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Folk Art Cabinets

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
Tramp Art Secretary Desk of Diminutive Size
Located in Downingtown, PA
Tramp Art Secretary Desk of Diminutive Size, Late-19th Century. The secretary desk is black over red with thumb-nail moldings. The top with drawers made from old cigar boxes. ...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Cabinets

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Wood

Folk Art 19th Century 'travail d'art populaire' Cabinet from Bretagne, France
Located in Antwerp, BE
Folk Art 19th century 'travail d'art populaire' cabinet from Bretagne, France French Wabi Sabi, zen, Folk Art armoirette in solid wood Sculptural storage piece from Bretagne, Fra...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Pine

19th Century Swedish Folk Art Wall Cabinet
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Vernacular 19th century Swedish hand painted folk art wall cabinet in it's original finish, dated 1823.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Primitive 19th C. “Hewn” Oak Shelving Unit
Located in London, GB
A wonderfully simple hewn oak shelving unit/cupboard. Originating from the mountains of Central Europe the unit is constructed entirely of thick hand cut pieces of oak with a hing...
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1860s Romanian Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Oak

18th Century German Oak Cupboard
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
A 18th century German cupboard from the lower Rhine area. Two-door oak corpus with projecting moulded cornice. Doors and pilasters partially carved. Pilaster strips decorated wit...
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18th Century German Antique Folk Art Cabinets

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Oak

French Tramp Art 1900s Small Cabinet with Hand-Carved Geometric Raised Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
An unusual French Tramp Art small cabinet from the early 20th century, with raised geometric motifs. Created in France during the early years of the 20th century, this small cabinet ...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Cabinets

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Wood

Handcrafted Oxcart Wagon Bar Cart With Intricate Wood Inlay Marquetry
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This handcrafted, solid wood bar deviates from our usual stable, but we couldn't resist it's charm! The bar cart is fashioned to look like a wagon. It even comes complete with a leat...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Fruitwood, Hardwood

Salvador Corona Hand Painted Cabinet, Mexico / Tucson, 1940s, Signed
Located in Kansas City, MO
Beutiful Salvador Corona hand painted and signed cabinet with drawers, Mexico / Tucson, 1940s. Good original condition with honest attractive wear.
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1950s American Vintage Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Antique Swedish Hand Painted Marriage Cupboard
Located in Somerton, GB
An antique Swedish Baroque taste cabinet with the most beautiful combed paint decor. The colour is mellow and natural red colour. The cabinet features a Swedish crown pediment with ...
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1830s Swedish Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Pine

Italian 19th Century Apothecary Cabinet
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Fabulous 19th century Italian apothecary cabinet. This apothecary cabinet offers plenty of storage for the modern-day home. It has its originals keys and labels which are fix...
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19th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Paint

19th Century French Country Folk Art Corner Cabinet
Located in Winter Park, FL
A fine 19th century French Art Populair, or Folk Art, corner cabinet from Normandy. Made of pitch pine with bold geometric carved panels. In three parts: the bottom has a small dovet...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Pine

Folk Art American Tramp Art Cabinet, Burlington, Vermont
Located in Downingtown, PA
Folk Art American tramp art cabinet, a drawer marked Burlington, Vermont, one-drawer signed MR.R, early 20th century. The charming and rare miniature cabinet with four drawers ...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Petite Folk Art Hand-Painted Commode with Hinged Top
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Diminutive Folk Art cabinet / commode with original paint in attractive black and red palette and extraordinary hand-painted decoration (ca 19th Century, USA). Sourced from a century...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Metal

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 Cabinets

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Folk Art American Tramp Art Cabinet, Burlington, Vermont
Located in Downingtown, PA
Folk Art American tramp art cabinet, a drawer marked Burlington, Vermont, one-drawer signed MR.R, early 20th century. The charming and rare miniature cabinet with four drawers ...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Collection of Spanish Glass Bottles & Glasses in Carrying Case, Royal Factory
By Real Fábrica de Cristales de La Granja
Located in Downingtown, PA
Collection of glass bottles & glasses in carrying case, The Real Fábrica de Cristales de La Granja, "Royal Factory of Glass and Crystal of La Granja" San Ildefonso (Segovia)   A se...
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Late 18th Century Spanish Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Glass

American Sailor's Woolwork of Small Size
Located in Downingtown, PA
Small American Sailor's woolwork, Circa 1865-75 The American Sailor's woolwork or woolie depicts a portside view of a fully rigged ship under full sail. The ship has an unusual g...
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1870s Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wool

  • American Sailor's Woolwork of Small Size
  • American Sailor's Woolwork of Small Size
  • American Sailor's Woolwork of Small Size
  • American Sailor's Woolwork of Small Size
H 10.75 in. W 16.5 in. D 1.5 in.
American Folk Art Metal Basket of Beaded Fruit, Basket, Early 20th Century
Located in Downingtown, PA
American Folk Art metal basket of beaded fruit, Basket early 20th century, fruit 1940s-60s. The dramatic early 20th-century metal openwork basket contains a large collection of b...
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20th Century American Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Metal

Folk Art Sailor's Wood Ditty Box
Located in Downingtown, PA
Folk Art Sailor's wood ditty box, Early 20th century The Folk Art sailor's rectangular wood box is inlaid with lighter colored wood inlays of various subjects including a sailboa...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wood

  • Folk Art Sailor's Wood Ditty Box
  • Folk Art Sailor's Wood Ditty Box
  • Folk Art Sailor's Wood Ditty Box
  • Folk Art Sailor's Wood Ditty Box
H 4.5 in. W 14 in. D 10 in.
Life-Sized Austrian Pottery Figure of a Pug, circa 1860-1880
Located in Downingtown, PA
Large Austrian pottery figure of a pug, circa 1860-1880. The large life-sized pottery pug dog stands on all four legs, its head turned over the left shoulder with its tongue sti...
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19th Century Austrian Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Pottery, Terracotta

American Applique Picture of a Basket of Strawberries
Located in Downingtown, PA
American oval shadow box felt picture depicts strawberries in an openwork straw basket with the large long handle rising above. Within an oval gilt frame. .
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Felt

Painting of a View of Valletta Harbour, Malta, circa 1850
Located in Downingtown, PA
Malta folk painting of a View of Valletta Harbour, Oil on canvas, Mid-19th century. The massive painting was made from the upper gardens overlooking the west side of the harbour...
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Mid-19th Century Maltese Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Folk Art Sailor's Painting of International Flag Code
Located in Downingtown, PA
Folk Art Royal Navy Sailor's painting of International Flag Code The sailor's Folk Art painting depicts a series of flags of the International Flag code as well as a Royal Navy Br...
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Late 19th Century Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Folk Art Sailor's Woolwork With Trapunto Sails, Late 19th Century
Located in Downingtown, PA
British Sailor's Woolwork With Trapunto Sails, Late 19th century The large colorful folky sailor's woolwork or woolie depicts a large square-rigged three-masted first-rate battle...
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19th Century English Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Textile, Wool

Sailor's Woolwork of a Fleet of Nine Royal Navy Ships, 1875
Located in Downingtown, PA
Sailor's woolwork of a fleet of nine royal navy ships, 1875 A wonderful and dramatic sailor's woolie of a starboard view of a fleet of nine Royal Navy ships of a variety of diffe...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wool

Christening of the Prince of Wales Woolwork Picture, Dated 1842
Located in Downingtown, PA
English royal woolwork picture, titled E R/ Christening of the/Prince of Wales/Jan 25th 1842 A rare woolwork picture in bands of white, pink, red and green centered with a black ...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wool

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Antique Folk Painted German Bohemian Wedding Marriage Dowry Cabinet Armoire 1820
Located in Portland, OR
A very good antique example of a German Folk Art painted marriage/dowry cabinet, armoire, circa 1820. The painted cabinet having all the original polychrome decoration, to the top o...
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1820s German Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Pine

Early 19th Century German Provincial Cabinet Made of Pine
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Antique provincial arch cabinet from southern Germany, circa from 1820. A 2-door corpus made of pine wood, standing on 4 bun feet, with an arched cornice, openwork volute-decorated ...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Iron

Unusual Late 18th Century Swedish Green Country Folk Art Cabinet
Located in Kramfors, SE
Unusual northern Swedish folk art cabinet made around 1790 to 1800. The cabinet is a country house furniture from the village Lockne in Jämtland in northern Sweden. This type of cabi...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Pine

Rustic 'Art Populaire' Folk Art Storage Piece from the Auvergne, France
Located in Antwerp, BE
Folk Art, rustic looking cabinet, travail d'art populaire', solid wood Wabi sabi, zen cabinet that would fit well in an Axel Vervoordt inspired decor. This cabinet is equally a scul...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Pine

Swedish Folk Art Corner Cabinet in Original Paint
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Folk Art corner cabinet from the region of Narke. This piece has original paint colour both inside and out. A large single carved front door opens to storage, below two further carve...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wood

  • Swedish Folk Art Corner Cabinet in Original Paint
  • Swedish Folk Art Corner Cabinet in Original Paint
  • Swedish Folk Art Corner Cabinet in Original Paint
  • Swedish Folk Art Corner Cabinet in Original Paint
H 82.68 in. W 39.38 in. D 20.87 in.
19th Century German Folk Art Painted Pine Cabinet
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
19th century German hand painted provincial cabinet made of pine. Painting with motifs of the 4 seasons. 2-door body with beveled corners, standing on pressed ball feet, dividable i...
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19th Century German Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Pine

  • 19th Century German Folk Art Painted Pine Cabinet
  • 19th Century German Folk Art Painted Pine Cabinet
  • 19th Century German Folk Art Painted Pine Cabinet
  • 19th Century German Folk Art Painted Pine Cabinet
H 70.48 in. W 55.12 in. D 21.66 in.
Faux Marble Painted Tramp Art Cabinet
Located in High Point, NC
A rare large size, this two door and drawer tall cabinet originates from France, circa 1880. An eclectic mix of techniques and finishes, a pine case is hand painted in faux marble pa...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Iron

  • Faux Marble Painted Tramp Art Cabinet
  • Faux Marble Painted Tramp Art Cabinet
  • Faux Marble Painted Tramp Art Cabinet
  • Faux Marble Painted Tramp Art Cabinet
H 53.3 in. W 44.7 in. D 17.3 in.
19th Century Horticulturalist Merchants Bank of Seed Shop Drawers
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A charming bank of seed drawers that once would off been housed in a horticulturist shop to dispense seeds to customers. Pine in construction with original hand painted green and...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Pine

Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This wall cabinet painted with kitschy nude has a wrought iron hanging loop but can also stand on the floor. The original lock is intact.
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19th Century Latvian Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Wood

  • Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet
  • Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet
  • Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet
  • Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet
H 31.5 in. W 28 in. D 15 in.
Cabinet by Axel Einar Hjorth, Sweden, ca.1920
Located in Berlin, DE
Cabinet by Axel Einar Hjorth, Sweden, ca.1920
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Early 20th Century Swedish Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Oak

  • Cabinet by Axel Einar Hjorth, Sweden, ca.1920
  • Cabinet by Axel Einar Hjorth, Sweden, ca.1920
  • Cabinet by Axel Einar Hjorth, Sweden, ca.1920
  • Cabinet by Axel Einar Hjorth, Sweden, ca.1920
H 49.22 in. W 39.77 in. D 18.9 in.
Aegean Carved Curiosity Cabinet and Shelf
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
This fanciful work, inlaid with mother of peal and made along the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean, features full-relief carvings of rams' heads, sheaves of wheat, floral sprays an...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Shell, Wood, Mother-of-Pearl

Delightful 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Dresser
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Delightful 19th century Swedish Folk Art dresser in its original faux wood painted finish with a great patinated surface. The dresser has four plate racks and two cupboard doors cont...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Cabinets

Materials

Pine

  • Delightful 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Dresser
  • Delightful 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Dresser
  • Delightful 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Dresser
  • Delightful 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Dresser
H 79.93 in. W 44.49 in. D 16.93 in.

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