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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
Very Long Racing Scull or Oar from Eton College Windsor
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Very Long Racing Scull or Oar from Eton College Windsor This is a fine quality extra long oar from Eton College, the spoon or blade has blue chevrons painted on it and the long a...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Ash

Vintage French Toy "Les Acrobates", circa 1920
By G. Doloy
Located in Incline Village, NV
Rare 100 year old French toy in it's original box depicting two acrobats attached to a wire frame with brown barrel weights, cascading down a green metal ladder. Once assembled (loop...
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1920s French Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Tin

The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses Book by Bill Doolittle Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses by Bill Doolittle Time-Life Books, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 180 pages. Written by Kentucky native son and sportswriter Bill Doolittle, The...
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20th Century American Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

The Forties As Reported By The New York Times
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Forties: As Reported By The New York Times By Keylin, Arleen; Cohen, Jonathan. Title The Forties: As Reported by the New York Times Author Keylin, Arleen; Cohen, Jonathan Fo...
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20th Century American Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

Two Deer Antler Mount Trophy on Black Forest Carved Wood Plaque from Austria
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A set of two vintage Black Forest deer antler trophies on hand carved, Black Forest wooden plaques. I think they are from the 1960s or older. Tallest is approximate 15.75" high, 7.5"...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Antler, Wood

L' Art Calligraphique De L'Islam by Khatibi, Abdelkébir Sijelmass Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
L'art calligraphique de l'Islam hardcover art book. Calligraphy Art in Islam, French edition. French Edition by Abdelkebir Khatibi. Large wonderful book about calligraphy in Islam...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

Pop Edited by Mark Francis, with a Survey by Hal Foster Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Pop Edited by Mark Francis, with a survey by Hal Foster hardcover book. From the late 1950s to the late 1960s the word 'Pop'described any example of art, film, photography and archi...
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20th Century North American Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

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 More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass, Iron

Antique French Marionette
Located in Houston, TX
We found this wonderful 19th century French marionette in Rouen France. The puppet, and its art form, have been a mainstay of French cultural life for hundreds of years and is integr...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Fabric, Wood

Antique Architectural Bank Building Bronze "No" Letters
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic cast bronze vintage letters. Great way to get your point across! Salvaged from a bank building in the midwest. Great patinated bronze surface. Very substantial and solid le...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bronze

19th Century Ships Salt Beef Barrel, Oak and Brass Ships Storage Tub
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
19th Century Ships Salt Beef Barrel, Oak and Brass Ships Storage Tub A survivor from the 18th Century, this excellent piece would have been used for storing “Salt Beef” the only w...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Oak

Pair of Copper Relief Football Player Wall Hangings Period Football Uniforms
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great pair of copper relief football players. Period football union suit uniform and Morrell noseguards. Original painted surface. Original frames.
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Early 1900s American Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Copper

American Tin Toy, Clockwork Carousel, circa 1895
Located in Incline Village, NV
American clockwork Carousel Toy made of tin; hand-painted in bright colors of reds, green, yellow, and blue. Wind-up mechanism is in perfect working condition and carousel goes round...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Tin

Three Chamois Antler Mount Trophy on Black Forest Carved Wood Plaque Austria
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A set of three antique Austrian Alps Chamois antler trophies on hand carved, Black Forest wooden plaques. I think they are from the 1890s or older. Tallest is approximate 10" high, 6...
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1890s Austrian Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Antler, Wood

Champagne Bottle Cigar Holder Pairpoint Manufacturing.Co. Part of a Large Collec
Located in Stamford, CT
A silver plated, American 1920s, cigar holder in the shape of a Champagne bottle. Well patinated silver plate. Very Gatsby-esque! Wonderful detail to the top, with an engraved toba...
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1920s Unknown Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Silver Plate

Treasures of Israel Museum, Jerusalem Museum Art Gallery Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Treasures of The Israel Museum Jerusalem Photos by Pierre-Alain Ferrazzini By Caroline Joseph S. Gruss Pierre Israel Museum, 1985 Hardcover. Title Treasures of Israel Museum, Je...
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20th Century Israeli Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

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 More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

British Sailor's Woolwork Picture of H.M.S. Bombay on Fire, 'December 22, 1864'
Located in Downingtown, PA
British Sailor's Woolwork picture of H.M.S. Bombay on Fire, (December 22, 1864), circa 1865 The woolie depicts H.M.S. Bombay, a Canopus-class ship of the line, on fire with many ...
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1860s English Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool

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 More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Vintage Mechanical Wind Up Tin Toy Motorcycle 1970' Collectible Toy
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage mechanical hand-painted wind up tin toy motorcycle 1970's . Vintage motorbike mechanical toy in good working order with the original paint, Wind up tin toy motorcycle mecha...
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Late 20th Century Taiwanese Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Folk Art Naïve Oil on Board Painting of the Titanic, circa 1922
Located in London, GB
We are proud to offer a circa 1922 Folk Art naïve oil on board painting of the Titanic. Painting on an original Rowntree’s shipping carton. This painting on the Titanic shows 2 ships...
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1920s British Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

Large Danish 19th Century Drum
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large original painted 19th Century drum with one original stick.
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19th Century Danish Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Vintage Instructional Mushroom Model
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage instructional mushroom model from an art school in France. Entire set pictured together in last three images.
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1940s French Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Concrete

Wind-Up Toy "KnockoutChamps" with Original Box, circa 1930
Located in Incline Village, NV
"Knockout Champs" was manufactured by Louis Marx & Co. in New York, circa 1930. The toy is made of lithographed tin, the boxers are hand-painted celluloid, and the rope around the ri...
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20th Century American Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Tin

Lewis Carroll Observed Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Lewis Carroll Observed A Collection of Unpublished Photographs, Drawings, Poetry and New Essays. GUILIANO, Edward edited by Published by Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1976 An anth...
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20th Century American Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

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 More Furniture and Collectibles

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Pine

Vintage Instructional Mushroom Model
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage instructional mushroom model from an art school in France. Entire set pictured together in last three images.
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1940s French Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Concrete

Antique Folk Art Carved Serpent Artist's Easel
Located in Bristol, GB
Antique wooden art stand Hand-carved intertwined serpents or dragons very much in the Celtic or Northern European style. Carved with a charming naivety but with a huge amount o...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Cute Pink Pig Porcelain Cigar Ashtray, Antique, German, 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Gorgeous vintage cigarette or cigar ashtray. A beautiful decorative item, with nice patina, probably missing something at the eye and also has a small chip at the rim (please see det...
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1910s German Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Itchiku Tsujigahana: Homage to Nature, Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Itchiku Tsujigahana: Homage to Nature, Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota. Itchiku Kubota was a Japanese textile artist. He was most famous for reviving and in part reinventing an ...
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20th Century Japanese Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

Turkish Green Rooster Pictorial Wool Cotton Rug Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Pillow made from a Turkish rug depicting a colorful rooster. Rose, beige, light green accents on a tan field. Measures: 1'4" x 2'.
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Cotton, Foam, Wool

The Spirit of New England Hardcover 1991 by Paul Nolan
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Spirit of New England Hardcover – June 9, 1991 by Paul Nolan. Harris, Bill., Portland House, 1991, 1st U.S. Edition 1st Printing, cloth with gilt spine titles, 160 pp, colo...
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20th Century American Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

Pictorial Mohtasham Kashan Rug Pillows, Set of 2
Located in New York, NY
Set of pillows made from a mid 19th century Persian Pictorial Mohtasham Kashan wool rug Measuring: 11” x 16” & 11'' x 12'' respectively.
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Mid-19th Century Persian Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool, Cotton, Foam

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 More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Rare 1940's /50's New York Times Newspaper Display Cart, News Stand
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare 1940's /50's New York Times Newspaper display cart, news stand, You would be hard pressed to find another!. Newspaper industrial rolling cart with famed New York Times logo, mos...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal, Steel

Large Gypsy Oriental Salt Bag or Rug Embroidery Pillow
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Gorgeous oriental pillow or seat pillow. Handmade of woolen salt bag or Oriental rug. A beautiful item to put on your leather sofa or a bench. The height including the fringes is app...
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1960s Unknown Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wool

Hobby Horse Ride On Pull Along Mobile Wheels Childs Toy Wood Leather Modern
Located in Eversholt, Bedfordshire
- Unusual folk, hobby horse trainer on wheels - Exudes charm and character - Usable & robust in good working order - Great collector's piece also Measures: Height - 71cm Wid...
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1950s British Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Leather, Pine

Anselm Kiefer Collectible Art Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Title: Anselm Kiefer (Venezia Contemporaneo) Publisher: Brand: Charta Publication Date: 1997 Binding: Soft cover An excellent overview of Anselm Kiefer_s long career. Over the pa...
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20th Century Italian Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

Mercury Glass Six Bird Christmas Tree Clip-On Ornament, Vintage German, 1970s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Six rare vintage clip-on bird ornaments. Tallest measures approximate 2" high and 5 3/4" in length, smallest is approximate 2" high and 4 1/8" in length. These ornaments, were made f...
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1970s German Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Mercury Glass

Antique Large Oakwood Model Sailboat Ship Boat on Base Stand
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique large oakwood model sailboat ship boat on base stand, circa early to mid-20th century. Measurements: On stand: 26" H x 35" W x 9.75" D. Ship: 24" H x 31" W x 6.5" D.
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Mid-20th Century North American Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Oak, Pine

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 More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bronze

19th Century Spanish American Folk Art Madonna Painting, Mater Dolorosa
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Our Lady of Sorrows (Latin: Matter Dolorosa), Spanish American oil on canvas painting of the Madonna. 19th century religious folk art painting of the Virgin Mary which was most likel...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

Materials

Canvas

Greece History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Greece-History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization hardcover – January 1, 2007. By Stephano Maggi The book introduces the classic series - ""HISTORY AND TREASURES OF AN ANCIEN...
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20th Century Greek Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

19th Century Folkart Erzgebirge German Noah’s Ark
Located in London, GB
Erzgebirge German Noah’s Ark 82 A wonderful example of a 19th century Erzgebirge German Noah’s Ark, With 82 assorted hand carved figures. A completely untouched example with aged ...
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1890s German Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Pine

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 More Furniture and Collectibles

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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 More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Midcentury Era Folk Art Made Collection of Miniature Antique Farm Implements
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This framed collection of over two dozen handcrafted miniature antique farm implements are all unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Canada in circa 1969 in a Folk Art style. T...
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Leather, Softwood

Japanese Kutani Manner Umbrella Stand
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Kutani manner umbrella stand, depicting polychrome butterflies, flowers, fruits, and decorative roundels against a red ground with geometric banded decoration. Measures: 1...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Ceramic

Vintage Carved Wooden Bass Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful piece of Folk Art! Back of body is carved out of one piece of wood. Old mariachi band bass, with a unique, sculptural shape. We have never seen one like this before!
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Early 20th Century Guatemalan Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

18th Century Set of Two Spanish Hand Forged Iron Church Candleholders
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Set of two heavy, hand forged iron church candleholders, Spain, late 18th century. Measures: Highest candleholder 9.50 in high / 5.50 in with (24 cm x 14 cm) Lowest candleholder 7...
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Late 18th Century Spanish Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Iron

"Lamb" Cast Iron Still Bank, American, Circa 1970
Located in Incline Village, NV
"Lamb" cast Iron still bank is a re-issue of a bank made in 1928. It was made by The John Wright Company in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania in 1970. They purchased the copyrights from the Gr...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Iron

Early 20th Century Toy Noah's Ark, German
Located in Incline Village, NV
Toy Noah’s Arks for children to play with were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, and Germany was very prolific in their production. This particular ark is all ori...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Six Kobe Toys, Japanese, Meiji Period, circa 1900
By Kobe Toys
Located in Incline Village, NV
Kobe Toys are very mysterious and not much is known about them. They were created and hand made during the Meiji period in Japan, which covered the years 1868 until 1912. These parti...
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Early 1900s Japanese Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Ebony

Vintage Wooden Hobby Horse Toy, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Spanish wooden hobby horse toy. by unknown manufacturer, Spain, circa 1950. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. ...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Object Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. Thes...
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2010s American Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Steel

Large Folky Handmade Caboose-Form Toy Box
Located in New York, NY
Charming handmade toy storage box. The roof opens to revel space for toy, or whatever you'd like to store. Minor wood elements missing ( one step platform ).
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1950s American Vintage Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Plywood

Antique Asian Bronze Toy Camel on Wheels
Located in North Hollywood, CA
A scene from Ramakian or Ramayan, the Indian epic Rama and Sita. Antique Indian Temple Toys: India brass horse, bronze camel on wheels. Camel with rider on wheels, beautiful metal ...
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Late 19th Century Indian Antique Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bronze

Treasures of the Nile: Art of the Temples and Tombs of Egypt Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Treasures Of The Nile: Art Of The Temples And Tombs Of Egypt This book is crammed with Egyptian art, and excavation photographs, as well as text. Fascinating, more than a guide th...
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20th Century French Folk Art More Furniture and Collectibles

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Paper

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