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Folk Art Armchairs

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
Antique Primitive Handcrafted Swedish Armchair, Wabi Sabi, Early 19th Century
Located in Odense, DK
This lovely 19th-century Swedish armchair, handcrafted from oak, epitomizes the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic with its rustic and unrefined charm. The sturdy oak frame showcases the natural be...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood, Oak, Linen

Hand Carved Armchair in Oak & Velvet, Danish Cabinetmaker, Jugendstil, 1939
Located in Odense, DK
This Jugendstil armchair, crafted by a Danish cabinetmaker in 1939, is a timeless blend of elegance and craftsmanship. Made from oak, its frame boasts intricate hand-carved details i...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Folk Art Armchairs

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Velvet, Oak

Swedish Folk Art Chair Handmade in Oakwood, 1900s
Located in Odense, DK
Charming and unusual Swedish Folk Art chair made by a skilled craftsman in the early 20th century. The chair is constructed from solid oak and oak laminate decorative arm rests. The ...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Oak

Italian 1940s folk art wood and plywood armchair
Located in Milan, IT
Splendid Italian 1940s folk art wood armchair
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1940s Italian Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood, Plywood

Italian 1930s beautifully hand-crafted oak mountain armchair
Located in Milan, IT
Italian 1930s beautifully hand-crafted oak mountain armchair
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1930s Italian Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood

Birdy Armchair - One of a kind artist object, hand-carved, Natural mat finish
Located in SAINT-AGNE, FR
Playful and iconic, Birdy is a chair created by artist and designer Alix Coco. A surprising sculpture with a strong spirit, Birdy blurs the boundaries between art and design, form an...
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2010s French Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood

Danish Folk Art Armchair in Solid Oak & Gotland Sheepskin, Mid 19th Century
Located in Odense, DK
Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Denmark with this extraordinary Danish Folk Art armchair from the mid-19th century. Handcrafted with remarkable attenti...
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Late 20th Century Danish Folk Art Armchairs

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Lambskin, Wool, Oak

Large-Scale Swedish Pine Dugout Log Armchair (Kubbestol)
Located in Houston, TX
Large-scale Swedish pine dugout log armchair, or kubbestol, hand-carved circa 1930s. Thick seat. Natural-shaped branch-like arms. Mid-brown color and dry ...
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1930s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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Pine

Rare Pair of Tyrolean Walnut Armchairs 18th Century
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
Rare Pair of Tyrolean Walnut Armchairs 18th Century Crescent arm ending in rounded terminals surmounted by a traditional crest with pierced heart supported by six turned columns s...
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Late 18th Century Austrian Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Walnut

Painted Danish Armchair Dated 1818
Located in Houston, TX
Painted Danish armchair dated 1818, with carved inscription on back "P.K.S & K.P.D." over an inscription, which translates to, "sit on me and rest." Rope seat on slanted turned front...
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Early 19th Century Danish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Rope, Wood

Finnish circa 1900 hand-carved kubbstol in Pine
Located in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi
This one-of-a-kind Finnish hand-carved Pine Kubbstol from the 19th century is a unique piece of folk art. Handcrafted from a single piece of pine, its beautiful patina makes it a pop...
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Early 20th Century Finnish Folk Art Armchairs

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Pine

Norwegian folk art chair 1850’s
Located in Valby, 84
Decorative Rare Norwegian folk art chair with the original red and green painted wood and the original sea grass webbing from the 1850’s. The chair...
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1850s Norwegian Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Seagrass, Wood

Lloyd Loom Easy Chair Delightful Shabby Lloyd Loom Armchair
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Lloyd Loom easy chair This delightful Shabby Lloyd Loom armchair dating from the early 20th century The chair is a generous sweeping shape and has a comfy sprung seat...
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1930s Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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Wicker

Beachcomber Spindle Back Chair in Walnut in Stock
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
During the 18th century, a profound design movement took place in Wales. It was led by peasant-carpenters who, simply in an effort to create a practical seating option, produced one of the most elegant spindle back chairs of that time. It is known as the 'Welsh Stick Chair...
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2010s American Folk Art Armchairs

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Oak, Walnut

Early 19th Century French Folk Art Barrel-Back Armchair
Located in Chicago, IL
Experience the captivating allure of this rare early 19th-century French Folk Art walnut barrel-back armchair, a true testament to the craftsmanship and creativity of its time. The c...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Walnut

Antique Ash and Elm Captain's Chair, English, 19th Century
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Super piece of country furniture. Very honest piece. Totally original patina No re-polishing or restorations Sturdy construction. Free UK shipping. ...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Elm, Ash

Pair of Antique High Back Windsor Chairs with Hexagonal Sheet
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
A high-back windsor chair with a very rare hexagon seat. An excellent design with a sense of tension. An antique product with a very good overall atmo...
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1880s British Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Ash

Pareja de butacas corcho
Located in Madrid, ES
Conjunto de dos butacas de corcho realizas en la región de Extremadura por los pastores con el corcho que se saca de los alcornoques. Tiene un estructura interna de hierro que las...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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Iron

English Ladder Back Armchair, Early 19th Century
Located in London, GB
English Ladder back armchair, Early 19th Century A country-made early 19th century ladder back armchair. Made in Ash with great patina and origi...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Ash

Early 20th Century Black & White Hand Beaded African Chair
Located in East Hampton, NY
This truly exquisite hand beaded chair by the Yoruba Artisans of Nigeria, best representation of furniture as art. And don't be shy to sit on them, because they are very comfortable. There is a Second matching chair available. They were traditionally created for the Yoruba tribe kings and queens and are embellished with thousands of seed glass beads applied to fabric covers, which are then stitched or glued onto the chair frame - resulting in an exotic chair...
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Early 20th Century Nigerian Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood, Beads

Beachcomber Spindle Back Chair in Walnut
By Greg Mitchell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
During the 18th century, a profound design movement took place in Wales. It was led by peasant-carpenters who, simply in an effort to create a practical seating option, produced one of the most elegant spindle back chairs of that time. It is known as the 'Welsh Stick Chair...
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2010s American Folk Art Armchairs

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Oak, Walnut

"Art Populaire" Folk Art Stool from the Auvergne, Mid-Century Rustic 1800's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-century; rustic; "Art Populaire"; Folk art; Stool ;Auvergne; France; 1800s Mid-century rustic "Art Populaire" Folk art stool. This chair is from the Auvergne, France and we da...
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Early 1800s French Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood

Armchair Captain's Chair Black Swedish 19th Century Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Armchair Captain's chair black Swedish 19th century Sweden. An armchair made during the end of 19th century. Painted in our signature Laserow Black.
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of 20th Century South American Armchairs with Leather Seat and Back
Located in San Marino, CA
Peruvian hand carved reproduction of a French found antique. Dark stained wood frame, very sturdy and substantial. Leather sling seat and back with large nailhead detailing on leathe...
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20th Century Peruvian Folk Art Armchairs

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Leather

Rare Norwegian Kubbestol, circa 1850, Origin Telemark, Norway
Located in New York, NY
Rare Norweigen Kubbestol, circa 1850, origin: Telemark, Norway Rosemaling and acanthus carvings in this extraordinary Kubbestol indicate it is most likely from Telemark, Norway, a region known for this exact carving and painting. A Kubbestol is a traditional Scandinavian chair carved from a single log...
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19th Century Norwegian Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Fir, Paint

Scandinavian Wooden Barrel Chair Made in the 19th Century
By Craft and Folk Art Museum
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavian wooden barrel chair made in the 19th century. A circular, beautifully wooden chair with patina and soft edges hollowed out from a natu...
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1890s Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Pine

Antique Swedish Folk Art Countrry Carver Chairs in Kurbits Faux Wood Grain
Located in LONDON, GB
Lovely antique Swedish turbots Folk Art pair of carver chairs in hand-painted faux wood grain with excellent detail and a turbots hand-printed Fo...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

Early, Swedish Allmoge Poker / Stove Chair, Origin: Sweden, circa 1750
Located in New York, NY
Early, Swedish allmoge poker / stove chair, origin: Blekinge, Southern Sweden, circa 1750 Provenance: Private Manor House, Sweden These chairs were u...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Rush, Wood

Majestic Odd Fellows Carved and Painted Armchair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This magnificent Odd Fellows Fraternal Lodge 'throne' (circa 1910-1920) with carved and painted decoration throughout is a fine example of early 20th century Folk Art. Nice use of de...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Armchairs

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Velvet, Wood

French Carved Folk Art Chair, circa 1880s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Very lovely Folk Art armchair of generous proportions. The wood (probably oak) is finely carved with an intricate decor. The crest is topped with a sacred heart symbol, and fruit and...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Fabric

18th Century English Folk Art Chair
Located in Greenwich, CT
Most unusual English oak armchair with profuse carving to rails, crest and arms and possessing great color and patination. Custom crewelwork cushion over later plank seat, carved to ...
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1760s English Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Oak

Rare Mid-19th Century Prussian "Vierlander" Armchair
Located in Greenwich, CT
Rare mid-19th century "Vierlander" armchair, Prussia 1850, with owner's name "Hinrich Eggers", constructed of inlaid fruitwoods and walnut, with turned bone finials, the central back...
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1850s German Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Fruitwood, Walnut

American Folk Art Armchair
Located in Stockton, NJ
Very unique early 20th century American folk art chair made of reclaimed material. Fabulous patina to weathered frame.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood

Folk Art armchairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Folk Art armchairs for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage armchairs created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, softwood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Folk Art armchairs made in a specific country, there are Europe, Scandinavia, and Sweden pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original armchairs, popular names associated with this style include and Alix Coco. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for armchairs differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $610 and tops out at $12,400 while the average work can sell for $3,223.

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