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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
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 Seating

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Wood

Pair of English Barstools, circa 1950s
Located in High Point, NC
Pair of English barstools made of elm. The seats are wonderfully grained and are supported on trestle type sides which end in shaped feet. The sides are joined by hand-turned stretch...
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1950s English Vintage Folk Art Seating

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Elm

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 Seating

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Wood, Beads

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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Oak

Rare 1940's /50's New York Times Newspaper Display Cart, News Stand
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare 1940's /50's New York Times Newspaper display cart, news stand, You would be hard pressed to find another!. Newspaper industrial rolling cart with famed New York Times logo, mos...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Seating

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Metal, Steel

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 Seating

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Oak, Walnut

Early 20th C. French Oak Stool with Light Finish, France
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early 20th C. French oak stool with light finish, France, Measures: Height: 17.25 diameter 13 W of legs: 17.
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Seating

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Oak

Swedish Folk Art, Unique Organic Farmers Stool, Wood, 19th Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A unique organic and farmers wooden stool, 19th century. Signed "M" on the underside.      
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

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Wood

"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 Seating

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Wood

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 Seating

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Pine

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 Seating

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Iron, Wrought Iron

Indoor-Outdoor Modern River Rock Masonry Tuffet Stool by Lland
By Lland
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Masonry Tuffet stool is made from a common injection molded plastic child's stool, reimagined by cladding it in stone masonry. This piece represents the artist's personal appreci...
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2010s American Folk Art Seating

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Stone

Vintage Turquoise Painted Rattan Garden Swing Lounge Chair
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Vintage Rattan swing lounge chair, in turquoise paint. The swing can be used for indoor or outdoor. Complimentary front door delivery includes Washington DC metro, Baltimore and Phi...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Seating

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Rattan

Carved Pine Swan Bench Mexican Folk Art Sculpture
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Exceptional hand-carved Mexican folk art bench sculpture crafted from pine. The carved bench has a swan on each end and two swans on the back. The arms measure 24.5 inches high. Depi...
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20th Century Mexican Folk Art Seating

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Pine

Swedish Folk Art, Unique Sculptural & Organic Farmers Stool, Wood, 19th Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A unique organic and farmers wooden stool, 19th century. Signed has a beautiful sculptural appeal. In untouched original condition.    
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

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Wood

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 Seating

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Pine

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 Seating

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Pine

19th Century Appalachian Rocking Chair
Located in Houston, TX
19th century Appalachian rocking chair constructed from twigs, bentwood and an oak seat. Faint remnants of old paint. Excellent condition and beautiful natural patina.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Seating

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Oak, Bentwood

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 Seating

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Wood, Paint

Late 18th Century Swedish Folk Art Bench
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Late 18th century Swedish Folk Art bench in solid raw pine. Ca 1790.
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

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Pine

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 Seating

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Hardwood

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 Seating

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Bentwood

Mexican 'Art Populaire' Bar Stools
Located in Antwerp, BE
Folk Art barstool that would fit well in a rustic modern or eclectic interior. Originally designed and made in Mexico, these stools and chairs were distributed by the famous "Beij...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Seating

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Leather, Wood

Vintage Egyptian African Camel Saddle Stool
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Egyptian, North Africa camel saddle shape stool. Traditionally used to ride camels in the desert of Africa and the Middle East, this camel saddle could be used as a foot sto...
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Mid-20th Century Egyptian Folk Art Seating

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Cowhide, Wood

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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Leather, Wood

Small Square Mid-20th Century American 4-Legged Antler Foot Stool
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Small square mid-20th century American 4-legged antler foot stool.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Seating

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Antler

Pine Hand-Painted Storage Bench
Located in Baltimore, MD
This handsome and shapely box bench from Southern Hungary has a sharply scalloped top rail with a tall cartouche in the center. The rails enclose straight spindles along the back. Th...
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Late 19th Century Hungarian Antique Folk Art Seating

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Pine

Bench Swedish 19th Century Pine Raw Finish Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Bench Swedish 19th Century pine raw finish Sweden. A pull out bench made during the 19th Century in Sweden. Finish is a raw wood.  
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19th Century European Antique Folk Art Seating

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Wood

Mid 19th Century Charming Swedish Painted Folk Art Sofa or Bench
Located in Kramfors, SE
Charming folk art sofa or bench from northern Sweden with the dating 1855. The sofa is unusually short and has hand carved wooden decorations. Made in pine with the untouched origina...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

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Pine

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 Seating

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Elm, Pine, Yew, Paint

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

Large Square Indian Pouf
Located in New Orleans, LA
Very large footstool or pouf made of rustically woven wool.
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Seating

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Wool

Small Square Indian Pouf
Located in New Orleans, LA
Large ottoman or pouf in a rustic woven wool.
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Seating

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Wool

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 Seating

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Beech

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 Seating

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Goatskin, Wood, Beads

Vintage Egyptian Camel Saddle Stool
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Egyptian, North Africa camel saddle shape stool. Traditionally used to ride camels in the desert of Africa and the Middle East, this camel saddle could be used as a foot sto...
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Mid-20th Century Egyptian Folk Art Seating

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Brass

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 Seating

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Pine

19th Century Swedish Folk Art Bench
Located in Helsingborg, SE
19th century Swedish Folk Art bench in solid pine it's original black finish. Ca 1830.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

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Pine

Carved Hand Chair after Pedro Friedeberg
Located in NYC, NY
A unique, hand-carved wood chair in the shape of a cupped hand with detailing down to the wrinkles and fingernails. The base whimsically detailed as a shirt cuff with buttons. Solid....
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1950s French Vintage Folk Art Seating

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Wood

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 Seating

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Leather, Beech

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 Seating

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Leather

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 Seating

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Cowhide, Wood

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 Seating

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Oak, Walnut

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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Chestnut, Cord

Pair of French Folk Art Tripod Stools C1950
Located in Trensacq, FR
Pair of French Folk Art tripod stools c1950 A fabulous pair of wooden tripod stools from 1950s France. Versatile handcrafted three-legged tabouret stools, which can also be placed...
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Mid-20th Century French Folk Art Seating

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Wood

Bench Swedish 18th Rustic Century Original Paint, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Bench Sweden 18th rustic century original paint, Sweden. A bench made during the 18th century in Sweden. Original dark red paint.
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique 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 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 Seating

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Pine

Early 1740s English Oak Set of Six Dining Chairs
Located in London, Greenwich
Early 1740s English oak set of six dining chairs.
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1740s British Antique Folk Art Seating

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Oak

18th Century Swedish Rustic Folk Art Bench
Located in Kramfors, SE
Northern Swedish Folk Art bench from the late 1700s. The bench is Primitive and rustic and has a lot of character, especially given the original distressed paint and authentic patina...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

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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 Seating

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Oak

18th Century Primitive Welsh Windsor Armchair
Located in Houston, TX
18th Century primitive Welsh Windsor armchair, or stick chair, circa 1740-1760. All-original: elm shaped-seat; ash back, arms and legs. Remnants of early black paint. Beautiful patin...
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1740s Welsh Antique Folk Art Seating

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Ash, Elm, Paint

Pair of Folk Art Carved Oak Chairs, 1900s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Early 20th century Folk Art carved oak side chairs with heart cutout. Very sturdy and heavy chairs. Believed to be italian work 1900s, Italy Good condition Great dec...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Folk Art Seating

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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 Seating

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Pine

Swedish Folk Art, Organic Side Table / Stool Wood, "Faluröd" Paint, 19th Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A unique organic and farmers wooden stool, 19th century. Signed has a beautiful sculptural appeal. In untouched original condition. Partially painted in the iconic "faluröd" red pigm...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Seating

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Wood

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 Seating

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Rush, Wood

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