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Art Deco Folk Art

ART DECO STYLE

Art Deco furniture is characterized by its celebration of modern life. More than its emphasis on natural wood grains and focus on traditional craftsmanship, vintage Art Deco dining chairs, tables, desks, cabinets and other furniture — which typically refers to pieces produced during the 1920s and 1930s — is an ode to the glamour of the “Roaring Twenties.” 

ORIGINS OF ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Bold geometric lines and forms, floral motifs
  • Use of expensive materials such as shagreen or marble as well as exotic woods such as mahogany, ebony and zebra wood
  • Metal accents, shimmering mirrored finishes
  • Embellishments made from exotic animal hides, inlays of mother-of-pearl or ivory

ART DECO FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE ART DECO FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Few design styles are as universally recognized and appreciated as Art Deco. The term alone conjures visions of the Roaring Twenties, Machine Age metropolises, vast ocean liners, sleek typography and Prohibition-era hedonism. The iconic movement made an indelible mark on all fields of design throughout the 1920s and ’30s, celebrating society’s growing industrialization with refined elegance and stunning craftsmanship.

Widely known designers associated with the Art Deco style include Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Eileen Gray, Maurice Dufrêne, Paul Follot and Jules Leleu.

The term Art Deco derives from the name of a large decorative arts exhibition held in Paris in 1925. “Art Deco design” is often used broadly, to describe the work of creators in associated or ancillary styles. This is particularly true of American Art Deco, which is also called Streamline Moderne or Machine Age design. (Streamline Moderne, sometimes known as Art Moderne, was a phenomenon largely of the 1930s, post–Art Nouveau.)

Art Deco textile designers employed dazzling floral motifs and vivid colors, and while Art Deco furniture makers respected the dark woods and modern metals with which they worked, they frequently incorporated decorative embellishments such as exotic animal hides as well as veneers in their seating, case pieces, living room sets and bedroom furniture.

From mother-of-pearl inlaid vitrines to chrome aviator chairs, bold and inventive works in the Art Deco style include chaise longues (also known as chaise lounges) and curved armchairs. Today, the style is still favored by interior designers looking to infuse a home with an air of luxury and sophistication.

The vintage Art Deco furniture for sale on 1stDibs includes dressers, coffee tables, decorative objects and more.

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Style: Art Deco
Black Clay Six-Eyed Minotaur Vessel
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
Vintage Black Clay Minotaur Vessel. Mexico, circa 1980. Hand-built, wood-fired and signed.
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1980s Mexican Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Clay

Art Deco cardboard advertising "Favor". France 1920 - 1930
Located in CADALSO, ES
Art Deco Cardboard
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Brass

Vintage French Christian Dior Advertising Statue, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful and intruiging advertising statue for Christian Dior. This would have been used on a shop counter or to draw attention in a shop windo...
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1960s French Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Plaster

Vintage French Christian Dior Advertising Statue, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful and intruiging advertising statue for Christian Dior. This would have been used on a shop counter or to draw attention in a shop windo...
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1960s French Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Plaster

Antique Industrial Art Deco 'Bar' Illuminated Glass Sign, circa 1920
Located in London, GB
A stunning illuminated directional sign made in England. c.1920. Original black painted brass frame housing the internal illuminations above polished plate glass deep etched with ...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Folk Art

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Steel

“La Paloma” Artwork Panel by Alvar Sunol, circa 1960
Located in Saint ouen, FR
La Paloma” artwork panel by Alvar Sunol - Circa 1960 Brass plaque on wood Signed Measures: 60x60cm.  
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1960s European Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Brass

Large Vintage Display Figure, English, Plaster, Decorative Ornament, Art Deco
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a large vintage display figure. An English, plasterwork decorative girl with duck ornament, dating to the Art Deco period, circa 1930. A chaotic moment, with the unruly duck...
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Early 20th Century British Art Deco Folk Art

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Plaster

Vintage Shop Counter Display, English, Plaster, Decorative Figure, Art Deco
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a vintage shop counter display character. An English, plasterwork decorative retail figure, dating to the Art Deco period, circa ...
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Early 20th Century British Art Deco Folk Art

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Plaster

Vintage Shop Retail Display, English, Plaster, Decorative Figure, Art Deco, 1930
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a vintage shop retail display character. An English, plasterwork decorative merchandising figure, dating to the Art Deco period, circa 1930. Superb character, with a raised ...
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Early 20th Century British Art Deco Folk Art

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Plaster

Art Deco Wooden Bulldog Brush Holder
Located in Antwerp, BE
Cute 1930s wooden bulldog brush holder set. This hand-carved black and white dog figural with double brush holder and big eyes has two red original brushe...
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Mid-20th Century European Art Deco Folk Art

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Wood

1920s Belgian Jenever Sign
Located in Antwerp, BE
1920s Belgian Jenever Sign. Antique sign - Art Deco sign for Jenever Made in Belgium: J. Theunissen - Vieux Spécial - Hasselt - Belgium. A lithographic tin sign from the 1920s sig...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Deco Folk Art

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Tin

Antique Industrial Art Deco Brass Internalite Ladies Illuminated Sign, c1920
Located in London, GB
A stunning illuminated 'Internalite' directional sign made in England by K.F.M Engineering. c.1930. Wall mounted brass frame housing the internal illuminations above polished plat...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Folk Art

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Brass

Early 20th century French antique street shop sign
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Here we present an unusual find of a french antique shop sign, circa 1920. Shaped steel, painted with applied lettering in french which reads 'antiques and secondhand goods'.  The d...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Folk Art

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Steel

Antique Vintage Reverse Painted Glass Chemist Pharmacy Sign, C.1930
Located in London, GB
An elegant reverse painted glass chemist's sign. c.1930 Gilt lettering and green carboy, reverse painted on clear thick plate glass. Set into a simple ebonised wooden frame.
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Folk Art

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Glass, Wood

1934 Tin Sign Belgian Beer Wielemans
Located in Antwerp, BE
1934 Tin sign for Belgian Beer of the brand Wielemans. An antique sign - advertising sign from the Art Deco period. This embossed metal sign was designed for the dark beer called Stout. It shows the typical long glass on foot used to serve this dark beer. The brewery was located in Brussels Belgium. The old beer sign was made in Brussels and is dated 1934. This sign from the 1930s has in the meantime a charming craquelé patina. It will look great in your home bar, mancave, kitchen, office, pub etc .. Belgian Beer - Belgian Beer Sign - Antique Signs - Vintage Signs - Tin Signs - Old Signs - Collectable Signs - Decorative Art - Decorative Wall Decoration - Wall Sign - Mancave Decoration - collecting beer signs - collecting vintage beer signs...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Folk Art

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Tin

1920s Mills 1 cent Wizard Fortune Teller, Chicago, Mills Novelty Co.
Located in Buffalo, NY
1920s Mills 1 cent Wizard Fortune Teller, Chicago, Mills Novelty Co..Tabletop fortune telling machine in a wooden cabinet. window with working ...
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1920s American Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Aluminum

Antique Sign for Bicycles Delta, Belgium, 1934
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large Art Deco tin advertising sign for bicycles of the Belgian Brand Delta. This Belgian tin sign is dated 1934. It's a lithographic tin store sign - agency display sign - billboard - wall sign - old advertising sign for bikes - bicycles - cycles - wheels of the brand Velos Delta. A black with green and gold sign made from pressed tin - pressed metal with relief. Awesome wall decoration even if you have nothing to do with old or antique bikes...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Folk Art

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Metal

Brown and white glazed stoneware vase by Jean Besnard, circa 1930.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Brown and white glazed stoneware vase by Jean Besnard. Artist signature under the base. Circa 1930. H : 8.7’ x 6.3’ inches.
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20th Century French Art Deco Folk Art

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Ceramic

Green and brown glazed stoneware vase by Pol Chambost, circa 1930.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Green and brown glazed stoneware vase by Pol Chambost. Artist signature under the base. Circa 1930. H : 13.4’ x 9.4’ inches.
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20th Century French Art Deco Folk Art

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Ceramic

Art Deco Pottery Iznik Platter Greber, circa 1930
Located in Austin, TX
Art Deco Pottery Iznik style Platter signed Greber Beauvais, circa 1930.
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1930s French Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Pottery, Ceramic

Orange and brown glazed ceramic vase by Joseph Talbot, circa 1940-1950.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Orange and brown glazed ceramic vase by Joseph Talbot. Artist’s monogram under the base. Circa 1940-1950. H : 18.9’ x 9.1’ inches.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Folk Art

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Ceramic

Édouard Bouillière - Toulouse City Poster from 1920
Located in PAU, FR
Old art deco poster of the city of Toulouse circa 1940. Designed by Édouard Bouillière and published by Affiches B.Sirven. 79 x 58.5 cm
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Paper

dark green and brown glazed stoneware vase by Daniel de Montmollin, 1990-2000.
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
dark green and brown glazed stoneware vase by Daniel de Montmollin. Artist signature under the base. Circa 1990-2000. H : 13.4’ x 9.4’ inches.
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Late 20th Century French Art Deco Folk Art

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Ceramic

Vintage Postmodern Art Glass Apple
Located in west palm beach, FL
A beautiful blown glass apple in such a gorgeous vibrant red. Acquired at a Palm Beach estate.
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Folk Art

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Blown Glass

Art Deco Tin Cranes and Flowers, 1930s, The Netherlands
Located in Antwerp, BE
Black Art Deco tin with crane birds and flowers in Asian style. This Art Deco storage tin with cranes dates from the early 1930s and was made by the Dutch...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Art Deco Folk Art

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Metal

Beer Sign, Germany, 1940s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Tin advertising sign for German Beer . This Thuringia beer sign for Vitaminator Nährbier was made by Union - Werke A-G Radebeul Dresden Germany in the 1940s. It is an orange with blue sign with nice lettering. In beautiful condition with some traces by age and use like on the borders and some light scratches on the blue. Vintage wall decoration theme beer, Brewery. Vintage Signs - Vintage Beer Signs - Beer Gift - German Beer - Orange Signs - Orange and Blue - Orange Wall Decor...
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Mid-20th Century German Art Deco Folk Art

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Tin

Vintage Georg Jensen Compact 278AA by Sigvard Bernadotte
Located in Hellerup, DK
This is a sterling silver Georg Jensen compact, design #278AA by Sigvard Bernadotte from circa 1940. Classic Bernadotte design, simple, elegant an...
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20th Century Art Deco Folk Art

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Sterling Silver

Antique Industrial Art Deco Brass Flambosign Illuminated Exit Sign, circa 1930
Located in London, GB
A large directional 'Exit' sign made in England by Flambosign. circa 1930 Believed to have come from the Ilford Hippodrome as it once stood prior to bomb damage and later demoliti...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Folk Art

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Brass

Large Antique Lighter, Iron, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Greven, DE
Exceptional lighter from heavy iron, France, early 20th century. Not functional.
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Folk Art

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Iron

Art Deco Traditional Wooden Hand Large Artist Mannequin Scale Model
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A handmade wooden Artist mannequin hand model - all joints move as they should. Found on an Estate sale in Vienna, Austria. Shows some minor wear - but looks beautiful on display! So...
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1930s Austrian Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Metal

1970's Art Deco style Oil on Canvas "Angel on my Shoulder" Custom Art Deco Frame
Located in Opa Locka, FL
I purchased this painting from a dealer in France. 1970's Art Deco style Oil on Canvas Painting "Angel on my Shoulder". I had this custom framed in a high deco style. I do not know w...
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1970s French Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Paint

Antique Industrial Art Deco Brass Internalite Enquiries Illuminated Sign, c1920
Located in London, GB
A stunning illuminated 'Internalite' directional sign made in England by K.F.M Engineering. c.1920. Wall mounted brass frame housing the internal illuminations above single sided ...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Folk Art

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Brass

Sterling Silver Baby Rattle teething Ring in the Style of Hermes
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautifully designed baby rattle - the sterling box encloses a bell type noise maker, The Saint Christopher limits those will use it, however, it is a stu...
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20th Century Art Deco Folk Art

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Sterling Silver

Stylized Drug Store Vintage Sign, "PRESCRIPTIONS / SQUIBB" Art Deco, Modernist
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stylized Drug Store Vintage Sign, "PRESCRIPTIONS / SQUIBB" Art Deco, Modernist..Salvaged from Downtown Buffalo NY dRUG Store,,, original stacked plywood ,painted silver lettering.. a...
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Metal

Vintage French Christian Dior Advertising Statue, 1960s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Beautiful and intriguing advertising statue for Christian Dior. This would have been used on a shop counter or to draw attention in a shop windo...
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1960s French Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Plaster

1920s Sign Belgian Beer, Black and Gold
Located in Antwerp, BE
Black and gold 1920s sign for Belgian Beer - dated 1927. A late Art Nouveau - Early Art Deco advertising sign for Belgian Beer. This antique shop display or shop sign was made for Blonde Dry-Pikkel, a blond Belgian Beer - beer from Belgium. This antique beer sign has a great condition for his age: almost 100 years old ! Publicity sign is made of Glassoïd over metal and made in Brussels. The design with the colors black and gold makes this sign very elegant and stylish and also modern, so it could fit many type of interiors. Antique signs - Art Nouveau Sign - Art Deco signs - antique beer signs - Belgian beer signs - black and gold sign - black and gold wall decoration...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Deco Folk Art

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Metal, Other

Art Deco Chest of Drawers from Berlin around 1930
Located in Greven, DE
Nice little chest of drawers from the German Art Deco. The combination of the black piano lacquer and the Kaukassischer walnut make this furniture an absolute eye-catcher. The entire...
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1930s German Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Brass, Chrome

Pair of Just Andersen, Denmark 1930s Art Deco Pewter Stylised Bird Pipe Holders
Located in Rothley, Leicestershire
Pair of Just Andersen of Denmark, Pewter stylised bird pipe holders Although a pair, they are not identical - each has it's own characteristics Circa 1930's Stamped on each base ...
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1930s Danish Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Pewter

1950s Asian Painted Tang Horse Drum / Table
Located in Las Vegas, NV
This would make a unique side table or stand. 1950s Asian Tang horse drum with a skin top. Hand caved & painted details all the way around with 3 brass ring handles as well as na...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Folk Art

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Metal

Art Deco Stylized Cat Door Stop in the Style of Walter Von Neesen
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous screeching black cat door stop in iron & steel. Stylized in the manner of Walter Von Neesen for Chase. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear.
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1940s American Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Steel, Iron

19th Century Russian Icon St. George and the Dragon Art Painting
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Spectacular Russian Icon St. George and the Dragon painting. It is hand painted with gold leaf on a wood panel. From the 19th Century. Really good condition. Very well kept. The orig...
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19th Century Unknown Antique Art Deco Folk Art

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Wood

Wild Natural Clay Sculpture Silo, Burnished Clay from the Mixteca Mountains
Located in London, GB
Silo is a sculpture that bases its beauty on the material in which it is made. Made of wild clay from the Mixteca mountains, this clay is cleaned in filters...
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2010s Mexican Art Deco Folk Art

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Clay, Wood

Italian Pirelli Wrought Iron Advertising Trade Sign 1920
Located in Hastings, GB
Absolutely incredible advertising sign for an Italian garage, blacksmith made in forged and ornate wrought Iron. This sign was removed from a garage in Turin, Italy where it had hung since 1920, advertising the variety of services the garage carried out, as well as Pirelli tyres. The sign is wonderfully weather beaten, with losses to the paint and sections of the advertising text. Overall the sign is in superb structural condition, with a couple of small fissures, which are barely noticeable. A truly exceptional piece of antique signage...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Deco Folk Art

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Wrought Iron

Litho Circus Poster, Clown and Circus Scenes, Willsons Leicester
Located in Antwerp, BE
Litho circus poster with clown and lots of circus scenes. A colorful Art Deco lithographic circus Poster - circus affiche printed by Willsons Show Printers Leicester ( England - UK ...
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Folk Art

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Paper

Large 48" Aluminum Hand Made Art Deco Barge (boat) signed Thomas Horan New York
By Michael Horan
Located in Buffalo, NY
Large and Unusual 48" riveted Aluminum Hand Made Art Deco / Modernist Barge (boat) signed Thomas Horan of New York,, Expertly crafted, superior quality and construction. Great design,
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1940s North American Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Sculptural Cast Iron Siamese Cat Door Stop with Gold Remnant
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous Art Deco Modern cast iron Siamese Cat door stop with gold paint remnants. Rare hard to find Sculptural Cat. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear, paint mostly gone.
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1950s American Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Iron

Antique American Art Deco Early Frigidaire Metal Advertising Sign
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce, likely one-of-a-kind, antique American Frigidaire enameled metal advertising sign, early 20th century, period Art Deco styling, the sign reads: "See Arkadelphia Hardware Co...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Folk Art

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Metal, Enamel

Large 19th Century Wooden Painted Lounge Sign This Is an Original Hotel Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A Large 19th century Wooden Painted LOUNGE Sign This is an original Hotel sign it is made in wood, it is 73” long This is a lovely old sign it has pa...
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Early 1900s Antique Art Deco Folk Art

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Pine

Eduard Buk Ulreich Black Runner 1933
Located in Hudson, NY
Oil on canvas by American artist Eduard Buk Ulreich. Signed and dated 1933. Retaining the original artists frame. Few of his oil paintings survive as most of what you find are water ...
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Canvas, Paint

Gold Single Monocle Magnifyer Opening into a Lorgnette
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderfully decorative single monocle or magnifying glass that easily opens to become a Lorgnette. The Piece looks great on a desk or work station or as a vintage display piece - v...
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19th Century Antique Art Deco Folk Art

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Gold

Stunning handmade circa 1930 Childrens Rocking Horse of a Dachshund Sausage Dog
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this one of a kind hand made in England rocking horse in the form of a Sausage dog. What a charming period piece of children’s folk art...
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1930s English Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Wood

Early 20th Century Steel and Wood Kids Toboggan, Europe
Located in Praha, CZ
In good original condition wood part is reoiled in nice patina no brakes and damages nice design seat height is 18cm.
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1920s European Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Steel

Art Deco Stylized Cast Iron Doorstop Sphinx with Pyramid and Original Paint
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Elegantly cast Art Deco Stylized Sphinx with Pyramid and in original paint Door Stop. Finished on both sides and retains most of the original color.
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Iron

Talbot La Borne 1930 Abstract Blue and Brown Ceramic Vase Art Deco
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Talbot - La Borne Abstract blue and brown stoneware ceramic vase 20th art deco ceramic vase Signed Original good condition Measures: Height 20 cm Large 12 cm.
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20th Century French Art Deco Folk Art

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Ceramic

Art Deco Sideboard Made of Rosewood with Brass Applications, Paris, around 1920
Located in Greven, DE
Original Art Deco furniture from a time full of life and elegance. We get all of our furniture unrestored so that we can be sure that it is really original. We then offer these as original until we recondition the furniture in our workshop and then offer it as restored furniture...
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1920s French Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Brass

Italian ceramic Essevi Sandro Vacchetti 1930 Dutch little girl
Located in Autonomous City Buenos Aires, CABA
Italian ceramic Essevi Sandro Vacchetti 1930 Dutch little girl Collectible ceramic produced by the famous Sardinian sculptor Sandro Vacchetti in the thirties, it is in an very good ...
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1930s Italian Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Ceramic

Antique Industrial Art Deco 'Exit' Illuminated Glass Sign, circa 1920
Located in London, GB
A stunning illuminated directional sign made in England, circa 1920. Black painted steel frame housing the internal illuminations above polished plate...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Folk Art

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Steel

Turn of the Century Metal Bowler
Located in Riverdale, NY
Turn of the Century Metal Bowler of molded sheet metal, possibly a salesmans sample or display item. 1930s. Marked ELTON. 10.5" x 9" x 4.
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1930s American Vintage Art Deco Folk Art

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Metal

Art Deco folk art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Art Deco folk art for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage folk art created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include folk art, decorative objects, wall decorations and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with metal, wood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Art Deco folk art made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and North America pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original folk art, popular names associated with this style include Charles Greber, Eugène Lion, La Borne Potters, and Roger Guerin. 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 folk art differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $120 and tops out at $180,000 while the average work can sell for $1,288.

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