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Folk Art Dressers

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
Stone pine dresser
Located in Casaleone, IT
Chest of drawers made entirely of stone pine with interior storage drawers in the first drawer. Original double lock with key. Period decoration. More photos and information at the...
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1840s Italian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood

Stone pine wedding chest, up to the 1700s
Located in Casaleone, IT
Stone pine wedding chest, produced late 1700s. Carved on the front with three faces. Inside it features a storage drawer. Completely original hardware of the period. More photos or ...
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1780s Italian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood

Cassettone dipinto
Located in Casaleone, IT
Cassettone in cirmolo decorato, completo di ferramenta originale. 4 cassetti intagliati interni. Dipinto a finto legno con sfondo verde a fiori. Restauro conservativo. Misure di rif...
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Early 1800s Italian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood

Spruce decorated case
Located in Casaleone, IT
Fir wedding chest complete with original hardware. Very good condition, decorated in faux wood with 6-pointed star. Front and flat and 4 prongs on the sides. Inside storage drawer wi...
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1850s Austrian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood, Fir

Cassone nuziale in abete
Located in Casaleone, IT
Cassone da dote dipinto in abete. Datato 1813. Decorazione floreale, con cassetto interno. no serratura. Misure di riferimento alla cornice. Altre immagini o informazioni a richiest...
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1810s Italian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood, Fir

Spruce wedding chest
Located in Casaleone, IT
Fir dowry chest, early 1700s, origins South Tirol, Italy. Original hardware, early 1700s, original painting of the period. Inner drawer. Conservatively restored, Good condition. Ref...
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Early 1700s Italian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood, Fir

Wedding dowry chest
Located in Casaleone, IT
Decorated fir chest. Dated year 1836 with interior storage drawer and 3 drawers with painted front. Original hardware. Conservative restoration. Good conditions. Reference measureme...
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1830s Italian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood, Fir

Threaded oak chest of drawers
Located in Casaleone, IT
Filleted oak chest of drawers with hand-carved curl-lock drawers. Vienna 1800 Excellent state of conservation. Measures of reference to the frame Other imagesand information at cust...
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1850s Austrian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood

Stone pine caisson
Located in Casaleone, IT
Dowry chest made entirely of stone pine, complete with all original hardware. Drawer inside. Minimally restored with wax finish. Reference measurements are at the frame. More pictur...
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Early 1800s Italian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood

Wedding dowry chest
Located in Casaleone, IT
Spruce wedding chest with drawer and storage. Original hardware. Painted faux wood with red and light blue mirrors with floral decoration. Restorated Reference measurements at the f...
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1850s Italian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood, Fir

Spruce wedding chest
Located in Casaleone, IT
Fir wedding chest, folk art. Origin South Tyrol, Italy. Dated 1828, interlocking base. Original hardware with interior with drawer and glove box. conservation restoration. Good state...
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1820s Italian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood, Fir

Cassone nuziale
Located in Casaleone, IT
Cassone da dote nuziale decorato in abete completo di ferramenta originale. Volti a sfondo celeste e lesene con capitelli laterali. Basamento a incastro. Ottimo stato di conservazion...
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Early 1800s Italian Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Wood, Fir

Antique Swedish Pine Cupboard Cabinet
Located in Summerland, CA
Charming Swedish two piece pine wall and base cabinet. Each piece is accent trim in decorative triangular cut outs. Upper cabinet has Glass door display that locks and open shelf ...
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1870s Swedish Antique Folk Art Dressers

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Pine

Antique Storage Piece in Oak, Early 20th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique storage piece in oak, early 20th century. Storage piece, bakery cabinet, made in Europe in the early 20th century. One-of-a-kind piece, originally used to rise bread. Can now be used as a dresser, a wardrobe, or even as a storage piece to display vinyl records or architectural plans. Measurements are: W 180 cm, D 64 cm, H 179 cm, D (open) 140 cm, W (open) 250 cm. Because of its historic value, this antique bakery...
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Early 20th Century European Folk Art Dressers

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Oak

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Italian dresser by Gio Ponti for P. Lietti, 1928
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Italian dresser by Gio Ponti  for P. Lietti, 1928
Italian dresser by Gio Ponti  for P. Lietti, 1928
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Unique Italian 18th Century Hand Painted Louis XV Commode Cassone Marchigiano
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Oak Niguel Dresser by Lawson-Fenning
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Tramp Art Chest, France circa 1900
Tramp Art Chest, France circa 1900
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American Folk Art Tramp Art Miniature Wooden Dresser
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Early 20th Century Naive Tramp Art Dresser
Located in London, GB
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Early 20th Century British Folk Art Dressers

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Pine

Early 20th Century Naive Tramp Art Dresser
Early 20th Century Naive Tramp Art Dresser
H 64.97 in W 38.59 in D 17.33 in
Allmoge Commode with Faux Bois and Faux Marble Finish, Sweden, Dated 1842
Located in New York, NY
Swedish Allmoge commode, origin: Sweden, signed and dated 1842, with all original faux grain painted finish and faux marble top, and hardware.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Dressers

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American Folk Art Tramp Art Miniature Wooden Dresser
Located in New York, NY
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Rustic Buffet 18th Century Popular Art
Located in Beuzevillette, FR
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Rustic Buffet 18th Century Popular Art
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Folk Art dressers for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Folk Art dressers for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Early 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage dressers created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include case pieces and storage cabinets and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, oak and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Folk Art dressers made in a specific country, there are Europe, Scandinavia, and Sweden pieces for sale on 1stDibs. 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 dressers differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $4,498 and tops out at $9,250 while the average work can sell for $6,874.

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