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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
Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Folk Art Carved Oak Oval Cutting or Cheese Board
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This solid oak oval cutting board was made by the renowned English furniture maker Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson in his signature Arts & Crafts style. The cutting board has a raised han...
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Mid-20th Century English Folk Art Bookcases

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Oak

19th Century SE Asian Highly Carved Wooden and Gilted Floor Case
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century SE Asian highly carved wooden and gilded floor or wall case featuring Hindu gods. Outstanding and very rare, large and impressive piece!! Mid-19th century, circa 1...
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Mid-19th Century Cambodian Antique Folk Art Bookcases

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Gold Leaf

Tramp Art Step Back Cabinet
Located in Aurora, OR
This beautifully refined tramp art cabinet is a show stopper. With its elegantly stenciled glass doors and delicate upper gallery rail, this is a piece of craftsmanship that goes abo...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Bookcases

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Glass, Wood

Swedish Craft, Bookcase, Pine, Nails, 19th Century Sweden
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique shelf or bookcase / apothecary cabinet. Produced in Sweden 19th century. Likely originally placed atop another cabinet.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bookcases

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Pine

Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Folk Art Carved Oak Desk Top Book Trough or Stand
By Robert Thompson
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This solid oak desk top book trough was made by the renowned English furniture maker Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson in his signature Arts & Crafts style. The stand is entirely composed o...
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Mid-20th Century English Folk Art Bookcases

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Oak

Exceptional Painted Bookcase with Gold Leaf Carvings
Located in Albignasego, IT
Exceptional bookcase painted in blue and red with gold leaf carvings. Two large side pillars, with richly carved scrolls, lacquered and gilded with gold leaf, on the notches carved ...
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1810s Italian Antique Folk Art Bookcases

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Fir

Folk Art "Picassiette" Deux-Corps, France, 19th Century
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Rare and unusual dresser decorated with colorful bits of broken porcelain -- in typical French Folk Art tradition, but unusual on a piece of this size -- and painted pink, red and gr...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Bookcases

Folk Art Outsider Screen Room Divider Shelf Studio Indian Modern
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Folk Art screen, room divider or shelf reclaimed studio Indian modern A one-off design by Calcutta, India-based artist P. Mohanta. Purchased in early 2000 from a Calcutta gallery. ...
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Late 20th Century Indian Folk Art Bookcases

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Wood

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Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Folk Art Carved Oak Desk Top Book Trough or Stand
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Pair of Canadian Folk Art Carved Japanese Internment Camp Figures or Sculptures
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This pair of Folk Art carved figures is believed to have been made by a Japanese immigrant to Canada either while or after being interned by the Canadian government during the Second...
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Antique Scandinavian Folk Art Carved Wooden Double Handled Pitcher
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique hand-carved wooden folk art pitcher is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Scandinavia, likely Denmark, is approximately 1890 in a period Folk Art style. The pit...
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Whimsical Folk Art Carving
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Whimsical Folk Art carving of a man peering out the window with an exposed bottom. Signed "Clyde".
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Bookcases

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Large European Folk Art Carved Wooden Standing Man Carrying a Basket Sculpture
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large Folk Art wooden sculpture is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Europe and most likely Italy in circa 1920 in a Folk Art style. This large wooden carved sculpture...
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Early 20th Century Italian Folk Art Bookcases

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Softwood

Pair of Antique Folk Art Hand-Carved Wooden Circular Wall Plaques
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This pair of antique folk art carved wall plaques are unsigned, but believed to have originated from Greece in approximately 1920. These circular wall plaques are done with a softwoo...
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Early 20th Century Greek Folk Art Bookcases

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Softwood

Antique Carved Folk Art Wooden Wall Hanging Commemorating The Royal Mail
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large antique folk art hand carved wall hanging is unsigned but presumed to have been made in England in circa 1880 in the Victorian style. The wall sculpture commemorates the R...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Bookcases

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Wood

Mid-Century Quebec Folk Art Carved & Polychrome Pahined Robed Clergyman & Child
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This hand-carved wooden sculpture is unsigned, but presumed to have originated from Quebic Canada and date to approximately 1950 and done in the period Folk Art style. The sculpture ...
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Folk Art Bookcases

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Pine

Antique Folk Art Ornately Carved Wooden Picture Frame with Birds & Flowers
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This ornately hand-carved picture frame is unsigned, but presumed to have originated from Eastern Europe, and date to approximately 1920 and done in a Folk Art style. The frame is co...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Folk Art Bookcases

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Antique Styled Folk Art Carved and Painted Wood Figure Hanging Sheriff Study
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Dating from possibly the Victorian period, this Folk Art styled carved and hand painted wooden sculpture depicts an effigy of a Wild West Sheriff hanging with his hands behind his ba...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Bookcases

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Hardwood, Paint

Vintage Signed Quebec Folk Art Carved Burlwood Wall Sculpture of a Bearded Man
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This folk art wall sculpture is signed by Noel Guay a Quebec wood carver of Canada and dates to approximately 1960 and done in the Quebec folk art style. The sculpture is done with a...
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Folk Art Bookcases

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Pine

Vintage ANRI Folk Art Hand Carved & Painted Sculpture "The Lumberjack" by Duquet
By ANRI
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This vintage folk art hand carved and polychrome painted sculpture is signed with the maker's label of the ANRI group of cavers from Italy and done in circa 1960. This carving was bo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Folk Art Bookcases

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Softwood

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Folk Art Outsider Screen Room Divider Reclaimed Studio Indian Modern One off
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Folk Art outsider screen room divider reclaimed studio Indian modern one-off design by Calcutta, India artisan P. Mohanta. Purchased from Calcutta gallery comprised of found objects,...
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Late 20th Century Indian Folk Art Bookcases

19th Century Folky Inlaid Bible Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 19th century bible box is all handcrafted and hand inlaid pieces on the cover. The key hole is a hand-carved white heart. The condition is very good with minor scratches or marks.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Bookcases

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Wood

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H 4 in. W 14 in. D 13 in.
Swedish Bookcase Ladder, 19th Century, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
A Swedish bookcase ladder made during the 19th century in Sweden. Made from pine.   
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Bookcases

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Folk Art Outsider Screen Room Divider Reclaimed Studio Indian Modern One off
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Folk Art outsider screen room divider reclaimed studio Indian modern one-off design by Calcutta, India artisan P. Mohanta. Purchased from Calcutta gallery comprised of found objects,...
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Late 20th Century Indian Folk Art Bookcases

19th Century Folky Inlaid Bible Box
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 19th century bible box is all handcrafted and hand inlaid pieces on the cover. The key hole is a hand-carved white heart. The condition is very good with minor scratches or marks.
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Located in New York, NY
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Carved and Painted Folk Art Antique Dutch Yoke
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Early 20th Century French Pine Wood Bibliotheque, 1900s
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Swedish Painted Bureau Bookcase
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19th Century Rustic Neoclassical Painted Store Display, Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
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19th Century Carved Wood Dog Family, Folk Art
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Early 19th Century Georgian Bleached Pine Breakfront Bookcase
Located in Essex, MA
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