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Baroque Folk Art

BAROQUE STYLE

The decadence of the Baroque style, in which ornate furnishings were layered against paneled walls, painted ceilings, stately chandeliers and, above all, gilding, expressed the power of the church and monarchy through design that celebrated excess. And its influence was omnipresent — antique Baroque furniture was created in the first design style that truly had a global impact.

Theatrical and lavish, Baroque was prevalent across Europe from the 17th to mid-18th century and spread around the world through colonialism, including in Asia, Africa and the Americas. While Baroque originated in Italy and achieved some of its most fantastic forms in the late-period Roman Baroque, it was adapted to meet the tastes and materials in each region. French Baroque furniture informed Louis XIV style and added drama to Versailles. In Spain, the Baroque movement influenced the elaborate Churrigueresque style in which architecture was dripping with ornamental details. In South German Baroque, furniture was made with bold geometric patterns.

Compared to Renaissance furniture, which was more subdued in its proportions, Baroque furniture was extravagant in all aspects, from its shape to its materials.

Allegorical and mythical figures were often sculpted in the wood, along with motifs like scrolling floral forms and acanthus leaves that gave the impression of tangles of dense foliage. Novel techniques and materials such as marquetry, gesso and lacquer — which were used with exotic woods and were employed by cabinetmakers such as André-Charles Boulle, Gerrit Jensen and James Moore — reflected the growth of international trade. Baroque furniture characteristics include a range of decorative elements — a single furnishing could feature everything from carved gilded wood to gilt bronze, lending chairs, mirrors, console tables and other pieces a sense of motion.

Find a collection of authentic antique Baroque tables, lighting, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Baroque
1770 Green Floral Painted Wardrobe
Located in Albignasego, IT
Tyrolean Blue-Green wardrobe dated 1770 Period: 1770 (dated) Origin: Tyrol Essence: Fir Measures: Height: 196cm Width: 147 cm (160 cm at the frames) Depth: 50 cm (56 cm at the frame...
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1770s Austrian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Fir

Pair of early 18th century Italian cherubs in polychrome wood
Located in Oostende, BE
This pair of cherubs comes from a noble family in Milan (Italy). Wear consistent with age and use. They are sold as a pair, not separately.
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Mid-Century Mexican Folk Art Carved Polychrome Painted Baby Christ Figure Pair
Located in Forney, TX
A charming pair of vintage Mexican folk art hand carved and painted Infant Jesus religious figures. circa 1960 Handmade in Mexico, mid-20th centu...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Baroque Folk Art

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Gesso, Paint, Wood, Glass

Pair of Baroque Style Wood Carved Cherub Angel Heads, Vintage German, 1930s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A pair beautiful hand carved and hand painted cherub angel Heads, found at an estate sale in Germany. Made by a woodcarver in the Oberammergau are...
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1930s German Vintage Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Early 20th Century Musical Birds Automaton
Located in Middleburg, VA
Early 20th Century Musical Birds Automaton. Two automated singing birds with strong voices amidst foliage in a “baroque” style gilded brass cage. The Birds take turns singing to each...
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Early 20th Century German Baroque Folk Art

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Brass

18th Century French Portrait Painting of man with gold painted gilt wood frame
Located in Milano, IT
An 18th Century French Portrait painting of a man in its original gold painted gilt wood frame. The frame has time worn damage t...
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18th Century French Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Giltwood, Paint

Bjorn Wiinblad Christmas Plate Angel with Harp 1978 Collectible Limited Ed 11 in
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Bj0rn Wiinblad Christmas Plate 1978 "Angel with Harp". limited edition 11 inches diameter. Bjørn Wiinblad porcelain Christmas plate 1978, produced by Rosenthal. Dimensions: 11.25 in....
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Late 20th Century German Baroque Folk Art

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Porcelain

18th Century Carved And Painted Wooden Crucifix From France
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An early 18th Century antique hand carved and polychromed hand painted table crucifix from France with its original patina preserved. This crucifix could possible date back as early ...
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Early 18th Century French Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Fruitwood

Scandinavian 18th Century Wooden Box, Dated 1752
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A Swedish Baroque box with original ironwork, key and big strong perfectly working lock dated (forged in the iron) 1752. This special shaped pine wood box, bought in the region of "...
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1750s Norwegian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Iron

Gianni Versace Collection Rug Wild Barocco, Gold Leopard Animal Print, 1980
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Rug designed and manufactured by Atelier Versace Wild Barocco Measures: 220 x 220 In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use A vintage Gianni Versace home...
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1980s Chinese Vintage Baroque Folk Art

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Wool

St. John Santos Sculpture, 18th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
A large Saint John the Baptist santos sculpture, 18th century. 17 ½ inches wide by 14 inches deep by 43 inches tall
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18th Century European Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Gianni Versace Collection Rug Wild Ivy, Gold Zebra Animal Print, 1980
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Gianni Versace collection rug wild ivy, gold zebra animal print, 1980 Rug designed and manufactured by Atelier Versace Wild Ivy rug Measures: 200 x 300 In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use A vintage Gianni Versace home...
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1980s Chinese Vintage Baroque Folk Art

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Wool

Antique 18th Century Dutch Delft Tile of a Mermaid & Serpent
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique 18th century Dutch Delft pottery tile. Depicting a mermaid in the ocean wringing a snake with her hands. Simply a wonderful Dutch Delft tile! Date: 18th Cent...
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18th Century Dutch Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Ceramic, Pottery

Baroque Period European Antique Carved Polychrome Santo Altar Figure
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce Baroque Period European antique hand carved and painted wood santo altar figure, 17th/18th century, the religious folk art sculpture depicting Ma...
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18th Century European Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Gesso, Wood, Paint

Pair of Petite Wood Carved Cherub Angel Heads, Vintage German 1960s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A pair beautiful petite hand carved cherub angel Heads, found at an estate sale in Germany. Made by a woodcarver in the Tyrollean Area in Austria, this area is well-known for their w...
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1960s German Vintage Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

18th/19th Century Italian Baroque Silvered Metal Altar Monstrance Reliquary
Located in Forney, TX
A stunning antique Italian Baroque style silvered metal gilded wood monstrance reliquary. circa 1770-1820 Handmade in Italy in the late 18th / early 19th century, commissioned by the church to display an important religious relic, sculptural painted wood form, mounted with decorative silver repousse metal facing, open oval window where the philatory relic was once housed, rising on a gold gilt painted shaped plinth base. Dimensions: (approx) 17" High, 8" Wide, 5" Deep, 1.25lbs History: Reliquaries (also referred to as a shrine or châsse in French), are containers used to protect and display relics. A portable reliquary may be called a fereter, and a chapel in which it is housed a feretory. A monstrance, also known as an ostensorium (or an ostensory), is a vessel used in Roman Catholic, Old Catholic, High Church Lutheran and Anglican churches for the display on an altar of some object of piety, such as the consecrated Eucharistic host during Eucharistic adoration or Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. It is also used as reliquary for the public display of relics of some saints. The use of reliquaries became an important part of Christian practices from at least the 4th century, initially in the Eastern Churches, which adopted the practice of moving and dividing the bodies of saints much earlier than the West, probably in part because the new capital of Constantinople, unlike Rome, lacked buried saints. Relics are venerated in the Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and some Anglican Churches. Reliquaries provide a means of protecting and displaying relics. While frequently taking the form of caskets, they range in size from simple pendants or rings to very elaborate ossuaries. The relics were enshrined in containers crafted of or covered with gold, silver, gems, and enamel. These objects constituted a important form of artistic production across Europe and Byzantium throughout the Middle Ages. Many were designed with portability in mind, often being exhibited in public or carried in procession on the saint's feast day or on other holy days. Pilgrimages often centered on the veneration of relics. The faithful often venerate relics by bowing before the reliquary or kissing it; those churches which observe the veneration of relics distinguish between the honor given to the saints and the worship that is due to God alone. Sixteenth-century reformers such as Martin Luther opposed the use of relics since many had no proof of historical authenticity and objected to a cult of saints. Many reliquaries, particularly in northern Europe, were destroyed by Calvinists or Calvinist sympathizers during the Reformation...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Metal

Large Frame with Floral Motifs and Acanthus
Located in Benalmadena, ES
Beautiful frame with elaborate acanthus leaves and intertwined floral motifs in golden tones. Dimensions: 91 cm x 80 cm x 12 cm Inside: 60 cm x 49 cm
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20th Century European Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Set of 6 Liturgical Ornament Cape, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of 6 Liturgical Ornament Cape. Manufactured in Spain, circa 1950. In original condition with minor wear consistent of age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Materia...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Baroque Folk Art

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Brass

Wooden Box, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Wooden Box, circa 1950. By unknown manufacturer, Japan. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful pat...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Three Petite Wood Carved Cherub Musician Angels, Vintage ANRI, Italy, 1980s
By ANRI
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A set of three beautiful petite hand carved cherub angels, found at an estate sale in Verona Italy. Made by a woodcarver in the South Tyrollean Area in Italy, this area is well-known...
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1960s German Vintage Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

18th Century Italian Carved Wood and Polychromed Figure of Baby Jesus
Located in Ballard, CA
18th century exceptional Italian carved wood and polychromed figure depicting baby Jesus holding the world in his hand, he has halo made from sterling silver and the globe is also st...
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Mid-18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Silver

18th Century Continental Italian Baroque Wood Carved Kneeling Angel Sculpture
Located in Studio City, CA
A truly magnificent and wonderful large hand-carved Italian Baroque wood church angel from the 18th Century. This work, which at one point was likely pol...
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18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

18th-19th Century Italian Wood Carved Angel
Located in San Francisco, CA
A lovely angel, his right hand extended as if to touch something or hold something. He appears very calm and peaceful, clothed in a partial shroud which is draped over his shoulder...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Vintage Richters German Anchor Blocks Building Toy
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Discover a piece of history with this vintage Richters German anchor blocks building toy, also known as Der Geschickte Baumeister. Made in Rudolstadt, Germany, circa 1900, this set c...
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Early 1900s German Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Quartz

Pair Beautiful Baroque Style Stucco Plaster Cherub Angel Heads, Antique Italy
Located in Nuernberg, DE
These beautiful Baroque plaster cherub angel heads are an antique from Italy. Made of plaster and hand painted, these cherub angel heads feature intrica...
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19th Century German Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Plaster, Stucco

Diminutive Italian Grand Tour Model of Ruins, Sienna Marble, Statue / Sculpture
Located in Stamford, CT
Italian Grand Tour Corinthian Style Stone / Marble Model of Ruins, Sienna Marble, Statue / Sculpture. Grand Tour Giallo Antico Marble Model of the Temple of Castor & Pollux. A very fine and early Roman neoclassical period grand tour Sienna...
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1890s Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Marble, Breccia Marble

18th Century Noblewoman Man Wooden Gingerbread Cookie Speculaas Springerle Mold
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A Classic 118th century wooden double sided gingerbread cookie or speculaas springerle mold (Noblewoman and Nobleman). Made of hand carved wood. Found...
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Late 18th Century Austrian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Oil Painting on Canvas 18th century
Located in Berghuelen, DE
The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Oil Painting on Canvas 18th century An antique oil painting depicting the sacred heart of Jesus. Oil on canvas with p...
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Early 18th Century German Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Canvas, Wood

Richters German Anchor Stone Blocks Building Toy
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Richters German anchor blocks building toys / Der Geschickte Baumeister Made in Rudolstadt, Germany, circa 1900. Wooden box with printed paper labe...
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Early 1900s German Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Quartz

Sconce Wall Iron Hood Vernacular Folk Baroque 17 Century
Located in BUNGAY, SUFFOLK
Extremely rare survival of a 17th century vernacular iron wall sconce Unusually incorporating a hood to protect against fire and reflect the heat back into the room so it does not r...
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17th Century English Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wrought Iron

Set of 3 Bavarian or Austrian Carved Hunting Trophies, 18th & 19th Century.
Located in Berlin, DE
A set of 3 hand carved and partly polychrome mounted chamois hunting trophies. Executed in South Bavaria or Austria in the 18th / 19th century. Great alpine and chalet decoration.
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Antique french Royal Wedding Quilt
Located in Doha, QA
This rare and outstanding French antique Royal Quilt with flower design and each square consisting of four Fleur-de-lis originally was used for ceremonial Royal weddings at the Roman Catholic Churches. The borders of the Quilt represent the typical Greek key design and the middle part is various flowers and leaves, some of them close to tulips images, which at that time were symbol of love and loyalty. Weddings Quilts...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wool, Linen

18th Century One-Door Wardrobe, Central Europe
Located in Albignasego, IT
One-door wardrobe in fir from 1700 Measures: Height 185cm – Width 115cm (130 to the frames) – Depth 50cm (57 to the frames) Spruce wardrobe, with one door, in excellent conditi...
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1750s Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Fir

Versace Collection Rug Petit Barocco Nero Black Gold, 1980
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Rug made in China designed and manufactured by Atelier Versace Petit Barocco Nero 200 x 300 In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use A vintage Gianni Versace...
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1980s Italian Vintage Baroque Folk Art

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Wool

Richters German Anchor Stone Blocks Building Toy
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Richters German Anchor blocks building toys / Der Geschickte Baumeister Made in Rudolstadt, Germany, circa 1900. Wooden box with printed paper labe...
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Early 1900s German Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Quartz

Cherub Carved from Wood with Polychrome & Gilt
Located in Chicago, IL
An Italian cherub, carved from linden wood wood. This graceful and exceptionally well-carved figure was likely part of an altar ensemble. The eyes and face are particularly well-form...
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Mid-18th Century Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Pair of Blue and White Delft Calendar Plates
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Pair of Delft calendar plates in blue and white garden scenarie. March and April plates. These two plates were part of a 12 plate series of calen...
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Mid-18th Century Dutch Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Delft

wedding chest
Located in Žilina, SK
This painted chest comes from Slovakia, year 1861.
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1860s Slovak Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Antique Baroque Handcarved Lion Sculpture, Italian or Austrian
By Antonio Raggi
Located in Vienna, AT
Early fine carved sculpture of a lying lion. Attributed to the circle of Alessandro Vittoria, located in northern Italy/ Venice. Original late Renaissance or early Baroque figure. T...
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17th Century Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

wedding chest
Located in Žilina, SK
This painted chest comes from Germany, year 1811
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1810s German Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Scandinavian 18th Century Brass Nutcracker with Wooden Handles
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Late 18th century brass nutcracker, probably from Denmark. The brass cracker top glows and is balanced by the brass ends with petite ball tips. Strong warm wooden handles are the p...
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Late 18th Century Scandinavian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Brass

Wedding Chest
Located in Žilina, SK
This painted chest is from Slovakia, year 1888.
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1880s Slovak Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

wedding chest
Located in Žilina, SK
This painted chest comes from Slovakia, year 1870
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1870s Slovak Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Hardwood

wedding chest
Located in Žilina, SK
This painted chest comes from the Czech republic, year 1804. Their wedding variants, which stood out for their rich painted decoration, had a special position among the chests. "The chest was given to the bride as part of the dowry, and its purchase put a significant burden on many a family's budget." Compared to the other furniture in the room, the wedding chest...
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Early 1800s Czech Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

wedding chest
Located in Žilina, SK
This painted chest comes from the Czech republic, year 1818.
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19th Century Czech Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

wedding chest
Located in Žilina, SK
This painted chest comes from the Czech republic, year 1808.
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Early 1800s Czech Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

wedding chest
Located in Žilina, SK
This painted chest of gold and silver dust comes from Slovakia, year 1838.
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1830s Slovak Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Wedding Chest
Located in Žilina, SK
This painted chest comes from the Czech republic, year 1807.
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Early 1800s Czech Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Miniature Portrait of a Sleepy Eyed Man, Circle Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich
By Christian Wilhelm Dietrich
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Miniature portrait of a sleepy eyed man, circle Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich Germany 18th century, inscribed on back, refer to ph...
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18th Century German Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Canvas, Glass, Wood

wedding chest
Located in Žilina, SK
This painted chest comes from Czech republic, 90 years, 19th century.
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19th Century Czech Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Swedish 19th Century Baroque Leather Armchair
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A 19th Century Baroque armchair with original leather clothing from Sweden in dark wood.  
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Leather, Wood

19th Century Double Sided Carved Wooden Sun
Located in Hastings, GB
An absolutely captivating deeply carved wooden sun sign, double sided, most likely dating to the early 19th century. This piece has spent much of it’s life ...
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19th Century French Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

18th Century Polychrome Delft Oil and Vinegar Stand
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
18th century polychrome Delft oil and vinegar stand in Imari flower decorations.
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Mid-18th Century Dutch Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Delft

18th Century French Pair of Oils on Gold Leaf Panels
Located in North Miami, FL
18th century French pair of oils on gold leaf panels. One is depicting an angel playing the violin, and the other one is holding the music book.
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18th Century French Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Gold Leaf

French 18th Century Bed Warmer with Coat of Arm Symbols
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An 18th century French bed warmer in copper with wooden handle. With the hammered decoration of a noble family own coat-of-arms. The last is showing ...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Copper

Fine Indo-Portuguese Ebony Corpus
Located in London, GB
A fine 18th century Indo-Portuguese corpus, carved out of solid ebony. In very good condition with a good patina.
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Early 18th Century Indian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Ebony

18th Century Carved Venetian Polychromed Gondola Figurerhead
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
18th century carved Venetian polychromed gondola figurerhead, realistically carved and painted, raised on a 6.5" diameter base.
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Italy Sicily Late 19th Century Set of 4 Kitchen Wooden Tiles with Rural Scenes
Located in Brescia, IT
This particular set of wooden tiles, was handmade with colorful rural scenes, to decorate the sides of the Sicilian carts used during popular folks. Thes...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Baroque Folk Art

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Wood

Baroque folk art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Baroque folk art for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Late 20th Century, 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 wood, metal and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Baroque folk art made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and Germany pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original folk art, popular names associated with this style include Gianni Versace, Pietro da Cortona, Rosenthal, and Versace. 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 $180 and tops out at $38,903 while the average work can sell for $2,727.

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