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Folk Art Home Accents

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
Pair of Impressive Mounted Woolly Mammoth Teeth Bookends
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of impressive mounted Woolly Mammoth teeth bookends. Each tooth is set into a carved out block of wood, then the hole was fill and teeth surround with a cement type of filling...
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15th Century and Earlier American Antique Folk Art Home Accents

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Enamel

Colorful Hand Painted Watermelon Folding Screen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Colorful hand painted Folk Art watermelon folding screen, Yucatan, Mexico, circa 1970s. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a folding screen, room divider, or headboard...
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1970s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Home Accents

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Wood

Scalloped Folding Ladder
Located in Greenwich, CT
A sculptural and useful 19th century English library ladder having original mustard painted decoration with scalloped sides.
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Folk Art Home Accents

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Wood

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Birdhouse
Located in Chicago, IL
A whimsical early 20th century American Folk Art purple Martin pine birdhouse with two levels, eight entrances, and a wonderfully shingled roof and weathered patina. Perfect as a scu...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Home Accents

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Pine

Bernard Steffen "Persian Panorama" Tri-Fold Wood Screen, Bernard Steffen Denmark
Located in Buffalo, NY
"Persian Panorama" Folkart, tri-fold screen or room divider serigraphed by Bernard Steffen, designed by Georg Jensen, Denmark, Limited production. Number 12 out of only 200 made. Cha...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Folk Art Home Accents

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Wood

Pair of American Bronze USS Constitution Ship Wheel Bookends Ironside, C. 1927
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of American bronze USS Constitution ship wheel bookends " Old Ironside " Early 20th Century.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Home Accents

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Bronze

Vintage Magician Magic Suitcase Hand Painted Folk Art
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic Magician's suitcase. Hand painted and lettered. Vintage Folk Art rabbit trick and card paintings. Great bookshelf display.
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Home Accents

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Fabric, Canvas

Mid 19th Century Hand Painted Romanian Painted Trunk
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1865 Romanian painted wood trunk. Great color and design with floral motif and painted panels on top, front and sides. Honest wear and fading. Painted date inside of lid is 186...
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Mid-19th Century Romanian Antique Folk Art Home Accents

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Wood

Burmese Ladies Make-Up Trunk
Located in Pasadena, CA
A Burmese ladies' teak make up trunk, inlaid with brass. The words "Mandalay Box" are inlaid on one side of the front of the trunk, below the brass fittings. The lid is wonderfully d...
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Late 19th Century Burmese Antique Folk Art Home Accents

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Brass

Heavy 19th Century Painted French Window Shutter 3 Fold Screen, Room Divider
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Heavy 19th century painted French window shutter 3 fold screen, room divider This is a very heavy piece, the screen is 3 hard wood shutters which are in their original distressed ...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Folk Art Home Accents

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Wood

Antique Early American Folk Art Pine Parquetry Star Dowry Blanket Chest Trunk
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Early American pine Folk Art farmhouse dowry or blanket chest featuring striped geometric parquetry design with lone stars. Acquired in the 1980’s from a Salt Lake City estat...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Pine

Early 18th Century Tuscany Green Painted Coffre
Located in Albignasego, IT
Ancient painted chest. Measures: H.52cm - L.130cm - P.67cm Entirely painted in sage green, this particular chest features a double lid. Entirely built in fir wood, it bears the...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Home Accents

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Fir

Metal and Wood American Bird Cage, Circa 1905
Located in Incline Village, NV
Hand made Folk Art American wire metal and painted wood birdcage, probably from Pennsylvania circa 1905. Having a rectangular body with a dome top; suitable for hanging, or surface d...
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Early 1900s American Antique Folk Art Home Accents

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Metal

Antique Pennsylvania German Folk Art Painted Pine Toy Blanket Chest Castle
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Pennsylvania German painted pine Folk Art dowry, toy or blanket chest / trunk, decorated with landscapes featuring a yellow castle or manor house. Measure: 26".  
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Home Accents

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Pine, Paint

18th Century Swiss Polychrome Decorated Blanket Chest Trunk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Colorful 18th century Swiss blanket chest or trunk featuring a polychrome decorated finish. Beautifully decorated with blue painted iron strapping and a floral motif on top. Dated 17...
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18th Century Swiss Antique Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Iron

Vintage Boho 4 Panel Indian Teak Wood “Angure Ka Parre” Screen
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fabulous vintage hand carved vintage folding screen. The iconic “Angure Ka Parre” design to commemorate the grape harvest. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Wood

19th Century Zanzibar Trunk
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A 19th century Zanzibar trunk. A superb piece showing the wonderful craftsmanship of the brass workers This hardwood chest which originally was painted in red some of which ha...
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Early 19th Century Antique Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Pair of American Folk Art Tin Clad Pug Dog Bookends
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of American Folk Art Tin Clad Pug dog bookends USA, circa 1940s A great pair of hand-crafted, possibly one of kind American Folk Art Tin Clad pug dog motif bookends. Each one ...
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20th Century American Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Tin

Vintage Cast Iron Western-Style Horse Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage cast iron western-style horse bookends. Pair of cast iron saddled grazing horse bookends heavy western equestrian style. Great to use on a desk as a paper weight or decorat...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Brass

Signed Bustamante Brass Fireplace Screen / Wall Animal Sculpture
Located in Stamford, CT
Mexican artist, Sergio Bustamante wall sculpture or fireplace screen with a Garden of Eden menagerie of flora and fauna. Lions, giraffes, birds, butterflies, turtle, armadillo, rabbi...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Home Accents

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Brass, Copper

Dutch 19th Century Folk Art Architectural Miniature Mansion Pigeon / Birdcage
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful and unique Dutch Folk art Pigeon/birdcage in the form of a manor . This type of birdcages were made in the North of he Netherlands . They were miniature versions of the ori...
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19th Century Dutch Antique Folk Art Home Accents

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Wood

Austrian Folk Painted Marriage Chest
Located in Greenwich, CT
Colorful and architectural Austrian folk painted dowry chest, the top with three shaped lozenges having floral decoration, surrounded by grain painted banding, over paneled front wit...
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Late 18th Century Austrian Antique Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Pine

Vintage Owl Bookends Wood Spain, 1960s
Located in Den Haag, NL
Very nice hand carved wooden owls. 1960s Spain.
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1960s Spanish Vintage Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Fruitwood

Early 20th Century English Country House Oak Metamorphic Step Ladder Chair
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century oak metamorphic chair We are proud to offer a wonderful example of an early 20th century metamorphic chair. This chairs metaphorically changes into a 3-step ladde...
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1920s British Vintage Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Oak

Three-Panel Folding Screen by Egbert Norman Clark
Located in Stamford, CT
Three-panel folding screen with a scarlet macaw, cockatoo and hyacinth macaw. Signed and dated "E.N Clark 1934". Artist is Egbert Norman Clark, New York, (1872-1942) FW 1682.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Wood

Chinese Bookends, Carved Soapstone, Republic Period, circa 1920s
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
These are a beautiful pair of Chinese soapstone Bookends made in China during the Republic period, Circa 1920. These bookends are individually well hand carved from the solid ston...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Folk Art Home Accents

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Soapstone

Handmade Leather Mexican Carrying Case, C.1900-1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About An all leather handmade carrying case from Mexico with incised leather on both sides and intact leather strap. The leather strap is woven through both the cover and the inne...
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Early 20th Century Mexican Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Leather

Large 19th Century North African Folk Art Pierced, Painted 4-Fold Screen
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A large 19th century North African Folk Art pierced, painted 4-fold screen This is a very heavy piece it has been handmade in hard wood and painted in traditional colours, the pai...
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1890s Antique Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Wood

Vintage American Wood Shoe Molds Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage American wood women shoe form molds mounted as bookends Vintage wooden shoe making mold from the 1930s. A pair of shoe form bookends, these well carved solid wood shoe moul...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Wood

Hand Carved Marble Stone Pyramid Aztec Mayan
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Pair of vintage green and white marble Aztec Mayan stone bookends. Vintage handcrafted large heavy natural marble bookends with Aztec Mayan green head on a pyramidal form. These ar...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Marble

Early Colonial Stained Maple Handmade Travel Trunk / Chest with Hinged Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handmade travel trunk carved from maple wood planks with applied steel hinges and clasp. The hinged top opens to reveal a removable, divided tray providing an additional storage com...
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Early 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Maple

Early 19th Century English Oak Gothic Open Tracery
Located in London, GB
Early 19th century English oak Gothic open tracery We are proud to offer an early 19th century English gothic open tracery, carved from oak and double sided. This panel depicting a ...
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Early 1800s British Antique Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Oak

Vintage Folk Art Dome Top Leather and Canvas Steamer Trunk Initialed 'H.K.'
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique steamer trunk (circa 1920s) composed of a heavy black canvas exterior with leather straps / accents and brass hardware. The interior red canvas 'folder' with leather clasp ca...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Brass

19th Century Danish Hand Painted Domed Top Trunk
Located in London, GB
Swedish Hand Painted Domed Top Trunk Iron, pine, paint, metalwork. A Swedish 19th-century hand-painted dome top dowry trunk with its original blue paintwork. The facade depicts th...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Iron

Pair of Vintage Western Last Co, Women's Shoe Mold Bookends
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of women's size 6 cobbler shoe forms converted to bookends (circa 1930s St. Louis, Missouri, USA). Since the shoes themselves were used as molds to make shoes, there are pin-pri...
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1930s American Vintage Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Wood

Vintage American Wood Shoe Molds by Western & Co Saint Louis Bookends
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage American wood women shoe form molds by Sterling mounted as bookends Vintage wooden shoe making mold from the 1930s. A pair of shoe form bookends, these well carved solid wood...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Wood

Pair of Folk Art Brutalist Bookends in the Style of Curtis Jere
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Folk Art Brutalist bookends - a fantastic example of Brutalist style. The bookends can be turned two different ways and still grab your attention. Very unique and heavy, the pair can...
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20th Century Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Metal

Shell Encrusted Bookends, a Pair
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Set of two shell encrusted bookends. Created out of a lovely mixture of different kinds of shells, this lovely pair will add a beautiful addition to any bookshelf. Measures: 3.5"...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Shell

Swedish 19th Century Over-Scale Oak and Willow-Banded Barrel
Located in Greenwich, CT
Very fine Swedish over-scale oak and willow banded barrel with staved and strapped construction. Rich color and patina.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Oak, Willow

Early 20th Century German Mule Form Folk Art Book Ends in Metal
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th century German Mule Form Folk Art book ends in metal. Inspired by traditional Germanic folk imagery, this pair of metal bookends were produced during the Art Deco period o...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Metal

Delightful Antique Painted Hope Chest with Handpainted Dutch Figures
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A wonderful folk art hand painted antique trunk or chest in a yellow gold having charming male and female Dutch peasants adorning the top. Great size for a small coffee table with st...
Category

Early 1900s North American Antique Folk Art Home Accents

Materials

Wood

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