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MODERN STYLE
MODERN STYLE

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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21st Century Hook Magazine Holder Leather Basket with Fabric Handmade in Italy
Located in Bagnatica, Lombardia
Pinetti elegant basket made with upcycled leather with inside fabric in linen and cotton is part of Hook collection. The frame is composed of a grid-like structure of leather belts ...
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2010s Italian Modern Folk Art

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Leather, Fabric, Cotton

21st Century Almeria Magazine or Shoes Leather Basket Handwoven in Italy
Located in Bagnatica, Lombardia
This masterfully hand-woven basket belongs to our iconic Almeria collection. Made of eco-friendly leather, that is washable, resistant to light and water, it's suitable for indoor an...
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2010s Italian Modern Folk Art

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Leather

Alan Wallwork Studio Pottery Split Pod Sculpture
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Stoneware studio pottery 'split pod' form designed by Alan Wallwork (British, 1931-2019) and dating from around 1980. The heavily made sculptural pod stands on a narrow rounded base ...
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1980s English Vintage Modern Folk Art

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Stoneware

"Sunflower Vessel" Grey and White Limestone Sculpture by Artist Helen O'Connell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
‘Sunflower Vessel’ is one of Irish artist Helen O'Connell's signature vessel sculptures from the "Origami Works" series. Composed of the beautiful Kilkenny limestone, it shows the ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Irish Modern Folk Art

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Limestone

Delft Westraven Rotterdam Holland Ceramic Pottery Tile
Located in Studio City, CA
A colorful tile made by Delft in the Netherlands. Stamped "Westraven, Holland" on the verso. Dimensions: 6.1" high, 6.1" wide, .5" deep.
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20th Century Dutch Modern Folk Art

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Ceramic

Kokian Painting, " Pink Marilyn, black side behind ", 2010
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Kokian painting - Pink Marilyn, black side behind Canvas painting on stretcher - Acrylic With black frame Circa 2010 Signed Dimensions of artwork : 119 x 119 x 4 cm Dimension...
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2010s European Modern Folk Art

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Acrylic

Studio Pottery Glazed Figure of a Resting Bird Signed Heptagon Dated 1976
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
An unusual studio pottery glazed figure of a resting bird signed Heptagon to the base and dated 1976. The figure is well potted with its wings resting on its fanned tail feathers and...
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1970s English Vintage Modern Folk Art

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Pottery

Large & Unique Old African Mask, Chokwe, Congo, Solid Wood, Hand Carved, Antique
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful old African Mask, Chokwe, Congo. Good condition, hand carved, solid wood. Mask dimensions 33x22cm, on the stand 49cm high (stand not incl.)
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Early 20th Century Congolese Modern Folk Art

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Wood

Waiuku outdoor rug
Located in Milan, IT
The iconic designs from the renowned Missoni house are unmatched. Exciting and bold patterns and colours remain inspiring and add an instant touch of luxury to your home. From Poppie...
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2010s Italian Modern Folk Art

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Textile

Al G. Barnes Animal Show Circus Original Poster Framed, United States, 1895
Located in Madrid, ES
Original framed poster of famous Al G. Barnes Circus "Animal show circus".
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1890s American Antique Modern Folk Art

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Paper

Eric James Mellon '1925-2014' Rare Studio Pottery Tile Titled Mermaid
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very rare and unique British studio pottery tile hand painted with nudes and titled Mermaid by renowned potter Eric James Mellon (1925-2014) and dated 2000. The ceramic tile of rec...
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Early 2000s English Modern Folk Art

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Ceramic

Nantucket Harbor Scene, by Inna Garsoian
By Inna Garsoian
Located in Nantucket, MA
Nantucket Harbor Scene, by Inna Garsoian (1896–1984), circa 1946, oil on canvas view of wharves and waterfront from vantage of old Steamship office, signed lower right, and signed an...
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1940s American Vintage Modern Folk Art

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Canvas

Stunning Vintage Natural Burr Elm & Walnut Fruit Bowl & Apples & Pears Fruit
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning vintage handmade route root burr walnut fruit bowl and a selection of burr elm and & walnut apples and pears A selection of lovely...
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20th Century English Modern Folk Art

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Abstract Oil Painting Art after Leonardo Nierman
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Mid-Century Modern oil on board abstract art painting, signed Ilarenton, but difficult to read. Lower left corner has signature. Original gold leaf frame. In the s...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Folk Art

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Other

Vase 'David by Michelangelo' Mouth, Matt White Ceramic, Italy
Located in Quinto di Treviso, Treviso
The “Andy” ceramic collection VG presents a collection of Classic sculptures which revisits the techniques of pop art. The original work is taken apart; a few details are then remove...
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2010s Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Ceramic

Evocazione #17 by Marco Bellini
Located in Geneve, CH
Evocazione #17 by Marco Bellini Dimensions: 80 H x 8 W cm Materials: European walnut Fire, green vitriol, iron acetate Marco was born in the middle of the rice fiel...
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2010s Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Walnut

21st Century Leather and Walnut Wood Backgammon Set Handcrafted in Italy
Located in Bagnatica, Lombardia
Our backgammon set, a must of board games. Expertly crafted with canaletto walnut wood and dressed on the outside with a textured calfskin leather covering, its interior delivers ...
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2010s Italian Modern Folk Art

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Walnut, Leather

Danese Milano Otto, L’oca Print by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
L’Oca is a four-colour silkscreen print and is part of the Nature Series (Serie della Natura). The print is part of a study to transform an image into a symbol through the systematic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Paper

Hawaiian Artist Hand Carved Turned Wood Vessel Garniture Sculpture Vase Chalice
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderfully designed and unusually shaped wood-turned vessel/ sculpture/ chalice. Very well crafted. Noted: "Norfolk Pine. Carved in Hawaii" by the artist on the base. From...
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20th Century American Modern Folk Art

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Wood, Pine

'Rat Dog' Sculpture in Fiberglass by Finn Stone
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
We love this piece! Number 2 from an edition of 2, the other was sold recently on Saatchi online, and honestly we don't mind rat dog hanging around, he eats nothing and makes no mess...
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2010s English Modern Folk Art

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Fiberglass

Gucci by Tom Ford Black Leather Boots
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Tom Ford’s Gucci pair of knee-high leather boots, circa 1999. In a sleek silhouette, these Gucci boots are crafted in black lamb supple leather, finished with a block heel, side zip...
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20th Century Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Leather

Peter Shire EXP Signed Hand Painted Modern Large Ceramic Pottery Bowl
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic work by famed Los Angeles (Echo Park), California based artist Peter Shire who was a founding member (along with Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and others) of The Memph...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Folk Art

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Ceramic

Etro Home Interiors Papier Lilac Print with Frame
By Etro
Located in Cantu, IT
Lilac Print with white passe-partout and frame in gold finishing. L 110 H 130
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Canvas

Handmade Ceramic Accessories Grasshopper Green
Located in Lisbon, PT
These handmade decorative accessories combine the traditional Portuguese ceramic and glazing techniques in a modern approach of shapes and color, as they bring such brightness and jo...
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2010s Portuguese Modern Folk Art

Materials

Brass

Vase Hands, Matt Black and Gold Ceramic, Italy
Located in Quinto di Treviso, Treviso
The “Andy” ceramic collection VG presents a collection of classic sculptures which revisits the techniques of pop art. The original work is taken apart; a few details are then remove...
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2010s Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Ceramic

Domino Wall Mirror by Ciarmoli Queda Studio
Located in Milan, IT
Part of a collection of playful Domino-inspired pieces designed by Ciarmoli Queda Studio, this mirror will create a cohesive decorative pattern when displayed with the console in the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Brass

Danese Milano Uno, La Mela Print by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
La Mela is a two-colour silkscreen print and is part of the Nature Series (Serie della Natura). The choice of this archetypal subject matter and the form and technique used to repres...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Paper

Animal Isolation Rug, 1 of 1 by Nawaaz Saldulker
Located in Geneve, CH
Animal Isolation rug, 1 of 1 by Nawaaz Saldulker Edition 1/1 2020 Materials: Recycled fabric Dimensions: 156 x 123 cm. A unique reversible carpet, designed and manufactured by...
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2010s South African Modern Folk Art

Materials

Tapestry

Qercus Rubra #1 by Marco Bellini
Located in Geneve, CH
Qercus Rubra #1 by Marco Bellini Dimensions: 33 H x 44 W cm Materials: Red oak Fire, beeswax Marco was born in the middle of the rice fields of Vercelli, Italy, duri...
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2010s Italian Modern Folk Art

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Oak

Heinz Landes Pair of Solid Chairs, Germany 1986
By Heinz Landes
Located in London, GB
Postmodernism took many forms in the 80s. Both the Italian Memphis Group and the German "Neues Deutsches Design" subverted the expectation that design should aspire to functionalism,...
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1980s German Vintage Modern Folk Art

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Concrete, Metal

Hermanos Calavera Conquistador in Oiled Walnut by Miguel & Ilse Silva for Wooda
Located in Omro, WI
These handsome but quirky brothers designed by Miguel and Ilse Silva for Wooda are the result of an engaging mix of personality, love, fun and mischievousness. Los Hermanos Calavera(...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Folk Art

Materials

Hardwood, Maple, Oak, Walnut

Etro Home Interiors Perseus Mirror in Bronze Wood with Polished Brass
By Etro
Located in Cantu, IT
Structure in glossy dark wengè and patinated bronze wood. Bevelled natural mirror. Details in polished brass. L 89 D 5 H 140
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Brass

White Stoneware Ceramic Bowl by Lukas Richarz Modern Handmade Pottery
Located in Neuilly-en- sancerre, FR
Lukas Richarz Contemporary handmade ceramic bowl by the French artist. Elegant white stoneware ceramic glaze color. Original perfect condition Realized in France, circa 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Folk Art

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Ceramic

La Galerie Maeght Exhibition Print
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Maeght Foundation Gallery Exhibition poster commemorating the Alexander Calder Exhibit which took place from December 16, 1971, to August 21, 1972, in Paris France is in excelle...
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1970s French Vintage Modern Folk Art

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Evocazione #15 by Marco Bellini
Located in Geneve, CH
Evocazione #15 by Marco Bellini Dimensions: 74 H x 7 W cm Materials: European walnut Fire, green vitriol, iron acetate Marco was born in the middle of the rice fields of Verce...
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2010s Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Walnut

Molteni&C D.950.1F Medium Framed Mirror in Toulipier Wood by Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C heritage Collection this trio of frames was designed in 1950 by Gio Ponti in several sizes. Made of white hand painted solid wood. These complete the furnishing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Mirror

Danese Milano Sei, L’orso Print by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
L’Orso è is a three-colour silkscreen print and is part of the Nature Series (Serie della Natura). The print is part of a study to transform an image into a symbol through the system...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Paper

"Centrifugal" Grey and White Limestone Sculpture by Irish Artist Helen O'Connell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Centrifugal" from the Origami Series is the name given to this remarkable sculpture series by Irish artist Helen O'Connell. Composed of Irish Kilkenny limestone, it shows the master...
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21st Century and Contemporary Irish Modern Folk Art

Materials

Limestone

Danese Milano Scrittura Illeggibile White Print by Bruno Munari
Located in Hicksville, NY
Scrittura illeggibile bianco is a four-colour silkscreen print and is part of the collection “Edizioni d’arte” (Art Editions). The concept is based on the idea of observing writings ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

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Paper

Etro Home Interiors Hendrix Hand-Tufted Rug in Blue Color
By Etro
Located in Cantu, IT
Hand-tufted rug in wool from New Zeland. Pattern with Etro paisley. Blue color. L 400 D 300
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Wool

"Erratic Geometry" Grey Limestone Sculpture by Irish Artist Helen O'connell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Erratic Geometry" is the name given to this remarkable sculpture series by Irish artist Helen O'Connell. Composed of Irish Kilkenny limestone, it shows the mastery of her chisel in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Irish Modern Folk Art

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Limestone

Modernist Ceramic Owl Totem
By D. Anderson
Located in Denton, TX
Large ceramic totem with incised details depicting an owl stand guard By D. Anderson, 1992 Base is steel 12 x 8.
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20th Century North American Modern Folk Art

Materials

Steel

Derek Clarkson Attributed Large Abstract Glazed Porcelain Studio Pottery Vase
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A tall and striking studio pottery porcelain vase decorated in abstract colored glazes on a celadon ground attributed to Derek Clarkson and dating from the 20th century. The vase for...
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20th Century British Modern Folk Art

Materials

Porcelain

Southern Beasts Running Man Art Tapestry Mannequin by Mary Lou Marks
Located in Houston, TX
A modern and contemporary life-size running man art work masterfully covered with vintage bark cloth and antique vestaments. Mary Lou Marks is mother hen and artist to Southern Be...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Folk Art

Materials

Textile, Resin

Ghidini 1961 Mirror with Little Vase in Brass by Elisa Giovanni
Located in Villa Carcina, IT
Mirror with decor and brass frame. A classic Renaissance monofora is the form that inspired the mirror. The arc is defined by brass profile rounded at the bottom, just like on a wind...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Brass

Gianni Versace Collection Black and Gold Designer Carpet, Rug. Barocco
Located in Berlin, DE
Extremely rare and unique carpet by Gianni Versace. From first owner. Carpet has light pile abrasion on one side. Overall good condition. Including "Certificate of Authentic...
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20th Century Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Wool

Large Ceramic English Bulldog Sculpture, Late 20th Century, Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large Italian late 20th century English bulldog sculpture. This hand painted brown porcelain ceramic, stonewear English bulldog figurine is signed and numbered A/7350 C S. Italy. ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Folk Art

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Ceramic

Danese Milano 16 Pesci Toys in Solid Oak Wood by Enzo Mari
Located in Hicksville, NY
16 Pesci is a wooden puzzle, cleverly designed to produce 16 different fish shapes, with just one continuous cut, from a single piece of wood. It is one of the most famous examples o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

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Oak

Luna Hand-Tufted Rug in Dark Gray by Verner Panton
Located in Horsens, DK
Eight colored rug with organic circle pattern designed by Verner Panton. Material: 100% New Zealand wool Hand-tufted Color: Tone-in-tone gray.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Folk Art

Materials

Wool

Etro Home Interiors Papier Powder Print with Frame
By Etro
Located in Cantu, IT
Powder Print with white passe-partout and frame in gold finishing. L 110 H 130
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Folk Art

Materials

Canvas

Olinalá Mexican Traditional Lacquer, Silver Leaf and Oil Painting Art Urns
Located in Mexico City, MX
Three urns, two trays, one gourd. Turned solid cedar wood; maque and lacquer carving; silver leaf; oil painting. Commemoration, ceremony, and veneration of the ancestral are acts...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Modern Folk Art

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Silver Leaf

Original 1970s Italian Coat Rack in Chestnut, Cactus Design
Located in Buggiano, IT
Original 1970s Italian coat rack in chestnut, cactus design. To find out the cost of transport to USA etc write a message indicating the delivery city.
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1970s Italian Vintage Modern Folk Art

Materials

Chestnut

Bill Haskell Signed Carved Wood turned Maple Burl Wood Vase
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful work with elegant shape by California master woodturner artist Bill Haskell. The piece is signed and noted "Maple Burl" on the base. Would be a great addition to a...
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20th Century American Modern Folk Art

Materials

Maple, Wood

Wave Hand-Tufted Rug in Orange by Verner Panton
Located in Horsens, DK
Seven Colored rectangular rug with organic pattern designed by Verner Panton. Material: 100% New Zealand's Wool Hand-tufted Color: Orange.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Folk Art

Materials

Wool

Wave Hand-Tufted Rug in Yellow by Verner Panton
Located in Horsens, DK
Seven colored rectangular rug with organic pattern designed by Verner Panton. Material: 100% New Zealand's wool Hand-tufted Color: Yellow.
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Folk Art

Materials

Wool

Arkha 'Red', Tribal Rattan Armchair
Located in Bangkok, TH
The rattan language of the chair inspires by the symbolism in various tribal cultures. The color of the Arkha chair applying theory of pointillism. By wrapping ropes of various co...
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2010s Thai Modern Folk Art

Materials

Nylon, Rattan

Philippe Cazal 'Trouble' Woollen and Silk Rug
Located in London, GB
A limited edition, hand-woven rug from Chevalier Édition by the French artist Philippe Cazal (1948-present). Cazal’s work, which is owned by the Pompidou Centre among other collectio...
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2010s French Modern Folk Art

Materials

Wool, Silk

Telluric III Unique Sculpture by Awaré
Located in Geneve, CH
Corps Céleste III unique sculpture by Awaré Dimensions: L 40 x H 60 cm Materials: Cypress, silk, oxidation Awaré is the meeting of the sculptor Jérôme Pereira and the artist Syl...
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2010s French Modern Folk Art

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Silk, Wood