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Folk Art Floor Lamps

FOLK ART STYLE

Folk art is a genre of art that shares the creator’s traditions, offering not just an artistic display but an opportunity to learn about a culture. Antique, new and vintage folk art typically reflects a heritage or location. It can include utilitarian objects and handmade art as diverse as weather vanes, duck decoys, portraiture and paintings, carnival art and quilts.

Quilts are a quintessential part of American folk art but their roots are international, with quilting dating back to Ancient Egypt. The practice spread to Europe and was especially prominent in the Middle Ages, with one of the oldest surviving examples being the Tristan quilt made in Sicily in the 14th century. They were made as bedcovers and clothing, including as a layer for knights to wear beneath their armor. Native American folk art includes functional objects reflecting their heritage, such as baskets, textiles and wooden pieces.

Elsewhere, the vast range of work associated with Mexican folk art includes masks made by Mexican craftspeople for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater.

Works in the folk art tradition are valuable because of the skills involved, like weaving, hand-carving wood and even stonework. Many folk artists are self-taught, while some train as apprentices within their community. By using available materials and taking a personal approach to their creations, artists ensure each piece is unique and conveys a story.

During the Great Depression, artistic materials in America were hard to come by, so artisans used discarded wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to make highly stylized, notched pieces — most often picture frames and boxes — that are today sought after by collectors. This folk art style is called tramp art and was popular from roughly 1870 until the 1940s.

Folk art brings vibrant culture and traditions into your home. Browse an extensive collection of antique, new and vintage folk art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Folk Art
1930s Austin 10 Grille with Lucas King of the Road Head Lights
By Herbert Austin
Located in Søborg, DK
1930s Austin 10 Grille with Lucas King of the road head lights. Mounted onto a cast iron base and converted with LED lights. Original paint and with an overall great patina to the pa...
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1930s English Vintage Folk Art Floor Lamps

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Brass, Chrome, Iron

Large French Folk Art Wrought Iron Floor Lamp
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
One-of-a-kind, large floor lamp, entirely handmade out of iron, which has been wrought into hundreds of spirals then assembled together to form the structure of the lamp.
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20th Century French Folk Art Floor Lamps

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Wrought Iron

Vintage Cholla Cactus Skeleton Floor Lamp
Located in Forney, TX
A unique and interesting cholla cactus skeleton turned floor lamp, freestanding, hand-crafted, this charming piece of American Southwest folk art is sure to add elements of rustic so...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Floor Lamps

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Organic Material

Dachshund English 1960s Floor Lamp
Located in London, GB
Lovely folk art sausage dog floor lamp, great detail to the features. Rewired with bronze rope twisted silk flex. Delightful vintage light. Made in England in the 1960s.
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1960s British Vintage Folk Art Floor Lamps

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Wood

Architecual Element Lamp w/ Floral Ticking Shade
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Zinc Architecual Element lamp w/ Floral Ticking shade Lamp with Shade H 64 Lamp Base 9 x 11 x 45 H Shade top: 14.5 Dia shade bottom: 22 Dia.
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20th Century American Folk Art Floor Lamps

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Zinc

Colorful French Broken Plate "Pique Assiette" Mosaic Floor Lamp, circa 1940
Located in Houston, TX
Curious and colorful one of a kind, handmade lamp made from pieces of vintage and antique china and figurines. Round centre post on a square base. Has figural and animal statues atta...
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1940s French Vintage Folk Art Floor Lamps

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Ceramic, Pottery

Spanish Folk Art Floor Standing Standard Lamp
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Spanish Folk Art floor standing standard lamp A traditionally turned, carved and painted piece from Spain. This wooden lamp stands on a square base, it is stepped at floor level ...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Floor Lamps

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Hammered Brass Folk Art Modernist Floor Lamp
Located in San Mateo, CA
Amateur craftsman made modernist floor lamp. The lamp is a little arts and crafts, art deco and machine age combined. A great imaginative form, the lamp is made of found brass pieces...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Floor Lamps

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Brass

Impressive Ceramic Floor or Table Lamp in Mystic and Majestic Mayan Style
Located in Doornspijk, NL
This eye catching floor or table lamp in Mayan style truly is an impressive piece. Its foot is a large ceramic statue of a queen and her child, or a king if you will with his succes...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Folk Art Floor Lamps

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Handwoven Paper Sunrise Floor Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Sunrise" woven paper floor lamp made by Japanese lighting designer Yuri Kinoshita. Shade measures 37 D x 30 H. Can also be taken off the stand and hung from the ceiling. This partic...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Folk Art Floor Lamps

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Steel

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