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Folk Art Mirrors

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
Coastal Rectangular Sea Shell Encrusted Wall Mirror
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A rectangular seashell encrusted framed mirror. The perfect way to add a touch of coastal flare to your home, this beauty is created from wood, and embellished across the front and s...
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20th Century American Folk Art Mirrors

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Shell, Mirror, Wood

French 1900s Hand Carved Tramp Art Folk Mirror with Raised Diamond Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Tramp Art hand carved mirror from the early 20th century with raised diamond motifs. Created in France during the early years of the 20th century, this mirror was hand carve...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

French Turn of the Century Tramp Art Mirror with Raised Geometric Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Turn of the century Tramp Art hand-carved mirror from the early 20th century, with intersecting corners, raised geometric motifs and brown patina. Created in France during t...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

19th Century Armorial Crest Wall Mirror
Located in London, GB
19th century armorial crest wall mirror We share what we love, and we love the decorative appeal of this mid-19th century pine hand carved / painted wall mirror with armorial cres...
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1840s Scandinavian Antique Folk Art Mirrors

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Pine

French 1900s Hand Carved Tramp Art Mirror with Raised Pyramidal Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French rectangular Tramp Art hand-carved wooden mirror from the early 20th century, with raised pyramidal motifs. Created in France at the turn of the century which saw the transit...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Wood, Mirror

Rare Large Folk Art Mirror circa 1900, the Frame Is Composed of a Mosaic
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Rare large Folk Art mirror circa 1900. the frame is composed of a mosaic of fragments of dishes, figures, egg cups, etc. in old ceramic.
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Late 19th Century European Antique Folk Art Mirrors

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Ceramic, Mirror, Wood

Antique Mirror Hand Painted Floral Cottage Chic Wall Mirror Rustic Barnboard
Located in East Hampton, NY
This antique wall mirror is homemade with wood surrounding a bevelled mirror. The large frame is hand painted in a detailed floral motif in the style of an English country cottage. T...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood, Paint

French 1900s Turn of the Century Tramp Art Mirror with Brown and Black Patina
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Turn of the century Tramp Art hand-carved vertical mirror from the early 20th century, with black and brown patina. Created in France during the Turn of the Century which sa...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Late 19th Century Tramp Art Mirror
Located in London, GB
Late 19th century tramp art mirror We share what we love, and we love this naïve yet highly decorative example of a late 19th Century American tramp art mirror frame. We have recen...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Mirrors

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Wood

French Turn of the Century Tramp Art Mirror with Raised Concentric Circles
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Turn of the century Tramp Art hand-carved mirror from the early 20th century, with raised concentric corners, geometric motifs and dark brown patina. Created in France durin...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

European Tramp Art Mirror, Dated 1864
Located in High Point, NC
European tramp art mirror made from pine, dated 1864, and with the name C. Hansson carved at the top of the mirror. It has a wonderful serpentine pediment and the tramp art work is i...
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19th Century European Antique Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Pine

Vintage Wicker and Bamboo Wall Mirror
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Handsome mirror in a frame crafted with bamboo and wrapped at the corners in an unusual argyle wicker pattern. The mirror is beveled. Stamped on the back Mackenzie Childs 1983.  
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20th Century American Folk Art Mirrors

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Bamboo

French 1920s Hand Carved Tramp Art Mirror with Raised Diamond Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French rectangular Tramp Art hand-carved wooden mirror from the early 20th century, with raised diamond motifs and geometric patterns. Created in France during the first quarter of...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Coastal Heart Shape Sea Shell Encrusted Mirror
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A coastal heart-shaped shell encrusted mirror. This piece would be fabulous in a grouping of similar mirrors, or on its own. Covered in a variety of seashells, this beauty is certain...
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20th Century American Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood, Shell

French 1900s Hand Carved Tramp Art Mirror with Raised Circular Stars
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French rectangular Tramp Art hand-carved wooden mirror from the early 20th century, with raised starts in circles. Created in France at the Turn of the Century which saw the transi...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Tramp Art Frame with Mirror
Located in Highland, IN
We love folk art and particularly tramp art. Made mostly by anonymous artist and craftsmen from discarded materials, the joy and creativity they convey in a functional object has a d...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Antique Folk Art Carved Wood Tramp Gilt Mirror in Brown and Gold, 1920s
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Antique hand-carved in a dark brown wood, this tramp art style mirror is sure to make a statement in any space. At the joints, each side overlaps in a cross or Adirondack style. Carv...
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

French Turn of the Century Hand Carved Tramp Art Folk Mirror with Raised Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French hand carved Tramp Art folk wall mirror from the early 20th century, with raised motifs. We currently have two available, priced and sold $1,750 each. Created in France at th...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

American Folk Art Toothpick Framed Mirror
Located in Chicago, IL
The most charming 20th century American Folk Art mirror with a frame made from thousands of toothpicks, arranged into geometric patterns, and backed with rd and black papers.
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20th Century American Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

French Turn of the Century Tramp Art Mirror with Raised Geometric Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Turn of the century Tramp Art hand-carved mirror from the early 20th century, with protruding corners, raised geometric motifs and black and brown patina. Created in France ...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Burlwood Table Mirror
Located in London, GB
A burlwood crevice that has been crafted into a surrealist mirror.   
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1960s French Vintage Folk Art Mirrors

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Glass, Burl

French 1920s Hand Carved Tramp Art Mirror with Raised Diamond Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French rectangular Tramp Art hand-carved wooden mirror from the early 20th century, with raised diamond motifs and geometric patterns. Created in France during the first quarter of...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Wood, Mirror

French Turn of the Century Tramp Art Mirror with Rosettes and Brass Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Tramp Art mirror from the early 20th century, with raised rosettes and ornate brass accents. Created in France at the Turn of the Century, this wall mirror was hand carved i...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Brass

French Turn of the Century Tramp Art Mirror with Geometric Motifs, circa 1900
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Tramp Art mirror from the turn of the century, with geometric motifs. Created in France during the early years of the 20th century, this French mirror was hand carved in the...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Pair of Carved Giltwood Mexican Folk Art Vanity Mirrors
Located in Forney, TX
A striking pair of antique hand carved gilded solid wood table mirrors. Inspired by Italian design, this magnificent Mexican folk art features elegant oval shaped mirrors with brilli...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Giltwood

Pair of 19th Century American Folk Art Framed Mirrors
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming pair of late-19th century American Folk Art framed mirrors with simple carved mahogany frames and carved floral rondels in each corner. Mirrors are new.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Mirrors

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Mahogany

Coastal Oval Sea Shell Encrusted Wall Mirror
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A shell encrusted mirror that will bring the beach indoors. A perfect reminder of the beach, this mirror is oval in form and created from wood. Shells are painstakingly placed throug...
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20th Century American Folk Art Mirrors

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Shell, Mirror, Wood

French 1900s Hand Carved Tramp Art Mirror with Raised Diamond Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French rectangular Tramp Art hand-carved wooden mirror from the early 20th century, with raised diamond motifs and geometric patterns. Created in France during the early years of t...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Oval Folk Art Shell Mirror
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Oval wall hanging mirror with white shelf detail. This mirror is surrounded by hundreds of white shells. A wonderful addition to any room, particularly nice for seaside or beach-them...
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20th Century Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Shell, Glass

Norwegian Folk Art Mirror
Located in Greenwich, CT
Unusual Norwegian Folk Art mirror constructed from an 18th century horse harness or “haim” having bear or lion faces and foliate carving and original paint. It was made into a mirror...
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Late 18th Century Norwegian Antique Folk Art Mirrors

Folk Art Wrought Iron Thorny Vine Framed Mirror
Located in Chicago, IL
A remarkable late 20th century American Folk Art wrought-iron framed mirror with a twisted thorny motif. Perfect for any small spot you need a little extra sparkle in your life.
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Mirrors

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Wrought Iron

French Twig Style Turn of the Century Tramp Art Mirror with Dark Brown Patina
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French wooden Tramp Art twig mirror from the early 20th century, with brown patina and rustic appearance. Created in France during the early years of the 20th century, this Tramp A...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

French Turn of the Century Tramp Art Mirror with Arching Crest and Cross Motif
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Turn of the century Tramp Art hand-carved mirror from the early 20th century, with arching crest, cross motif, protruding corners and brown patina. Created in France during ...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Mexican Stamped Metal and Ebonized Wood Pediment Top Wall Mirror
Located in New York, NY
Mexican (1920s) stamped metal wall mirror with an ebonized wood frame, a lattice design border, and a swag motif with a pediment top.   
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Early 20th Century Mexican Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

19th Century Swedish Painted Child Size Vanity Mirror
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A second half of the 19th century Scandinavian vanity mirror for kids. This Little hand painted in "Faux bois" technique mirror has a little drawer where comb, brush or other female ...
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1860s Swedish Antique Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Pine

Chinese Reverse Glass Chrysanthemum Still Life, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This colorful floral still life is a charming example of Chinese reverse glass painting. Popularized during the Qing dynasty, reverse glass painting requires an artist to essentially...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Folk Art Mirrors

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Glass

Edwardian Fry’s Chocolate Advertising Mirror
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Edwardian Fry’s chocolate advertising mirror This piece is in very good condition, it comes in its arched oak frame, the mirror is etched and painted on the underside The mirror...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror

19th Century English Folk Art Trumeau Style Mirror
Located in London, GB
19th century English Folk art trumeau style mirror We are proud to offer an early 19th century English hand painted folk art trumeau style wall mirror. Covered in aged gold gilt mo...
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1850s British Antique Folk Art Mirrors

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Leather, Wood

Cast Iron Double Sided Watchmaker Jeweler Trade Sign Mirror
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Early 20th century gilded cast iron trade sign repurposed into a beveled mirror. Originally the double sided sign housed a clock. The sign reads watches, clocks, and jewelry around t...
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20th Century American Folk Art Mirrors

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Iron

Large Round Painted Wall Mirror
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Large Round Painted Wall Mirror This is a wonderful piece, the round mirror is set in a 4” wide D shaped Frame which has shabby blue painted finish. The frame has a modern shabby...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror

French Turn of the Century Tramp Art Mirror with Raised Pyramidal Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Turn of the century Tramp Art hand-carved mirror from the early 20th century, with protruding corners, raised pyramidal motifs and reddish brown patina. Created in France du...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

Painted French Bathroom or Cloakroom Mirror Stand
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Painted French bathroom or cloakroom mirror stand This is an unusual piece, it is made using a tall narrow window shutter The stand has a long mirror in the centre and beneath th...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Mirrors

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Paint

Large Decorative Art Deco Advertising Mirror
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Large decorative Art Deco advertising mirror A very pretty piece, this is an Art Deco mirror, the mirror frame is 4” wide and painted in Black and Gold advertising COCO CHANEL per...
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20th Century Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror

Western Wood and Leather Wall Handing with Horns, by Buck Flynn Co. Santa Fe, NM
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large, impressive and very well crafted wall/mantel (fireplace) mirror in the Western style, made in New Mexico. Label: By The Buck Flynn Co. Santa fe, NM. A shaped carved wood pie...
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20th Century American Folk Art Mirrors

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Horn, Leather

Great Little Natural Yew Wood Folk Art Convex Mirror,
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Great little natural yew wood Folk Art convex mirror, A Charming piece, the convex mirror is set into a piece of Yew wood cut in the cross grain and mounted on another piece of Y...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Mirrors

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Wood

Pair of Rare Portuguese Embossed Alpaca Silver Circular 'Round' Mirror Frames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of rare Portuguese embossed Alpaca silver circular mirror frames, circa 20th century. Measures: Diameter 38 inches (96.5 cm) Depth 1 1/4 inches (3.2 cm).  
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20th Century Portuguese Folk Art Mirrors

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Alpaca, Mirror

Continental Carved Oak Convex Mirror with Bracket Shelf
Located in Montreal, QC
Continental carved oak frame surrounding convex mirror, an eagle with outstretched wings surmounting the garlanded circular frame above a shelf supported by crested falcon. This mi...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Mirrors

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Oak

Petite French Turn of the Century Tramp Art Mirror with Brown and Gilt Patina
Located in Atlanta, GA
A petite French Turn of the Century Tramp Art wooden mirror from the early 20th century with hand-carved frame and raised motifs. Created in France at the Turn of the Century which s...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Mirrors

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Mirror, Wood

1950's Carnival Funhouse Distortion Green Mirror
Located in Chicago, IL
1950's carnival funhouse distortion floor green mirror.
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1950s North American Vintage Folk Art Mirrors

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Glass, Wood

Chinese Reverse Glass Floral Still Life, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This colorful floral still life is a charming example of Chinese reverse glass painting. Popularized during the Qing dynasty, reverse glass painting requires an artist to essentially...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Folk Art Mirrors

Materials

Glass, Mirror

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