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Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage 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
Swedish Mid 19th Century Hand Painted Oak Dome Top Coffer
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Swedish mid 19th century hand painted oak dome top coffer circa 1852. Vibrant and beautiful dome top trunk of grand proportions. Hand painted by Jons Persson (1811-1866) who was b...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Iron

Travail Populaire Folk Art Two-Doors Cabinet, France, 1940s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Robust; rustic; two doors; cabinet; storage; storage unit; wood; wabi sabi; france; 1940s; travail populaire; folk art; hand carved; organic; art populaire; Travail populaire fol...
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1940s French Vintage Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Split Bamboo Folk Art Woven Storage Basket with Handles
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A large woven bamboo basket with handles. The basket is a compliment to many spaces as a decorative piece, empty or to store blankets, textiles, magazines, craft supplies or kindling...
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20th Century Asian Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Bamboo

19th Century Diminutive American Apothecary Cabinet
Located in Wiscasset, ME
19th Century American apothecary cabinet or a petite size with a wonderful surface, lettering, and a carved bottom scrollwork. Possibly Pennsylvania in origin and a unique size a...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Early 19th Century Unusual Swedish Folk Art Curved Shelf
Located in Kramfors, SE
Unusual Swedish folk art shelf from the early to mid 19th century, 1820 to 1840. The shelf is from northern Sweden and primarily a floor standing shelf but it can also be hung on a w...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

1700 Deep Green Painted Blanket Chest
Located in Albignasego, IT
Small alpine painted blanket chest Measures: H.36cm, L.63cm, P.31cm Small and rare Tyrolean (Northern Italy) chest, made of fir wood, decorated with motifs depicting rural sce...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Fir

Vintage Novelty Trompe-L’oeil Writing Table of Giant Books, Greeting Desk
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Vintage Novelty Trompe-L’oeil writing table of giant books, greeting desk The desk is made with wooden and simulated leather books, a fun Trompe-L’oeil and a very attractive conve...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Folk Art Carved Oak Desk Top Book Trough or Stand
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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Oak

Painted Mongolian Coffer, c. 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
This early 20th century coffer from Mongolia was painted by hand with auspicious fruits and blessings, likely as part of a bride's dowry. Wishes painted on the pomegranates, peaches ...
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Early 20th Century Mongolian Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Vintage Metal and Wood Cabinet with Southwester Desert Cactus Motif
Located in Munster, IN
A striking desert-scape wrapped in cool cactus green creates an eye-catching piece. We love the functionality of this stylish storage cabinet. A rustic wood top provides display spac...
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Oak

Early 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Country Secretary Desk
Located in Kramfors, SE
Northern Swedish folk art secretary desk from the early 19th century, 1810 to 1820. The secretary is a genuine Swedish country house furniture in pine. The surface is very distressed...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Early 19th C. Folk Art Red Painted Wood Blanket Chest with Iron Hardware
Located in Morristown, NJ
Early 19th C. European Folk Art blanket chest with iron mounts and handles. The interior is fitted with glove box, typical of the era. The back shows lovely dovetailed construction. ...
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Early 19th Century European Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wrought Iron, Iron

Early 19th Century Antique Floral Hand Painted Two Doors Wardrobe
Located in Albignasego, IT
Two doors painted wardrobe H.180cm – L.144cm (158 alle cornici) – P.40cm (47 alle cornici) H. 70.8 in - W. 56.6 in (62.2 to the frames) - D. 15.7 in (18.5 to the frames) Tyrol...
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Early 1800s Italian Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Fir

Late 19th Century American Tramp Folk Art Draws
Located in London, GB
Late 19th century American tramp folk art draws We share what we love, and we love this late 19th American set of tramp art draws. Made from old cigar boxes, this authentic piece ...
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Early 1900s American Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

19th Century Swedish Folk Art Wooden Barrel
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish hand-crafted folk art wood barrel made around the mid 19th century, circa 1840 to 1850. The barrel is Swedish, made of pine and is in untouched original condition. The pine h...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Early 19th Century Swedish Painted Blanket Box
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Early 19th century Swedish painted blanket box circa 1816. Traditional rag painted Swedish box which is initialed and dated 1816. Flat top lid which makes it ideal for doubling up...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine, Paint

Mid 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Hand Painted Pine Coffer
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 19th century Swedish Folk Art hand painted pine coffer circa 1841. Fine quality piece of Scandinavian Folk Art. Made from solid pine with a slight dome top lid. Base coated in...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Iron

Folk Art Cabinet with Wonderful, Crazed Gray and Blue Paint and a Scalloped Top
Located in Fort Payne, AL
This is a folk art cabinet with wonderful, crazed gray and blue paint and a scalloped top. The top skirt has applied, carved decoration. This glass fronted piece is 45" high by 36 1/...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Glass, Wood

Blanket Chest on Legs with Applied Carved Arrowheads, This Is a Striking Piece
Located in Fort Payne, AL
This is a blanket chest on legs with applied carved arrowheads. It is a striking piece. The chest is of single board construction with a varnish finish and good patina. The inside is...
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Charming Folk Art Curio Cabinet with Original Paint
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pine cabinet, circa 1950, is comprised of a glass paneled front and sides and retains the original black, red and blue paint. The hardware (largely brass) is all original, as is...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Blu Floral Painted Blanket Chest Dated 1829
Located in Albignasego, IT
Blue Tyrolean chest with flowers dated 1829 Measures: H. 50cm - L. 120cm - P. 58cm. Ancient Tyrolean chest entirely painted in blue, characterized by three frontal arched backg...
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1820s Austrian Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Fir

Mid 19th Century Hand Painted Romanian Painted Trunk
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1865 Romanian painted wood trunk. Great color and design with floral motif and painted panels on top, front and sides. Honest wear and fading. Painted date inside of lid is 186...
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Mid-19th Century Romanian Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Antique Swedish Folk Art Chest of Drawers
Located in Kramfors, SE
Chest of drawers in folk art. The chest is from northern Sweden and made in pine during the mid-1800s. Four drawers with original locks and key in working condition. The chest has un...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Exceptional Tramp Art Mirrored Wall Cabinet
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
An antique Tramp Art hanging cabinet with mirrored panel doors that open to a single shelving unit, over one long drawer over two short drawers.
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

1813 Blue-Green Floral Painted Wardrobe, Alpine Region
Located in Albignasego, IT
Tyrolean painted cabinet 1813. Measures: H. 178cm - L. 145cm (158cm to the frames) - P. 47cm (55cm to the frames). Tyrolean painted wardrobe with two doors and two drawers, ent...
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1810s Austrian Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Fir

1769 Green Floral Painted Wardrobe, Central Europe
Located in Albignasego, IT
Green Tyrolean painted cabinet dated 1769 - Central Europe Alpine Region Measures: H. 190 cm - L. 140 cm (154 cm to the frames) - P. 53cm (60 cm to the frames) Tyrolean painted...
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1760s German Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Fir

Folk Art Painted Antique Chest of Drawers
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A classic antique two over three drawer chest with carved top edge, knob pulls and raised on turned legs. The metal escutcheons lack a key. Painted overall in light brown, the top an...
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Early 19th Century Swedish Painted Wall Cupboard
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Early 19th century Swedish painted wall cupboard circa 1822. Fine quality Dalarna region wall cupboard. Hand painted in orange, reds and greens. Shaped cornice below which the ini...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine, Paint

Early 19th Century Decorated Swedish Corner Cabinet
Located in Kramfors, SE
Rare corner cabinet from northern Sweden made during the first years of the 19th century, 1810 to 1820. The cabinet is pine and made in two parts. It has the original decoration pain...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Late 19 C Hand Painted Chest from Brittany, France
Located in London, Park Royal
A late 19 C chest from Brittany, France. The floral folk art paintwork on the front and sides will have been done more recently towards the late 1900s to revamp the original artwork....
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Late 19th Century French Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Hardwood

Antique Early American Folk Art Pine Parquetry Star Dowry Blanket Chest Trunk
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Early American pine Folk Art farmhouse dowry or blanket chest featuring striped geometric parquetry design with lone stars. Acquired in the 1980’s from a Salt Lake City estat...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

French Hand Painted Folk Art Desk by Gérard Rigot
Located in Ferndale, MI
Gérard Rigot's (b.1929) colorful hand painted oak Folk Art desk. From the aboriginal women painted on the two front legs to the pineapples painted on the elephant storage boxes to th...
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20th Century French Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine, Paint

Large Folk Art Gothic Tramp Art Wall Shelf with Bin
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Large Folk Art Gothic Tramp Art wall shelf with bin. Stare and shape cut-outs. 57" tall from tip to tip, 19" wide and 12" deep. Very ornate bin probably wall used for papers but woul...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Oak

1768 Green Painted Wardrobe, Central Europe
Located in Albignasego, IT
Tyrolean painted cabinet dated 1768 Measures: H. 180cm – W. 95cm (100 to the frames) – D. 40cm (45 to the frames) Beautiful painted wardrobe, with unusual shapes and decoration...
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1760s Italian Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Fir

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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Early 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Decorated Secretary Cabinet
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish Folk Art secretary cabinet in two parts. The secretary cabinet has two large drawers, a writing desk and two upper doors with shelves inside. Original paint and dated 1818 on...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Antique Folk Art Grain Painted Blanket Chest with Strap Hinges, Dated 1846
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Folk Art blanket chest or trunk offers grain painted wood construction with central date of 1846, strap hinges and interior patch box and drawers as photographed. Meas...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Paint, Wood

19th Century American General Store Apothecary Grain Paint Hand Stenciling
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Beautiful 19th century general store large scale yellow pine apothecary in old surface. Found in the north eastern united states. Most likely of Pennsylvania origin. Red stain grain ...
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1880s American Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Swat Valley Hand Painted Chest
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Wonderful hand painted swat valley chest. The colors are great on this piece. There is a sliding door that allows access into this chest.
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Early 1900s Pakistani Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Brown Floral Painted Blanket Chest, 1800 Central Europe
Located in Albignasego, IT
Tyrolean painted chest Measures: H. 85 - L. 134 - P. 63 Ancient painted chest. Entirely painted with decorations that simulate "herringbone" woodworking. On the front it has ...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Fir

Mid 19th Century Swedish Hand Painted Dome Top Trunk
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 19th century Swedish hand painted dome top trunk circa 1854. Beautifully decorated coffer in it's original paint. Initialed on the front a g l d and dated 1854, further decora...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine, Paint

Mid-18th Century Carved Wardrobe
Located in Albignasego, IT
Antique Tyrolean (Northern Italy) carved wardrobe, mid-18th century Measures: H. 187cm, L. 156cm, P. 60cm Wardrobe with two doors and two drawers, notched, in fir wood. The fro...
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Mid-18th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Fir

Folk Art 19th Century Travail Art Populaire Cabinet, Bretagne, France
Located in Antwerp, BE
Folk Art; 19th Century; Travail Art Populaire; Cabinet; Bretagne; France; Wabi-Sabi; French Design; Storage; Storing; Sand Dollar; Carvings; Sea Cookie; Snapper Biscuit; Seaside; Sea...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Antique Folk Art Faux Grain Paintedblanket Chest, c1860
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Folk Art blanket chest offers grain painted exterior with front having central diamond, interior with patch box, raised on ebonized legs, c1860 Measures - 25.5'' H x 49''...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Glass, Wood

Pine Trunk or Blanket Chest in Original Decorative Paint
Located in Baltimore, MD
We love antique trunks in original red and green paint. This small blanket chest has a worn green background all over, except, as is usual, the back, which is polished only. The lid ...
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Mid-19th Century Hungarian Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

18th Century Blanket Chest with Scalloped Apron, Connecticut
Located in New York, NY
Painted blanket chest with bracketed feet and beautifully scalloped apron. Top with molded edge and stepped cleats. An absolute delight, this festive 18th century jewel made of pine ...
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Late 18th Century American Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine, Paint

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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Small Folk Art Cupboard from a Wood Fuse Box with "Danger" and Other Carvings
Located in Fort Payne, AL
This is a home made small folk art cupboard made from a wood fuse box with "DANGER" and other carvings. It is put together from thick pine boards and painted an old white which has c...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Large 19th Century Original Swedish Painted Hope Chest
Located in Kramfors, SE
Black Swedish hope chest from the first years of the 19th century. This chest is in original, untouched condition with the original paint. The lid of the chest is painted very decora...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

18th Century Blu/Green Floral Painted Blanket Chest
Located in Albignasego, IT
Tyrolean painted chest Measures: H.67 - L.167 - P.72 Tyrolean painted chest entirely painted in green / blue, with three panels on the front containing cups of flowers. Also on t...
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Mid-18th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Fir

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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Oak

1940s Folk Art Wire with Slatted Wood Lidded Box or Storage Trunk
Located in Ferndale, MI
Slats of wood connected by twisted wire for the box part of this trunk. Larger boards make up the top.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Sheet Metal, Wire

Popular Art Shelf in Pine, circa 1900
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Popular art shelf in pine circa 1900 Measures: depth : 23 cm.
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Early 20th Century European Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine

Hand painted mid 19th century Swedish wall cabinet
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Hand painted mid 19th century Swedish wall cabinet circa 1846. Beautiful traditional Swedish pine cabinet. This cabinet was made by Janis Hjertner who lived in lima in Sweden and d...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Pine, Paint

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