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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
Early 20th Century Black & White Hand Beaded African Ceremony 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....
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Early 20th Century Nigerian Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

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 ...
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2010s American Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

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

Materials

Wood

Unusual Artist Built Wire-Iron Chair / Sculpture, Constructivism
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual artist built wire-iron chair / sculpture, Constructivism, manner of Alexander Calder, recently purchased out of high end estate in Rochester NY, Home filled with amazing art,...
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1980s American Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Iron, Wrought Iron

Vintage Petite Bent-Willow Chair
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage petite bent-willow chair, circa 1910s-1930s. Small Folk Art chair made from bent willow featuring original red velvet upholstered seat (seat can be reupholstered for a nomina...
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Bentwood

18th Century English Turner's Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
An incredible 18th century English Turner's chair created to show off the talents of a skilled wood turner, with a triangle seat upholstered in a smooth natural leather with nailhead...
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18th Century British Antique Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Mexican Art Populaire Dining Chair, Folk Art, Leather, Wood, 1970's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Studio Craft, Folk Art, dining chair that would fit well in a rustic modern or eclectic interior. Originally designed and made in Mexico, this stool was distributed by the famous "B...
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1970s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of 20th Century South American Armchairs with Leather Seat and Back
Located in Pasadena, 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

Materials

Leather

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 ...
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2010s American Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Oak, Walnut

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 naturally formed tree trunk. It has an ...
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1890s Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Pine

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 used by women to sit in / near t...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Rush, Wood

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

Materials

Fruitwood, Walnut

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 r...
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19th Century Norwegian Antique Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Fir, Paint

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

Materials

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

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Folk Art Chair, Signed and Heavily Carved, circa 1900
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Folk Art chair signed AJW 1900. Heavily carved from top to bottom. Believed to have come from the east coast of North America. Free shipping within the United States and Canada.
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Early 20th Century North American Folk Art Armchairs

Pair of Mexican Wood Carved Armchairs with Leather Strap Seats
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a wonderful authentic pair of rustic and rustic carved mahogany chairs. Original hammered metal oversized nail head trim throughout the seat base. The leather is also origina...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

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 Folk Art motif featuring feathers and s...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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

Materials

Oak

Armchair or Desk Chair Adjustable Black, Swedish, 19th Century
Located in New York, NY
Armchair desk chair Swedish 19th century in black, Sweden. An armchair made during the late 19th century in Sweden. Adjustable height. Repainted in our custom paint Laserow black.  
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Danish Carved Oak Armchair, Dated 1808
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Danish, beautifully carved oak armchair with a rope seating and an admirable overall patina. The initials of the owner (AJD) and the year of creation (1808) are carved into the ...
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Early 19th Century Danish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Rope, Oak

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

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4 Hand Wrought Iron and Woven Raffia Armchairs
Located in East Hampton, NY
Woven raffia seat and back rests in chevron pattern, these heavy and important hand wrought iron armchairs retain the wonderful original wear and patina from years of use and enjoyme...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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French Industrial Metal Chairs
Located in East Hampton, NY
Wood slays and aged green painted metal - these geometric style industrial armchairs are chic and very comfortable.
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1950s French Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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Metal

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Early Henry Olko for Willow & Reed Bamboo and Leather Armchair
By Willow and Reed
Located in East Hampton, NY
Henry Olko for Willow & Reed, this early production armchair is lacquered in the same green as the leather upholstery. Note: there is a matching sofa and side table available for p...
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Leather, Bamboo

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Chalice Chair
By Orlando Diaz-azcuy
Located in East Hampton, NY
Cuban born Orlando Diaz-Azcuy is one of America’s most respected and awarded designers for his elegant, disciplined and intelligent work. Mr. Diaz-Azcuy earned a degree in Architectu...
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1980s American Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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Linen, Fruitwood

  • Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Chalice Chair
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Vintage Lucite Chair on Casters
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a great Lucite armchair with brass corner accents. The chair is on casters/wheels for easy movement. The fabric on the seat is a commercial grade vintage Gucci fabric.
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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Brass

  • Vintage Lucite Chair on Casters
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H 29.75 in. W 23.5 in. D 25 in.
Heavy Steel Brueton Chair in Leather
By Brueton
Located in East Hampton, NY
This Brueton heavy steel chair is covered in rich gold leather. Perfect for a desk or an accent in any space. This item is currently in our Miami facility.
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Chrome

  • Heavy Steel Brueton Chair in Leather
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H 34 in. W 24 in. D 22 in.
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Professionally restored and newly upholstered in eggplant tone thick weave silk chenille. Polished brass and tubular splayed legs. Mid sized chairs.
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1940s Italian Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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H 30.5 in. W 27 in. D 25 in.
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Located in East Hampton, NY
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1960s French Vintage Folk Art Armchairs

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Teak

  • Modern French Teak High-Back Lounge Chair
  • Modern French Teak High-Back Lounge Chair
  • Modern French Teak High-Back Lounge Chair
  • Modern French Teak High-Back Lounge Chair
H 31.5 in. W 32.5 in. D 28 in.
Previously Available Items
Early 20th Century Black & White Hand Beaded African Ceremony Chair
Located in East Hampton, NY
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Early 20th Century Nigerian Folk Art Armchairs

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African Yoruba Glass Beaded and Leather Chair
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Mid-century Nigerian Yoruba chair constructed with found objects and ambitiously hand beaded depicting animals, fish, flowers, men and ancestors in distinctive naive folk style.
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Mid-20th Century Nigerian Folk Art Armchairs

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Leather, Beads

1900 Pair of Swedish Carved Ornament Wooden Armchairs
Located in Paris, FR
Swedish wooden brown armchairs with extraordinary carved ornaments and geometrical details, made in the 1900s. The chairs have three legs and a triangular seat with the central back ...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Early Welsh Primitive Windsor Armchair
Located in Houston, TX
Early Welsh primitive Windsor armchair dating to the 18th century. Rustic style and vernacular pegged and mortise and tenon construction. Beautiful time-worn patina. Remnants of earl...
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Mid-18th Century Welsh Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Ash, Elm, Oak, Paint

  • Early Welsh Primitive Windsor Armchair
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H 40.5 in. W 23 in. D 22.63 in.
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Located in New York, NY
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19th Century European Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Sheepskin, Wood

Primitive British Stick Chair Hand-Carved in Elm and Ash
Located in Houston, TX
Primitive British stick chair hand-carved in elm and ashwoods. Carved elm horseshoe back rail and seat. Ash spindles and legs. Pegged construction. Gorgeous wood grain and patina. En...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Ash, Elm

Swedish Folk Art Armchair
Located in Houston, TX
Swedish Folk Art armchair, circa 1880.
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood

  • Swedish Folk Art Armchair
  • Swedish Folk Art Armchair
  • Swedish Folk Art Armchair
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H 44 in. W 22 in. D 24 in.
19th Century Carved Swedish Vernacular Chair
Located in Houston, TX
19th century Swedish vernacular chair, hand carved in apple wood. Remnants of a golden mustard ocher paint. Seat measures: 18 inches high x 23.5 inches wide x 12 inches deep and arms...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood

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  • 19th Century Carved Swedish Vernacular Chair
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  • 19th Century Carved Swedish Vernacular Chair
H 29.5 in. W 27.25 in. D 19.5 in.
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H 41 in. W 25 in. D 19.25 in.
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