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Neoclassical Folk Art

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Set of Eight American Black Lacquered and Gilt Fancy Chairs Baltimore, C. 1810
Located in Charleston, SC
Set of Eight American black lacquered and gilt fancy chairs with painted bird, floral, and shell motif. Two arms and six sides. Chairs have cane seats with upholstered silk cushions....
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1810s American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Silk, Upholstery, Pine, Giltwood, Lacquer, Paint

White Trompe L’Oeil Faux Fabric Unglazed Ceramic Plaster Dish or Taureen w/ Lid
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A lovely Trompe L'Oeil unglazed taureen. This beautiful piece is oval in shape and resembles an upholstered draped pillow box. It is created of plaster and made to look like tufts of...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

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Plaster

19Thc Blue & White Woven Jacquard Coverlet From Pennsylvania
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine original fringed indigo & white jacquard coverlet from Pennsylvania is in fine condition. It has a flying geese or birds in flight pattern similar to a quilt. It dates from...
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Early 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Cotton

Juan Archuleta Gates and Garden Painting
Located in Stamford, CT
Juan Archuleta gates and garden painting. Well done in a fine custom gilt frame from a fine New Jersey private. collection. Juan S.E. Archuleta, Born October 24, 1948. College: ...
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Late 20th Century Neoclassical Folk Art

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Canvas

Early 19th Century Italian Hand-Carved and Polychromed Wood Crucifix "Cadore"
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Early 19th century Italian hand-carved and polychromed wood crucifix sculptural school "Cadore" Measure cm: H 70, W 37, D 8 About: The area of Cadore and Bellunese in general ...
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood, Walnut

19th Century Grain Painted Paneled Wood Door
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous grain painted door from the mid-19th century. Painted to resemble tiger oak with its quarter sawn beauty. Painted on both sides however one side on the bottom third of the d...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Paint, Hardwood

English Equestrian Needlepoint Hunting Scene in Tall Rectangular Giltwood Frame
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Tall hanging framed hunting scene in needlepoint. This piece is a beautiful classical English hunting scene handmade and created from needlepoint. The piece depicts a rider in a trad...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

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Metal

Early Antique Italian Cassapanca Painted Bench
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A Neoclassical decorated carved and painted bench with lift up seat for storage. The back with scrolled crest and painted with a trompe l'loeil architectural frieze with masks, ribbo...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood

Rigged Half Model of the Schooner Yacht America
Located in Norwalk, CT
Crafted by Don Peterson, Larchmont, NY circa 1971, an outstanding model of the famed 19th century yacht racing yacht, America. On August 22, 1851, America won the Royal Yacht Squadro...
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1970s Vintage Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood

Antique Custom Mounted Dug Up Colt Revolver, circa 1930s
Located in Stamford, CT
A sculpture using an authentic dug up Colt revolver circa 1930s dug up in Colorado. Nice old weathered surface cleaned and waxed. Hammer mover back and forth. Trigger frozen and cyli...
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1930s American Vintage Neoclassical Folk Art

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Steel

18th Century Old Masters Oil Painting Attributed to Claude Joseph Vernet, France
Located in Traversetolo, IT
18th century old masters oil painting attributed to Claude Joseph Vernet, France. View of a Mediterranean port at sunset. Great pictorial quality especially in the representation of ...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Canvas

19th Century English School Horse and Jockey
Located in Wiscasset, ME
Well-executed oil on canvas featuring a horse and jockey in a beautiful English countryside landscape. This piece dates to the second half of the 19th century and is very mush in the...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Paint

19th Century Pedestal in Original Painted Surface
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century original painted silver or bronze crackle surface pedestal. The condition is amazing and very sturdy. The finish could have been touched up later but looks great. This i...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood

One of a Kind Antique Carved Wood Group Statue Sculpture by Emile Boisseau
Located in Lisse, NL
Unique 19th century French wooden sculpture. This large and figural group is titled 'La Defense Du Foyer' which translates as 'the protection of the spous.' This impressive sculptur...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood

Genuine Vintage Lawman Hat Milan Campaign Sheriff Ranger Police Officer
By Stratton
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: The Lawman genuine Milan hat. Sheriff Officer Ranger Police uniform hat. Style is Campaign. Labeled size 7 Dimensions: 14 3/4" D x 13 1/4" W x 5 3/4" tall Item ...
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Late 20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

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Straw

19th Century German Meissen Painted Porcelain Plaque
Located in London, GB
This charming painted porcelain plaque depicts a nymph and a faun embracing in a setting by a lake. Surrounding them are foliage, two other figures and a boar who runs across the for...
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19th Century German Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Metal

American Oil on Canvas of Two Masted Schooner Yacht under Full Sail 20th Century
Located in Charleston, SC
American nautical oil on canvas of two masted schooner yacht under full sail with American flag, crew on deck, second vessel in distance, and mounted in a silver gilt frame, Early 20...
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1920s American Vintage Neoclassical Folk Art

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Canvas, Wood, Paint

Antique Articulating Teddy Bear Driving Wagon Platform Pull Toy Americana
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique wheeled platform articulating pull toy featuring a teddy bear stuffed animal seated in a red white and blue wagon with arms that move up and down as it rolls.  
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Folk Art

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Mohair, Hardwood

German Vintage Hand Painted Kronester Bavaria Triangular Plate
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Original German vintage hand painted Kronester, Bavaria small triangular shape ceramic plate. Hand painted with stylized floral design decorative ceramic plate. Signed and numbered...
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20th Century German Neoclassical Folk Art

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Ceramic

19th Century French Folding Screen with Original Hand-Painted Outdoor Scene
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French painted folding screen room divider from the 19th century. This antique accordion style folding screen from France features four tall rectangular panels, each approximately ...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood

19th Century Grain Painted Paneled Wood Door
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous grain painted solid wood paneled door. Painted in the Trompe loi style to imitate rosewood or another exotic wood. Door is grain painted on one side only. Other side is ol...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Hardwood

Painted 19th Century Armchair by Jean-Joseph Chapuis
Located in Troy, NY
Neoclassical green painted and gilt armchair with caned seat. After a model by Jean-Joseph Chapuis. The front legs retain their brass casters, the rear legs are missing the casters.
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood, Cane

1920s Portland Cement Garden Sculptures of Putti Representing the Four Seasons
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large and very decorative group of garden sculptures representing the Classic Four Seasons, circa 1920s. Each putto is seated on a scrolled support with acanthus leaf details on wa...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

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Concrete

Italian Gilt Carved Wood Floral Window Bench. Circa 1780
Located in Charleston, SC
Italian gilt carved wood window bench with scrolled floral medallion arms, carved floral skirt , and terminating on scrolled fluted legs. Bench has been upholstered in white muslin. ...
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1780s Italian Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Gold Leaf

Running Horse Weathervane on Display Stand
By L. W. Cushing & Sons
Located in Atlanta, GA
A weathervane in the form of a running horse, that was likely modeled after "Dexter" circa late 19th century on a custom display stand. The full body molded horse has a gilt surface ...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Copper

Horse Weathervane with Gilt Surface on Display Stand
Located in Atlanta, GA
A trotting horse weathervane likely modeled after "Ethan Allen" with its original mount and displayed on a custom stand in a slightly upslope manner. The horse with full molded coppe...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Copper

Pair of Oval Still Lifes Attributed to the Early 19th C Milanese School, c1820
Located in valatie, NY
A pair of oval still lifes attributed to the early 19th C Milanese School, c 1820. The pair of still life oil paintings depict flowers, pears and a bird perched on a tree branch in a...
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1820s European Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Canvas, Wood

Vintage Solid Brass American Bald Eagle Wall Plaque Emblem Crest Heraldic
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage solid brass bald eagle shaped wall plaque. Measure: 23".  
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Mid-20th Century Neoclassical Folk Art

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Brass

Early 19th Century Wall Box from Pennsylvania
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This handmade wall box is made of walnut and is all hand-cut square nail and dovetailed construction. The drawer is dovetailed and retains the original handblown drawer pulls. It was...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood

Vintage Marx Tin Litho Motorcycle Cop Windup Toy C1948
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous working tin Litho Windup motorcycle cop toy with siren. Great color retention with a strong motor. Some edge wear from being played with, see pics. In excellent vintage cond...
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1940s American Vintage Neoclassical Folk Art

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Tin

President Dwight D. Eisenhower Commemorative Ceramic Plate
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A round ceramic commemorative plate of President Dwight Eisenhower. The plate is circular, with gold detail around the edges, and a portrait of President Eisenhower in the center. Be...
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20th Century North American Neoclassical Folk Art

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Gold

Pair of New England Painted Windsor Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful and comfortable pair of firehouse or captains style Windsor chairs. Retains original iron braces, painted surface and rich warm patina of wear. New England, circa 1850. Pur...
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1840s American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Paint, Wood

Monumental Antique Roman Bronze Works Gilt American Bald Eagle Sculpture Statue
Located in Dayton, OH
Museum quality antique solid bronze 70lb sculpture by Roman Bronze Works of an eagle seated on the base with wings outstretched. Roman Bronze Works, now operated as Roman Bronze Stud...
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Folk Art

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Bronze

Mid-19th Century Oil Portrait of Sisters
Located in Charleston, SC
Large museum quality original oil painting of Sisters Reading a Book "OF THE DOG KIND" with Illustrated Dog.
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Canvas, Paint

Vintage Tennis or Squash Rackets in Red White and Blue Set of 3
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Vintage set of three tennis rackets in red white and blue. This would make a great focal point hung on a wall or perhaps for using them for their intended purpose! Measures: 25.75...
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Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

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String, Wood, Paint

Coverlet Signed & Dated David Weand Ls Alfordt Montgomery ,Co, 1845
By David Gentleman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine Pennsylvania red and green handwoven coverlet with the original fringe is signed : " DAVID WEAND L.S.ALFORD , MONTGOMERY County 1845 " and retains the original fringe. Thes...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wool

19thc Eight Point Star Quilt
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine eight point star quilt is in pristine condition with a couple minor tiny spots. Mostly posted on the back side. This is a very large quilt.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Cotton

Bellamy Style Carved & Polychromed Mahogany Eagle
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Bellamy style carved & polychromed Mahogany Eagle, Nice patina and color, well carved example.   
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20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

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Mahogany

Vintage Hand Carved Wood Duck Decoy, Dempsey Tuckerton, NJ
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautifully carved wood duck decoy. Perfect for display on a bookshelf. Dimensions: 16" long 5.5" wide 7.5" tall.
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood

Vintage Americana Folk Art Jointed Wood Puppet Toy Clog Jig Dancer Minstrel
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage Americana, folk art style hand carved wooden jig or limberjack toy doll, dancing Minstrel puppet, with spring mounted bobble head and red, white, and black painted / striped ...
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical Folk Art

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Hardwood, Paint

Venetian Hand Painted and Gilt Figural Pagoda Two Drawer Commode, Circa 1780
Located in Charleston, SC
Venetian hand painted and gilt figural pagoda two-drawer commode with scalloped edge top, gilt carved shell form handles, and resting on a scalloped edge skirt with the original cabr...
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1780s Italian Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood, Giltwood, Paint

Nautical Sailboat or Yacht Model in Blue and White with Painted Wood Body, 1930s
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Beautiful model sailboat or yacht created from wood, brass, and canvas. The body is painted in a deep blue at the bottom with white edges. A brass propeller sits underneath. All on a...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

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Metal

18th Century Pennsylvania Carved Pine Over Mantle Panel
Located in Nantucket, MA
Large 18th Century Colonial Pennsylvania carved pine over-mantle panel, a hand-carved pine single board frieze with deep bas relief acanthus leaf scrolls against a scoop carved back...
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Late 18th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Pine

Pair of Italian Griffon Majolica Terracotta Pedestals on Plinths. Circa 1850
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of Italian Neoclassical Griffon Majolica terracotta pedestals with flanking circular floral tops and resting on molded step back plinths. Mid 19th century.
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1850s Italian Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Terracotta

Decorative Antique Red Metal Tricycle Seat Collection of 9
Located in Stamford, CT
A collection of 9 antique and vintage red metal tricycle seat collection. Each one different. A wonderful whimsical display. Can be displayed a multitude of ways. They range in size ...
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1940s American Vintage Neoclassical Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Antique Sea Shell Decorative Coffin Box with Lid
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A beautiful coffin shape trinket box encrusted with shells. This box would be stunning on a dressing table, side table, or coffee table. Its hinged lid opens to fit miscellaneous ite...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

Materials

Shell

American Oil on Board Portrait of Horse, NY, James Weiland, Circa 1900
By James Weiland
Located in Charleston, SC
American oil on board portrait of horse landscape in the original gold gilt floral frame. Signed James Weiland, (1872-1968) New York, Early 20th century. Weiland studied at the Roya...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

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Wood, Paint

Antique Italian Neoclassical Carrara Marble Bust of Daphne, Apollo's First Love
Located in New York, NY
A fabulously hand carved antique neoclassical style Italian Carrara marble bust of Daphne. This bust is of immaculate quality and craftsmanship. Daphne's hair is beautifully hand car...
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Mid-19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Carrara Marble

Victoria Ironstone Staffordshire Transfer ware Hatpin Holder in Flow Blue
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A staple in the ages where hats were the finishing touch to an outfit. This beautiful piece of ironstone ‘flow blue’ stoneware is tall in stature and features small pierced holes at ...
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20th Century English Neoclassical Folk Art

Materials

Paint, Ceramic

Spinning Wheel, Walnut Wood, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Spinning wheel. Walnut wood carved and turned. XIX century. Vertical carved walnut wood spinning wheel, which has been decorated with fine lines in certain areas, and the use of b...
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19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

Materials

Other

19th Century Heavy Copper Eagle Plaque with Copper Chain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century polished heavy copper profile hanging eagle plaque with a copper chain for hanging. Special shield on the belly of the eagle. This heavy thick copper shield is most unus...
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19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

Materials

Copper

Pair of Framed Mini 46 Star Parade Flags
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The distressed blue custom-made wood frames contain 46 star parade flags hand-sewn on cream cotton linen are sold as a pair. Great addition to any Americana collection.
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

Materials

Cotton

Folk Ceramic Butter Churn, Crock or Vase with Blue Stripe Decoration
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
This fine ceramic butter churn or crock is in fine condition for its age. Its body is cream, with a fluted top. Two blue stripes decorate the body, all in a shiny beautiful glaze. We...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

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Ceramic, Ironstone

American Civil War Era Black Metal Ballot Box by Geo Barnard & Company, 1800s
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Black cylindrical 19th century ballot box by Geo Barnard & Company of Saint Louis Missouri. A wonderful piece of history, this State government ballot box is tall and round in form. ...
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Early 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Metal, Tin

19th Century George Washington Cast Iron Stove Figure
Located in Essex, MA
A striking 19th century cast iron figure of George Washington, the full-body figure composed of two joined halves with a well detailed head, body and robe details, the back inscribed...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

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Iron

Early August Buermann Hand-Forged Carbon Steel Spurs and Original Leather Straps
By August Buermann
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
Early August Buermann hand-forged carbon steel spurs and original leather straps, circa 1880-1890, The spurs are complete and original, still retaining the spur bells, tooled leather...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Folk Art

Materials

Steel

3 Antique Violins
Located in Stamford, CT
3 antique violins. These are decorative for display or for parts only. Cracks and missing pieces. They range in size from 20.5" to 23". Nice wall grouping.
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1940s Unknown Vintage Neoclassical Folk Art

Materials

Wood

Wood Mallard Duck Decoy
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Dimensions: 13.5" long 5" wide 5" tall.
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20th Century American Neoclassical Folk Art

Materials

Wood