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Folk Art Seating

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
1980s Whimsical Textile Animals Green Colorful Serpentine Wingback Settee Sofa
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning and rare, wingback settee you could hope to find. Outstanding design is exhibited throughout. The beautiful sofa is statement pi...
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1980s European Vintage Folk Art Seating

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Textile, Upholstery, Wood, Paint

Hand Carved Dog Bench by Stephen Husek
Located in Chicago, IL
Stephen Husek, a renowned American folk artist, left behind a legacy of creativity and craftsmanship that continues to inspire today. This hand-carved wood dog bench, featuring Husek...
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1990s American Folk Art Seating

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Wood

Vintage Rustic Betsy Ross Recycled Kilim Rustic American Flag Ottoman
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage Rustic Betsy Ross Recycled Kilim Rustic American Flag Ottoman A handwoven American flag has been recycled to upholster this vintage round ottoman. The flag is a type of tape...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Seating

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Upholstery

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 Seating

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Wood

1970's Folk Art Wooden Cat Stool Side Table
Located in London, GB
1970's Folk Art Wooden Cat Stool Side Table Painted wooden stool/table modelled as a cat. An interesting quirky addition offering serval functions. Wear commensurate of age. Dimen...
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20th Century Folk Art Seating

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Fruitwood, Paint

Early 20th Century French Folk Art Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
This early 20th-century French Folk Art side chair, hand-carved from pine, embodies a modernist spirit with its playful silhouette and chunky saddle seat. What truly sets it apart is...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Seating

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Pine

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 Seating

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Wood

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 Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Long Hand Painted Bench With Interior Storage, Hungary circa 1880
Located in Round Top, TX
Antique hand painted bench with divided storage at over 9' long . Traditional Eastern European folk art hand-painting reveals faded flourishes/flower borders along front against brow...
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Late 19th Century Hungarian Antique Folk Art Seating

Materials

Wood, Paint

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 Seating

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Wood

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 Seating

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Velvet, Oak

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 Seating

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Pine

Set of 2 Bamboo Handcrafted French Riviera Stools, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern pair of bamboo and rattan handcrafted stools , circa 1960. Traditionally manufactured in France. By unknown designer. In original condition with minor wear cons...
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1960s French Vintage Folk Art Seating

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Bamboo

Organic Tripod Bench in Solid Wood, France, 19th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
Organic tripod folk art bench that beautifully captures the essence of the wabi-sabi philosophy, a Japanese tradition that appreciates the beauty of natural imperfection and the grac...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Seating

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Wood

Antique 19th Century Swedish Rosemaled Bench
Located in Peabody, MA
An antique pine bench hand painted in the Scandinavian rosemale tradition, circa 1800s. Most likely Swedish.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

Materials

Paint, Pine

Art Populaire Chest Bench, France, 17th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
Carved chest bench from 17th century France. Made of rich, dark wood, this majestic piece embodies the epitome of refinement and grace. Intricate carved details showcase the craftsma...
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17th Century French Antique Folk Art Seating

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Wood

Original Red Painted Kubbestol Log Chair, Sweden circa 1860-80
Located in Round Top, TX
Antique carved and painted kubbestol, a traditional Scandinavian chair crafted from a single log. The lovely original red paint is accented by a carved and black painted band. Much o...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

Materials

Wood, Paint

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 Seating

Materials

Cotton, Wood, Beads

Pair of Original Green Painted Kubbestol Chairs, Sweden circa 1880
Located in Round Top, TX
A "kubbestol" is a traditional Scandinavian chair made from a single log. As they are collector items, to find a pair with original paint is a special find. Notice the deep green and...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

Materials

Wood, Paint

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 Seating

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Oak

Fine late 19th Century French Wooden Bench
Located in Mjöhult, SE
fine late 19th century French wooden bench with an great original surface and shape. Ca 1890 France.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Seating

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Wood

early 20th Century Wabi Sabi 3 Leg Workshop Stool, Italian Folkart Around 1930s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This early 20th century wabi sabi 3 leg workshop stool from Italy is an excellent example of this style. The piece has a octagonal, rustic-looking seat made of wood and is supported ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Folk Art Seating

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Wood

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 its old vintage patina in pine. "Allmoge", the Swedish word for Folk Art, is exactly what these four ea...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

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Pine

1940's Artisan Turned Oak Tripod Stool
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Artisan Hand Made Turned Oak Tripod Stool. Made in Belgium, 1940's period. Solid oak wood turned stool on three legs. Very well made with nice proportions. In very good, all ...
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1940s Belgian Vintage Folk Art Seating

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Oak

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 Seating

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Pine

early 20th Century Wabi Sabi 3 Leg Workshop Stool, German Folkart Around 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This early 20th century wabi sabi 3 leg workshop stool from Germany is an excellent example of this style. The piece has a square, rustic-looking seat made of wood and is supported b...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Seating

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Wood

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 Seating

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Rush, Paint, Giltwood, Wood

A Petit Point Embroidered Tapestry Upholstered Stool A Lovely piece
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A Petit Point Embroidered Tapestry Upholstered Stool A Lovely piece, the stool has a geometric designed embroidered wool seat set on a dark blue background, it is set on walnut cabr...
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1960s Vintage Folk Art Seating

Materials

Beech

Unusual Turn of the Century Folk Art Spool Footstool
Located in Buffalo, NY
Turn or the Century hand made Folk Art spool foot stool with original mohair upholstery.
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Seating

Materials

Mohair, Wood

Antique ASHANTI Queen Mother Carved Wooden Stool Ghana Africa
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Antique GHANA, ASHANTI "Queen Mother" type hardwood hand carved stool. Hand-carved stool made by the Ashanti People of Ghana, West Africa. It's carved from one piece of wood and has ...
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Mid-20th Century Ghanaian Folk Art Seating

Materials

Wood

19th century hand painted folk art corner seat
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
19th century hand painted folk art corner seat circa 1880. We are pleased to offer this rare traditional piece of hungarian furniture, hand painted in a blue/green and red colour sc...
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Late 19th Century Hungarian Antique Folk Art Seating

Materials

Pine, Paint

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 heritage in a one-of-a-kind creation....
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Seating

Materials

Metal

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 Seating

Materials

Brass

Scandinavian Country Style Design Red Side Chairs, Sweden 1960's
Located in Oud-Turnhout, VAN
Vintage Scandinavian Country Style Design Red Lacquer and Rope Side Chair set of 2. Made in Sweden, 1960's period. High gloss red lacquered frame with woven rope seat. Turned and car...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Seating

Materials

Rope, Beech

Panchetto Locus Solus Gae Aulenti Poltronova
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Il “Locus Solus” è stato concepito negli anni 60 e rappresenta un’icona del design moderno italiano. Caratterizzata da linee pulite e geometriche, la poltrona è stata realizzata con ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Folk Art Seating

Materials

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 Seating

Materials

Wood

Antique Wooden Folding Chair, Black Forest Style carved Wood, 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This early 20th century folding chair from Germany is an excellent example of the black forest style. The piece has a rustic-looking seat made of wood and a wood carved backrest. The...
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1910s German Vintage Folk Art Seating

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Metal

Early 20th Century Carved Lion Bench Oak and Pine Sweden
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Stunning bench from the beginning of the 20th century in carved wood whose sides represent a lion. Made in Sweden, handmade in solid oak and pine with an incredible patina. Very nice...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Folk Art Seating

Materials

Oak, Pine

Painted Pine Storage Bench or Settle
Located in Baltimore, MD
This lovely storage bench has a long flat back rail scalloped at the corners where it meets the scrolled top of the high arm each end. Two bold stiles divide the back into three comp...
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Early 20th Century European Folk Art Seating

Materials

Pine

Original Hand Painted Swedish Bench, Dated 1817
Located in Round Top, TX
Original hand painted pine bench displays a brick red/brown background and simple folk art motif along the front panel. Hinged bench seat opens to reveal interior storage. Bottom sec...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

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Pine, Paint

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 Seating

Materials

Mohair, Velvet, Oak

Unusually Long Swedish 19th Century Provincial Bench
Located in Mjöhult, SE
Unusually long Swedish 19th century provincial wooden bench in great original patination and with storage compartment to the interiors. Ca 1850 Sweden.
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

Materials

Pine

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 Seating

Materials

Wood, Plywood

Swedish pair of tree chairs from the early 1900 Folk Art Peasant Seating
Located in Forest, BE
Confortable pair of Swedish hand carved pine trunk seats from the early 1900. Lots of history, patina and traces of time. Very good condition. Could be used to sit on a desk or a ta...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Folk Art Seating

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Pine

Unique 18th Century Chippendale Chair Family Heirloom, Extensive Repair.
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Unique 18th Century Chippendale Chair Family Heirloom, Extensive Repair. This chair from the American Colonial era fills a special place in the field of antiques. Obviously, the own...
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18th Century American Antique Folk Art Seating

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Mahogany

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 Seating

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Wood

early 20th Century Wabi Sabi 3 Leg Workshop Stool, German Folkart Around 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This early 20th century wabi sabi 3 leg workshop stool from Germany is an excellent example of this style. The piece has a square, rustic-looking seat made of wood and is supported b...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Seating

Materials

Wood

early 20th Century Wabi Sabi 3 Leg Workshop Stool, German Folkart Around 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This early 20th century wabi sabi 3 leg workshop stool from Germany is an excellent example of this style. The piece has a square, rustic-looking seat made of wood and is supported b...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Seating

Materials

Wood

early 20th Century Wabi Sabi 3 Leg Workshop Stool, German Folkart Around 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This early 20th century wabi sabi 3 leg workshop stool from Germany is an excellent example of this style. The piece has a square, rustic-looking seat made of wood and is supported b...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Seating

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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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Wood

Hand Carved Mexican Modern Side Dining Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hand carved Mexican modern side chair. The chair features a mahogany frame with a carved detailing along the front of the backrest. Perfect as an a...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Folk Art Seating

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Mahogany

Near Pair of Antique Welsh Country Ladder back Chairs. C.1800
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Fabulous near pair of elm ladder back chairs One is slightly taller than the other Lovely original patina and colour Great in a Folk Art interior Sturdy construction The measure...
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Early 1800s Welsh Antique Folk Art Seating

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Elm

Chunky oak stool, France 1950
Located in Amstelveen, NL
Interesting three legged naïve French stool in solid oak with beautiful patina. Colours vary from caramel to deep browns, almost black. A great esthetically interesting interior piece.
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Mid-20th Century French Folk Art Seating

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Oak

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 Seating

Materials

Canvas

Hand Carved Mexican Modern Side Dining Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hand carved Mexican modern side chair. The chair features a mahogany frame with a carved detailing along the front of the backrest. Perfect as an a...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Folk Art Seating

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Mahogany

Hand Carved Mexican Modern Side Dining Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hand carved Mexican modern side chair. The chair features a mahogany frame with a carved detailing along the front of the backrest. Perfect as an a...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Folk Art Seating

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Mahogany

Rocking Chair "Svensk Hemslöjd" Sheepskin & Pinewood, Sweden, Early 20th Century
Located in Odense, DK
Unique rocking chair handmade by a Swedish cabinetmaker in the early 20th century.. Made in solid Scandinavian dark stained pinewood with a deep patina. Carved decorations. The chair...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Folk Art Seating

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Pine, Sheepskin

Folk Art seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique folk art seating 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 seating created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include seating, folk art, tables and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, softwood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Folk Art seating 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 seating, popular names associated with this style include Alix Coco, Berber Tribes of Morocco, Bobby Falwell, and Thomas Chippendale. 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 seating differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $251 and tops out at $89,500 while the average work can sell for $2,400.

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