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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
A Set of 6 BRUTALIST Handcrafted RUSTIC MID-CENTURY-MODERN Chairs, France 1960
Located in PARIS, FR
A set of 6 surprising tripod chairs, Modernist, Brutalist, Folk Art, Tribal Art, sculpted in massive wood, with beautiful floral organic motifs, to be attributed, France 1950. This ...
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1950s French Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Swedish Stump Chair late 1700 century
Located in Farsta, SE
Swedish Stump Chair ca 1680-1730. Driftwood from Dalarna Fantastic grain in the wood's pattern and unparalleled patina Made out of a single log o...
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1690s Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Italian Chair with a Very Original Design with Seat in Colored Fabric Black Wood
Located in Buggiano, IT
Italian uncommon chair with a very original design with seat in colored fabric. Heavy black wood. Colored stick decorations on the sides. Grooves o...
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1980s Italian Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Wood Tripod Chair Foot Rest Stool, Spain Vintage
Located in Nuernberg, DE
An interesting brutalist stool with hand carved legs and great patina. Great piece of functional sculpture. It is in great vintage condition and is structurally sound. Nice addition ...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

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

Early 19Thc Original Stenciled Hitchcock Child's Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19Thc Original stencil painted children's chair with original hand woven rush seat and in very sturdy condition.Fine undisturbed painted surface.
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

19th Century Swedish Folk Art chairs with original paint
Located in Boden, SE
A pair of similar 19th century Swedish country chairs. Very slight difference with great patina ,see pictures Scraped by hand to its beautiful blue original color. Such nice ext...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Vintage Beaded African Ceremony or Nobility Chair
Located in AMSTERDAM, NH
Mid 20th century vibrant red and white hand beaded African ceremony chair. Originally crafted for Yoruba tribe kings and queens, these chairs boast a meticulous process involving th...
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Mid-20th Century Nigerian Folk Art Chairs

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Cotton, Wood, Beads

Primitive Swedish Pine Log Chair or Kubbestol
Located in Houston, TX
Primitive Swedish pine log chair, or kubbestol, from Dalarna circa 1770-1789. Flip-seat for storage inside chair. Steamed bentwood banding. Fine, dry pale patina. The flip-seat has b...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Sculptural Wood Tripod Chair, Spain Vintage 1970s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Interesting Brutalist wood tripod chair from Spain. Notched holes in head rest and both arms. Historically used as a birthing chair. Great piece of functional sculpture. Good conditi...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Green Painted Folk Art Swedish Chair
Located in Houston, TX
Green-painted Swedish chair, or stool with back, dating to 19th century. Constructed in pine circa 1860-1879. Green painted finish on upper part of chair is largely early, or origina...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Mid 20th Century Vintage Folk Art Found Objects Chair
Located in west palm beach, FL
Embrace the spirit of American folk art with this unique Vintage Chair crafted from found objects. Each piece tells a story, blending whimsy and ...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Folkart Tripod Chair, Germany Vintage 1950s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Interesting Brutalist wood tripod chair from Germany. the seat was cut out of a tree trunk. Historically used as a chair in the farmhouses in Germany in the 19th Century, this modern...
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1950s German Vintage 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 bottom of the seat features a 'made in Poland' stamp and the artist's carved signature, country of origin, and date of fabrication ('1958-1959'). During the 1960s, Antoni Rzasa was known as one of the most famous Polish sculptors. His sculptures are feature simple forms and a specific style inspired by Folk Art. His works are found in the collections of the National Museum in Warsaw, Kraków and Poznan, in the Polish Army...
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1950s Polish Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

OPERA: Pair of Contemporary Mexican Midwife Birthing Chairs in Mohair Velvet
Located in colima, MX
Reminiscent of the "Sillas Parteras" or Midwife Birthing Chairs made by Don S. Shoemaker in the 1960s, Ópera reveres the profound and dramatic journey of labor and birth — a prayer o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Folk Art Chairs

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Mohair, Velvet, Oak

Set of Ten wooden Tavern Chairs out of the Humbser Brewery Fürth Bavaria, 1950s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A set consisting of 10 chairs out of the Humbser brewery in Fürth Bavaria. These chairs were used in the brewery restaurant's dining room for years. After the brewery closed, we were...
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1950s German Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Sculptural Wood Tripod Chair, Spain Vintage
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A pair of interesting brutalist wood tripod chairs from Spain, with a trefoil motif adorning all the chair handles. The trefoil is a frequently occurring emblem in the architectural ...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Set of Four Folk Art Carved Tavern Bavarian Inn Chairs, Nuremberg Germany 1960s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A set consisting of 4 chairs out of a tavern restaurant in Nuremberg Bavaria. These chairs were used in the restaurant's dining room for years. Each Stool is in very good, used condi...
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1960s German Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Wood Tripod Chair and Foot Rest, German Vintage
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A interesting brutalist wood tripod chair from Germany, with a matching foot rest or table. Great piece of functional sculpture. Stool and foot rest is in great vintage condition and...
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1970s German Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Mid Century set with 2 Directors Chairs and a Coffee Table
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Mid Century set with 2 Directors Chairs and a Coffee Table A great set with 2 lounging chairs and a coffee table, these would work very well both indoor and out, the chairs are mad...
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1960s Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Canvas

Daniel Mack Signed Stripped Bark Maple Stick Arm Chair
Located in Parkesburg, PA
Daniel Mack Signed Stripped Bark Maple Stick Arm Chair Folk Art - Adirondack Influenced - Stripped bark solid maple wood, hand rubbed natural finish. Inde...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Folk Art Chairs

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Maple

Unusual Northern Swedish Antique Unique Country Folk Art Chair
Located in Kramfors, SE
Unusual primitive country chair in folk art from Northern Sweden. The chair is a one of a kind piece made by hand in solid pine around 1820 to 1840. Old historic paint which has beco...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Folk Art Haagsche School Child Chair set, Netherlands 1920's
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Folk Art Populaire Haagsche School Design Style Child Chair set. Made in the Netherlands, 1910's / 20's. Handmade and carved oak child chairs ...
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1920s Dutch Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Oak

Folk Art Brutalist Design SAW Back Side Chair set, France 1960's
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage French Folk Art Brutalist Design SAW Back Side Chair set of 2. Made in France, 1960's period. Light oak constructed chairs with Saw mod...
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1960s French Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Steel

Antique Swedish Folk Art Rustic Pine Chair
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish folk art chair made during the late 1800s. The chair is hand-made from pine with a heart cut out from the backrest. The chair has never been painted so the pine has aged natu...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Handwoven Tule Lounge Chair Made in Mexico from LUTECA
Located in New York, NY
From a craft object to relevant design, these special pieces that are made in Mexico, were created to add warmth and texture to your interior. Intended for indoor or covered outdoor use, they are a reminder of the incredible workmanship and know-how passed down through generations and generations, dating back as far as the Mayans. As well as fostering and adapting historical values and crafts, some of which are now almost extinct, the project is a cultural endeavor that combines the highest quality weaving skills of local master craftsmen with the preservation of endangered manufacturing technique that supports an entire village eco-system. In stock. Ships from Mexico...
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2010s Mexican Folk Art Chairs

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Seagrass

Pair of Basque Tripod Chairs 1950s European Folk Art
Located in Trensacq, FR
A fabulous pair of oak three-legged chairs, crafted in the Basque region of France/Spain C1950. Beautifully decorated with carved flowers and diamond detailing, these chairs are a r...
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Mid-20th Century European Folk Art Chairs

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Oak

Set of Four 19th Century Primitive Swedish Folk Art Pine Chairs
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rustic set of four 19th century primitive country Swedish hand-carved folk art farmhouse chairs crafted from pine. The set features a well-worn and weathered patina with a gracefully...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Primitive Swedish Pine Log Chair from Dalarna
Located in Houston, TX
Primitive Swedish pine log chair from Dalarna dated 1760. Steamed bentwood banding. Fine, dry pale patina. Note: Original/early finish on antique and vintage metal will include some...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

18th Century Rustic country Primitive Folk Art Stool
Located in Boden, SE
18th Century Swedish Primitive Folk Art Chair from Northern Sweden. This charming chair is a true piece of history. It was made by hand in No...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Pair of Small Early Painted Folk Art Chairs or Side Tables
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Set of Two Smaller Folk Art Chairs or Side Tables With Original Paint and Patina.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Brutalist Wood Tripod Chair Foot Rest Stool, Spain Vintage
Located in Nuernberg, DE
An interesting brutalist stool with hand carved legs and great patina. Great piece of functional sculpture. It is in great vintage condition and is structurally sound. Nice addition ...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

1970’s Indian Tripod Female and Male Chairs
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of Indian hand carved and painted wood male and female chairs. This were purchased in India in the 1970’s. In beautiful original condition...
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1970s Indian Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Primitive Handcrafted Organic Highback Naga Chair in Solid Teak, Wabi Sabi Style
Located in Odense, DK
One of a kind charming authentic primitive stump chair made in a single solid hardwood. Hand carved by the Naga tribe in India, ca 1970s. A nice wabi...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Folk Art Chairs

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Hardwood, Teak

Antique Set 4 Spanish Polychrome Dining Chairs Giltwood Green Painted Folk Art
Located in Sherborne, Dorset
A stunning set of four Andalusian ladderback dining chairs in original Polychrome dark green and old gold with rush seats – a stunning combination of colours with the most appealing ...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Folk Art Chairs

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Rush, Paint, Giltwood, Wood

Three Folk Style Chairs Handcarved in Solid Beech.
Located in Renens, CH
These charming three-legged beech folk style chairs embody a timeless aesthetic that effortlessly bridges the gap between rustic simplicity and enduring craftsmanship. Handcrafted wi...
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1660s European Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Beech

Antique Swedish Original Folk Art Chair
Located in Kramfors, SE
Antique folk art chair from Sweden made around 1860 in painted pine. The chair has the original paint with a time-worn distressed patina. The chair had a very particular function in ...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Folk Art Chair from Finland ca 1930
Located in Farsta, SE
Folk Art chair from Finland ca 1930s Made of Acid-stained Pine Wood Consistent with age and use. I call it mini Sauron throne.. One of a kind! Height: ...
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1930s Finnish Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Pair of Studio Art Chairs in Carved Wood
Located in East Hampton, NY
This pair of hand crafted sculptural wood chairs feature 3 legs and extraordinary details to back rest and seat - SEE detail images and video provided. Architecturally wonderful! TH...
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1960s Bulgarian Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

Early 19th century Swedish Log Chair
Located in Mjöhult, SE
Vernacular early 19th century Swedish Folk Art log chair or “kubbestol” a provincial Scandinavian chair made from a log. Ca 1800 - 1820 Sweden.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

19th C Childs Ladder Back Chair with Original Rush Seat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th C childs ladder back chair with original rush seat. The seat is so beautiful. Pristine condition.     
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Rattan, Wood

19th Century Swedish Antique rustic Stamp chair folk Art " Kubb "chair
Located in Boden, SE
Swedish "Kubb "chair from the 18th-19th century. The "Kubb"chair is an old type of furniture, and is probably the first chair. It is found on depictions from the Viking Age...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

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 Chairs

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Ash

English Elm Corner Chair, Early 19th Century
Located in London, GB
English Elm Corner chair, Early 19th Century An early 19th Century corner chair made in elm with a rush seat and an unusual simulated bamboo details in the seat back. A lovely ...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Elm

Swedish Rustic Folk Art Primitive Chair
Located in Kramfors, SE
Rustic folk art chair from Northern Sweden. The chair is unique and hand-made into a primitive example of an antique chair. The pine has never been pa...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Antique Swedish Folk Art Stump Chair
Located in Kramfors, SE
Antique Swedish stump chair in folk art. The chair has a round shape and is made from a hollowed pine tree stump. The chair is in untouched conditi...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Pine

Set of 6 Swiss Handmade Farm House Carved Dining Chairs, Switzerland, 6 Pieces
Located in Madison, WI
Absolutely stunning RARE complete set of 6 Swiss Solid wood farm house traditional dining chairs. The chairs are handmade and display beau...
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1950s Swiss Vintage Folk Art Chairs

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Walnut

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

19th Century Swedish Folk Art Chair in Higly Decorative Shapes
By Craft and Folk Art Museum
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
Folk art made in Sweden at its best. This chair with highly appealing shapes and patina. Made in the late 19th century this chair is a given piece to any modern home that wants to ha...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Birch

19th C Original Painted Decorated Child's / Doll Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19Th C original painted child’s / dolls chair from Pennsylvania. The Chair is in Amazing Condition & Found in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Circa 1860. Fantastic Patina!
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Wood

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

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

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

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

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

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...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Tulipwood

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 or...
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20th Century Portuguese Folk Art Chairs

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Fabric, Wood, Paint

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 milk paint. Its seat is pine, legs and spindles are elm and the horseshoe back rail is yew wood. Originally created to function as a work or milking chair...
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Mid-19th Century Scottish Antique Folk Art Chairs

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Paint, Yew, Pine, Elm

Folk Art chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique folk art chairs 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 chairs created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating, folk art, more furniture and collectibles and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, softwood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Folk Art chairs 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 chairs, popular names associated with this style include Bobby Falwell, and Luteca Furniture. 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 chairs differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $390 and tops out at $12,400 while the average work can sell for $2,400.

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