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Folk Art Chairs

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 Chair, Swedish "Stockstol", Early 1800s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Chair "Stockstol", allmoge (Swedish folk furniture), early 1800s.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Mid 19th Century Swedish Blue Folk Art Gustavian Style Chair
Located in Kramfors, SE
Blue Folk Art chair in Gustavian style from the mid 1800s. The chair is from Northern Sweden and has the original blue paint. The paint has some distress and patina so the wood under...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

19th C./Early 20th C. French Folk Art Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Folk Art low chair / stool, Dug-out seat, handmade.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Oak

Unusual and Unique Swedish Folk Chairs, circa 1900
Located in London, GB
An unusual and unique set of four pine Swedish folk chairs, circa 1900. Fast shipping worldwide. UK customers please note: displayed prices do not include VAT.   Ple...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Swedish 'Kubbestol' Trunk Chair, c. 1940
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand-hewn, wood thickness is: 1.5" Great color & patina and back detail.    
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1940s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Antique American Folk Art Painted Cat Chair
Located in Forney, TX
A whimsical and unique American folk art hand painted wooden children's chair. The handmade country chair having sides that rise up to be armrests and are shaped in cat form, conform...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Chairs

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Wood, Paint

Antique Folk Art Swedish Rustic Kubbstol
Located in Kramfors, SE
Folk Art rustic Kubbstol from northern Sweden. A Kubbstol is a chair made of a single piece of wood that's been hewn out to form the seat, back and frame. It's a primitive constructi...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

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 Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Pedro Friedeberg Inspired Carved Hardwood Hand Chairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Sculptural pair of hardwood carved hand chairs made in the iconic manner and style of Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican b. 1936). The outside of the chairs have intricately carved nails and ...
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20th Century Mexican Folk Art Chairs

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Hardwood

Scottish Horseshoe Back Chair
Located in Houston, TX
Scottish horseshoe-back chair, circa 1850-1870. This vernacular Windsor style stick-back chair from Argyll, Scotland, features pegged construction and remnants of original earthy red...
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Mid-19th Century Scottish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Elm, Pine, Yew, Paint

Folk Art African Royal or Prince Aluminum and Metal Studded Animal Skin Chair
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An African Royal or Prince chair with wood frame, animal skin seat and back embellished with nailed aluminum pieces and metal studs. In the style of the Asante or Ghana culture.
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Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Folk Art Chairs

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Cowhide, Wood

Antique English Turned Triangular Seated Beech Bobbin Turner Chair
Located in Casteren, NL
A very rare 18th century English Turner’s chair with a triangle seat upholstered in pale red velvet. All parts of this chair are turned and display a very high degree of craftsmans...
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Late 18th Century British Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Beech

Folk Art Early 20th Century Wood Rustic Four Chairs
Located in Brescia, IT
Four rustic chairs 1900-1910 Hand-carved wood Excellent condition.
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Early 20th Century Italian Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Swedish Painted Folk Art Kubbstol Chair
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Folk Art Kubbstol chair from Northern Sweden. A Kubbstol chair is made from a hollowed tree trunk; from a single piece of wood that's been hewn out to form the seat, back and frame. ...
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Early 1900s Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Late 19th Century Swedish Stump Chair in Solid Pine
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish stump chair manufactured from a hollowed tree trunk. The chair is primitive and has never been painted. The two bands going around the seat are hand wrought iron and are made...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Rustic Bench, circa 1920, France
Located in Girona, Spain
Rustic bench Made with chestnut structure and hand woven rattan cord seating. Solid, sturdy and comfortable Circa 1920, France Very good vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century French Folk Art Chairs

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Chestnut, Cord

Early 20th Century Hand Beaded African Chair
Located in View Park, CA
An exquisite and rare African hand-beaded ceremony chair. Nigerian, early 20th century. In brilliant shades of coral red, violet, and jungle green and depicting warrior scenes and ma...
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Early 20th Century African Folk Art Chairs

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Goatskin, Wood, Beads

Antique Beechwood Children's Chair
Located in Budapest, HU
Antique children's highchair with an abacus and potty chair functions. Made of steamed beechwood, with leather cover. Manufactured around 1910.  
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1910s Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Early 18th Century Swiss Pine Back Stool
Located in London, GB
A Swiss pine back stool with an open heart carving on the back panel. Swiss, early 18th century Dimensions: H 85 x W 40 x D 34.5 cm.
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Early 18th Century Swiss Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Wood, Pine

Set of 4 Small Swedish Folk Art Chairs, Early 19th Century
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Set of four Swedish 18th Century Folk Art chairs Set of 4 smaller chairs with amazing vintage patina in pine. "Allmoge", the Swedish word for Folk Art, is exactly what these four ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

1900s Big Size Chair Oak Original Italian Folk Art Country Shop Rare
Located in Buggiano, IT
It is a large and hight chair, in oak, original Italian from 1900, Folk Art. The paint is original in patina, honey amber color. As shown in the photographs and videos, there are so...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Oak

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 Chairs

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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 Chairs

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Rush, Wood

19th Century Hand-Carved Chair Found in Wester México
Located in Guadalajra, Jal
Detailed hand-carved and colorful chair found in Western México, circa 1900.
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

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 Chairs

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Fir, Paint

Mid 19th Century Swedish Painted Pine Folk Art Stump Chair
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish folk art stump chair made during the mid 1800s. The stump chair is a primitive chair made from an hollowed tree stump and this one has paint from the 1800s. It has some marks...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Hand Painted Feline Motif Upholstered Leopard Print Wood Chair in Green & Orange
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A whimsical hand painted wooden chair with upholstered leopard print cushion. The back of this piece is wood, with a stylized carved design in orange on a green background. The legs ...
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20th Century Portuguese Folk Art Chairs

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Fabric, Wood, Paint

Swedish Folk Art, Chair, Sweden, Early 1900s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stubbstol, swedish folk art chair, early 1900s. With natural cracks.
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1920s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

African Ngombe Studded Chair
Located in Stamford, CT
Late 19th century African Ngombe studded chair from the area of Gabon & Zaire. Previously property of Merton D. Simpson Gallery.
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Late 19th Century Gabonese Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Set of Four 19th C Original Painted Pennsylvania Plank Bottom Chairs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These chairs were found in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and are in very good and sturdy condition. Beautiful set of four mauve colored hand painted plank bottom chairs with a flora...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Tulipwood

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 Chairs

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Wood

Antique German Leather & Wood Armchair with Brass Nailhead Details
Located in Nuernberg, DE
beautiful lounge arm chair made of wood and leather with nailhead details. We think this example is from the 1910s, good condition. Minor patina and scratches on the leather, gives t...
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1910s German Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Nutwood, Leather

Studio Furniture American Craft Stool Mid-century modern 1960s USA
By Bobby Falwell
Located in Antwerp, BE
Walnut stool, hand-crafted, studio craft, USA Wendell Castle, Roger sloan, JB Blunk, Jawar, Richard Bronk, Gerald Mccabe, Bobby Falwell, David Scott, Charles Fischer, Howard Osinski...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Walnut

Swedish 19th Century Wooden Child's High Chair
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish early 19th century wooden child's high chair.    
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Early 19th Century Scandinavian Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

1920s Cast Iron American Soda Fountain Chairs Set of Four
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great set of four cast iron soda fountain chairs. Found in the northeast. Original multi layer pink and green paint surface. Also original leather chair surface. Very nice cast iron ...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Chairs

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Iron

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 Chairs

Set of Four 19th Century Italian Painted Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Set of four 19th century Italian painted chairs. Each chair has a light green background against a painted folk figure on the center splat.
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19th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Antoni Rzasa Polish Folk Art Carved Wood Chair
Located in New York, NY
Polish Folk Art carved and sculpted wood chair created by renown Polish artist and sculptor Antoni Rzasa (1919-1980). The chair features a carved back with a sculpted nude woman. The...
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1950s Polish Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Folk Art Banana Leaf Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
Folk Art banana leaf chair, resin with faux patina. Comes apart for transport.
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1970s Unknown Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Epoxy Resin

19th Century Handmade English Chess Carved Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This amazing handmade English chess chair is hand carved. The chair seat is hand webbing made from hemp. The hand carved figurines and hand carved signature are on the top rail of th...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Wood, Hemp

Folk Art Belt Chair
Located in Germantown, NY
This is truly a one of a kind. Great solution for an otherwise dying chair! Made for Lena Cole. Found in the Catskills, Upstate New York. Unknown maker.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

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 Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Folk Art Chairs with Tractor Seats, France, 1950s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Almost-pair of French "homemade" iron chairs with very comfortable! tractor seats. Original paint.
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Mid-20th Century French Folk Art Chairs

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Iron

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