed to have been made in or near Chilapa, Guerrero in circa 1940 in a Folk Art style. The carving has been made in a naive st...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Vintage Glass and Wood Carnival Mirrors
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Super unique set of carnival mirrors from a retired New York City carnival. 6 wood mirrors all with original glass. Different shape, patina and aging to each mirror. Some mirrors are...
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1950s American Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Glass, Wood

Vintage Red Carnival Fun-House Mirror
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage wood carnival fun house mirror. Painted red and mounted on a sturdy metal base. Curvy acrylic mirror in good vintage condition with some scratches and wear as shown. Fun piec...
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1970s American Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Acrylic, Wood

Antique American Dapple Jumper Track Carousel Horse, Charles W Dare Attributed
Located in Forney, TX
An antique American track machine carousel horse attributed to legendary carver Charles W. Dare Company, now mounted as a rocking horse. Hand-crafted in the early 20th century, ci...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Wood, Paint

Dentzel Carved Ostrich Carousel Animal
By Dentzel Carousel Company
Located in West Chester, PA
Carved ostrich carousel animal. Made by Dentzel Carousel Company in Philadelphia., circa 1890-1900. Considered one of the hardest animals to carve because of all the detail. This was...
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1890s American Folk Art Antique Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Carnival Stan Laurel Shooting Gallery Target, Iron, Early 20th C , Europe
Located in Antwerp, BE
Awesome Antique Figural Shooting Gallery Target : Stan Laurel, a big Icon in the Film Industry . He and Ollie or Oliver Hardy were a great Comical Duo and the Masters of the slapst...
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Early 20th Century European Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Iron

Folk Art Bust Wall Sculpture
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Unique Bust/Torso wall art. Constructed of plaster, screen and wallpaper, 1950s-1960s. Human form aged with a wonderful patina. Reminiscent of an artifact. Hung by monofilament. Pict...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Carnival Art

Materials

Plaster

19th Century French Wood Carousel Horse, 1850s
Located in LEGNY, FR
Beautiful 19th century French painted wood carousel Horse from the 1850s. White painted wooden horse on a metal base (made for this horse) that can be removable and height adjustabl...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Carnival Art

Materials

Metal

HBO Prop "Huber's Palace Museum" Souvenir Pennant Cart
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Colorful stage prop cart from an HBO production. Painted wood on wheels, along with two painted barrels with sticks for the pennants. This is an artist made, very well crafted TV/ Mo...
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20th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

American Sideshow "Double" Banner by Johnny Meah
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Vividly painted American sideshow banner with larger than life subject matter. Painted by the self-titled Czar of Bizarre, Johnny Meah. Both banners are signed. The Harold huge banne...
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1960s American Folk Art Vintage Carnival Art

Materials

Canvas

Antique and Vintage Carnival Art

The collection of original antique and vintage carnival art on 1stDibs includes paintings and posters that promoted traveling carnivals and circuses of years past as well as masks, sculptures and other works of folk art associated with widespread public celebrations that mark the start of harvest season or are rooted in religion.

The concept of “Carnival” is linked to an event that precedes Lent, the season of preparation before Easter for Christians (it may also have roots in Ancient Rome’s pagan Saturnalian festival), while the modern traveling carnival that we know — i.e., amusement fairs — existed during the 19th century in North America. The Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 was pivotal to these traveling amusement fairs.

Some of the most famous celebrations of Carnival around the world include Karneval in Germany, Carnival in Brazil and Mardi Gras in the United States. Carnival in Barbados is a traditional harvest festival. The bright colors, the caricatured masks and floats and the over-the-top nature of Carnival continue to enthrall millions across the globe.

Carnivals have always given way to impressive displays of creativity and folk art. Folk art is art created by people who are not classically trained for either utilitarian or decorative purposes. With respect to visual art in folk art, it refers to work that is reflective of a community’s culture and usually handmade by craftspeople working within a popular tradition.

Carnival art reflects the way different cultures celebrate or mark an important community event. Some examples of Carnival art include fabric dolls and marionettes that are used to tell stories and capture your imagination. Antique dolls make for striking collectibles positioned for display on any shelf in your home, while carnival masks make a bold statement as wall art. A collection of masks could create an elevated accent wall in a living room or dining room.

Browse 1stDibs to find unique antique and vintage carnival art for your space today.

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