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Folk Art Table 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
English Mid-20th Century Nautical Table Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Vintage nautical ships telegraph table lamp The ships telegraph is mounted as a lamp, on a mahogany, brass and painted iron base.     
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Early 20th Century English Folk Art Table Lamps

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Brass, Iron

Pair of Hammered Copper Table Lamps Folk Art Handcrafted, 1950's
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Beautiful pair of handcrafted hammered copper table lamps, all original, rewired, shades not included.
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1950s American Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Copper

Carnival Barrel Table Lamp
Located in Houston, TX
Carnival barrel table lamp, newly wired for use within the USA. This charming lamp comes from a hand painted, handmade carnival barrel. I find the colors so happy and colorful on thi...
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1930s American Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Tôle

Outstanding Antique Boxer Table Lamp
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is truly an amazing painted plaster full image of a boxer with gloves on. New silk wiring and original goat hide shade. NOTE: height of boxer sculpture is 15.25 inches, goat ...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Plaster

Antique German Black Forest Carved Violin Musical Group Table Lamp, c1880
Located in Big Flats, NY
Antique German Black Forest table lamp offers carved sculptural base with music instrument grouping to include violin, bow and book, wired for US electrical use, c1880 Measures - ...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Folk Art Table Lamps

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Wood

Vintage Wood Marquetry Lamp
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Dramatic modern form lamp with a combination of marquetry with parquetry. Measurements are 11" diameter base, 30" high to the top of the finial. Height to the bottom of the socket is...
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1930s American Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Wood

French Brass Greyhound Statue Lamp
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
French brass greyhound statue lamp A handsome piece made in Brass and Iron with a bronzed finish to the dog 3 Dimensional and looks great from all sides, the shade of this lamp h...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Table Lamps

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Brass

Antique Moroccan Glazed Terracotta and Brass Table with Shade
Located in Miami, FL
This table lamp has a glazed terracotta core and is topped with a brass shaft and double sockets. Uses two regular light bulbs with 40 watts each. In perfect working condition. N...
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1950s Moroccan Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Brass Looped Hunter's Horn Bugle Made into a Table Lamp by Robert Abbey
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage brass looped hunter's bugle made into a table lamp. handcrafted Robert Abbey table lamp. Vintage decorative brass hunting horns, British horn bugle, or military brass Instr...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Table Lamps

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Brass

Swedish Folk Art Candlestick Table Lamp, Dated 1737
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
18th century converted Folk Art candlestick table lamp, Swedish, dated 1737.       
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1730s Swedish Antique Folk Art Table Lamps

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Pine

Ambient cylinder shaped Table Lamp in Onyx
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Although there are a few other places in the world where the semi-precious stone Onyx exist, we found our collection in Mexico. A Bit Of Information On The Semi-Precious Stone Onyx....
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1850s French Antique Folk Art Table Lamps

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Walnut

Vintage Turned Wood Lamp Made of Mahogany, Maple and Walnut
Located in Nantucket, MA
Large turned wood lamp of urn-form made by gluing pieces of various types of wood together then lathe turning the block to reveal patterns of color variation. This piece was glued up...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Table Lamps

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Mahogany, Maple, Walnut

Lantern Wood Swedish 19th Century Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Lantern wood, Swedish, 19th century Sweden. A lantern made in Sweden during the early 19th century. Frame in wood with original glass. One candle holder.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Table Lamps

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Blown Glass, Wood

Charming Swedish Pottery Lamp with Woman and Horse Design
Located in Houston, TX
Charming hand-thrown Swedish pottery lamp with interesting folky woman and horse motif. Circa 1950s. Re-wired for USA with Edison socket.
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1950s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Pottery

Pair of Mario Torres Table Lamps
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Pair of rustic modern wicker table lamps with two parrots on each, perched on a tree branch and your choice of a wicker or linen shade. Signed Mario Torres on a brass medallion.
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2010s Mexican Folk Art Table Lamps

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Reed

Pair of Hand Carved Wooden African Folk Art Figure Lamps and Custom Woven Shades
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Folk Art lamps - Hand carved African Figures on a black base - A decorative brass rod extend to the top with two custom made Lamp Shades made of woven black fabric with knots...
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20th Century Central African Folk Art Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Custom 'Flower' Table Lamp
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage custom flower table lamp circa 1950-1979. Custom lamp composed of paper, wire, wood and papier-mâché, Lamp shades are paper flowers. All hand-painted. Newly wired for use wit...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Brass, Wire

Pair of Boot Lamps, Made from Early 20th Century Cavalry Officer’s Riding Boots
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Pair of Boot Lamps, made from Early 20th Century Cavalry Officer’s Riding Boots A great pair of Cavalry Officer’s Riding Boots from the early 20th Century, this superb looking pai...
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20th Century Folk Art Table Lamps

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Leather

Pair of Antique Cast Iron Elements as Table Lamps
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large and very solid feeling pair of antique iron architectural elements as lamp bases. Three part shaped iron elements with decorative motifs with leaves on the tops and bottoms. ...
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Table Lamps

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Iron

20th Century Table Lamp with Shells
Located in Buggiano, IT
Table lamp with plastic sphere manually coated with shells, very elegant. In working condition. Equipped with original 20th century European wiring. We recommend buyer consults an...
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1980s Italian Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Shell, Plastic

Burl Wood Lamp
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Circular burl wood lamp. Wood portion measures 6.5" diameter and 7.5" high. Total height from base to the bottom of socket is 12". We added a brass base, brass neck and hardware. Wir...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Brass

Antique & Unique Early 1900s Dutch Folk Art Scale Model Windmill w. Light Inside
Located in Lisse, NL
One of a kind and good size scale model of an 18th century Dutch windmill. With windmills being one of Holland's most famous landmarks one would think that you would find many antiq...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Folk Art Table Lamps

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Metal, Zinc

Vintage Folk Art Gun Lamp of Wrought Iron and Driftwood
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vintage Folk Art table lamp handmade in the shape of a gun/ rifle using driftwood and wrought iron and having an antique horseshoe mounted as the front sight.
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20th Century American Folk Art Table Lamps

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Wrought Iron

1920s Bulbous Folk Art Painted Spanish Lamp and Shade
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
1920s Bulbous Folk Art painted Spanish lamp and shade This an attractive painted lamp, the lamp has a hand carved bulbous Fair Ground Twisted column which is painted in Gold, Gree...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Table Lamps

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Wood

Assembled Pair of Early 20th Century Trench Art Vases Custom Mounted as Lamps
Located in Dallas, TX
An assembled pair of brass artillery shell casing trench art vases now mounted as lamps with custom Lucite bases and tapered square custom linen shades trimmed in dark green gimp. T...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Table Lamps

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Brass

Stoneware Two Handled Jug Lamp
Located in Greenwich, CT
Good 19th century stoneware two handled jug, now as lamp, having unusual mottled rust and grey pottery surface and excellent form.
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1860s European Antique Folk Art Table Lamps

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Earthenware

Early Vintage Chulucanas Style Andes Pottery Lamp
Located in East Hampton, NY
Spherical & Symmetrical is the overall style of this vintage pottery table lamp with a wonderful exaggerated vintage gold foil metallic shade. The shade is vintage, not perfect and i...
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Late 20th Century Peruvian Folk Art Table Lamps

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Pottery

Vintage Nautical Table Lamp with Patinated Brass Boat Propeller Base
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Impressive nautical table lamp composed of a nylon rope wrapped stem anchored by a vintage boat propeller, (circa 1970s, USA). Accents and propeller are brass, and the propeller show...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Brass

Glazed Ceramic Crock Lamp with English Royal Coat of Arms
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Interesting and large glazed ceramic crock or jar made into a table lamp featuring the English royal coat of arms on one side. This large earthenware vessel has been mounted to a rou...
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19th Century English Antique Folk Art Table Lamps

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Brass

Pair of 19th Century Bronze and Brass Stamped Indian Temple Oil Burning Lamps
Located in London, GB
Pair of 19th century bronze and brass stamped Indian temple oil burning lamps Item detail: We are proud to offer a pair of 19th century handmade bronze and brass Indian temple oil b...
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1850s Indian Antique Folk Art Table Lamps

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Bronze

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 Table Lamps

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Ceramic, Suede, Velvet

Table Lamp With 4 Tier Deer Hoof With Nickel Bands And Antler Finial
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century table lamp with 4-tier deer hoof with nickel bands and brass fitted antler finial. Shade is not included.
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20th Century American Folk Art Table Lamps

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Organic Material

Folk Art Table Lamp of Dogwood Weaving Shuttles
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage folk art table lamp made in the mid-20th century from three brass tipped weaving shuttles on a matching wood stand. Affixed to each shuttle by two copper ring clips is a glas...
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1950s American Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

Large Vintage Folk Art Eiffel Tower Accent Light or Lamp
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This vintage and substantial Folk Art rendering of the Eiffel Tower was made during the 1970's, presumably in the United States and lights up, providing a subtle red glow to accent t...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Table Lamps

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Softwood, Plastic

Pair of Folk Art Iron Lamps
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Black and gold wrought iron filigree lamps with hand painted shades.
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20th Century American Folk Art Table Lamps

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Iron

Terra Cotta Chimney Top Lamp
Located in Carmel, CA
Large ornamental French terra cotta chimney cap converted into tall lamp. It is newly wired for US electrical requirements. It has a three way switch. Shade is not included.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Folk Art Table Lamps

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Terracotta

Ultimate American Bakelite, Chrome, Copper, Aluminium and Brass Trench Art Lamp
Located in Port Hope, ON
Without a doubt the most powerfully designed large Trench Art table lamp that we have ever handled. Rising from a stepped polished copper base with a burnt umber and terracotta colou...
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Table Lamps

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Aluminum, Chrome, Copper

Pair of Painted Metal Roman Numeral Lamps
Located in Hudson, NY
Folk Art Style Lamps Mounted Vertically with Roman Numerals. The lamps of metal with painted distressed metal.
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American Folk Art Table Lamps

Materials

Metal

Folk Art Manner Pair of Lamps Comprised of Antique Turned Wooden Table Legs
Located in New York, NY
Folk Art manner Pair of lamps comprised of antique turned wooden table legs, on metal base. 24" H x 5.5" W x 5.5" D.
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Table Lamps

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Wood

Pair of American Blue Glass Fluid Lamps
Located in Essex, MA
Great color and likely made by a Boston glass company. The whale oil or other would fill lamp and would have had a wick on top. Now itted for electricity.
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1870s American Antique Folk Art Table Lamps

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Glass

Carnival Barrel Table Lamp
Located in Houston, TX
Carnival barrel table lamp, newly wired for use within the USA. This charming lamp comes from a hand-painted, hand-made carnival barrel. I find the colors so happy and colorful on th...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Table Lamps

Materials

Tôle

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