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Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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
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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

Antique bakery case piece in natural patinated oak
Located in Antwerp, BE
Unusual and rare storage piece. This really cool piece was originally used to rise bread in. Could now be used as a dresser or even to store your vinyl records or architectural plans...
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Early 20th Century European Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

1950s Carved Wooden Cabinet from Congo
Located in Antwerp, BE
One of a kind ethnic wooden cabinet from the 1950s depicting rural life in Zaïre (now the Congo). Bas-relief technique on solid wood. Great original condition. The front legs of this...
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Mid-20th Century Congolese Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Early 19th Century Blu Carved Wardrobe, Central Europe
Located in Albignasego, IT
Blue painted wardrobe with rich carvings Measures: H. 190 cm – W. 130 cm (147 cm to the frames) – D. 49 cm (56 cm to the frames) H. 74,8 in – W. 51,1 in (57,8 in to the frames) – D...
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Early 1800s German Antique Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fir

Antique 19th Century Dowry or Wedding Armoire w/ Maroon Paint & Floral Bouquets
Located in Miami, FL
A beautiful wedding armoire featuring painted urns with floral bouquets on the red panels of the doors, with swags of flowers along the frieze and waist that are all stylized represe...
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1820s Austrian Antique Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine, Paint

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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fir

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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fir

19th Century Antique Folk Painted Cabinet, 1826
Located in Albignasego, IT
Measures: H.173cm, L.127cm (147 alle cornici), P.50cm (58 alle cornici) H. 68.1 in, W. 50 in (57.8 to the frames), D. 19.6 in (22.8 to the frames) Two-door painted wardrobe with ...
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1820s Italian Antique Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fir

1843 Green Floral Painted Wardrobe, Dolomites Mountains
Located in Albignasego, IT
Painted wardrobe dated 1848 Measures: H.161 - L.78 (90 to the frames) - P.38 (43 to the frames) Tyrolean wardrobe / cupboard with one door, painted in petrol green. On the door...
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1840s Italian Antique Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fir

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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fir

Painted Cabinet Early 19th Century Floral and Figure
Located in Albignasego, IT
Floral and figure painted cabinet Measures: H.180cm – L.112cm (122 alle cornici) – P.47cm (51 alle cornici) H. 70,8in - W. 44 in (48 to the frames) - D. 18,5 in (20 to the frames...
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1810s Italian Antique Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fir

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"Art Populaire" Folk Art Stool from the Auvergne, Mid-Century Rustic 1800's
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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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Located in Antwerp, BE
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Wabi-Sabi High Board with Door & Shelves, Monoxylite, Craftsmanship 19th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
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17th Century Dutch Antique Cabinet, Highboard, The Netherlands, Renaissance
Located in Antwerp, BE
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Pierre Chapo Book Case in Solid Elm, Shelves, French, Mid-Century Modern, 1970's
By Pierre Chapo
Located in Antwerp, BE
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Henri van de Velde, Cabinet, High Board, Art Nouveau, 1930s
By Henry van de Velde
Located in Antwerp, BE
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Art Deco De Coene Voltaire Bibliothèque, Cabinet, 1920's, Brass, Eilieen Gray
By De Coene
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Deco; De Coene Voltaire Bibliothe`que; Cabinet; 1920's; Wood; glass; brass details; Henry Van De Velde; Eilieen Gray; Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann; André Mare; Art Deco De Coene Vo...
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Antique bakery case piece in natural patinated oak
Located in Antwerp, BE
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Art Deco White Cabinet by Charles Van Beerleire, Bronze, Ivory, Lacquer, 1930's
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Located in Antwerp, BE
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Willy Van der Meeren Cabinet, Belgian Design, Mid-Century Modern, 1950's
Located in Antwerp, BE
Willy Van der Meeren cabinet, Belgian design, Mid-Century Modern, Patina, Wood, Metal, Belgium, 1950's An early example of Industrial Design from the Belgium modernist stream, des...
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Antique Folk Painted German Bohemian Wedding Marriage Dowry Cabinet Armoire 1820
Located in Portland, OR
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Early 19th Century German Provincial Cabinet Made of Pine
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
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19th Century German Folk Art Painted Pine Cabinet
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H 70.48 in. W 55.12 in. D 21.66 in.
Wardrobe Cabinet, 1801 Blu Floral Painted
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Alpine antique furniture - Tyrolean wardrobe dated 1801 H.176 - L.130 (144 to the frames) - P.45 (52 to the frames) Tyrolean painted wardrobe with two doors, entirely painted w...
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Antique Folk Art Painted Austro-Hungarian Two-Door Standing Wardrobe
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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 Wardrobes and Armoires

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Shell, Wood, Mother-of-Pearl

1810 Light Blue Floral Painted Wardrobe, Alpine Region
Located in Albignasego, IT
Antique blue painted Tyrolean wardrobe. Measures: H.187cm - L.124 cm (136 cm to the frames) - P.50 cm (56 to the frames) Beautiful Tyrolean wardrobe with two doors with notches...
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1760s Austrian Antique Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Antique Dowry/Wedding Armoire with Green and Maroon Paint and Floral Design
Located in Miami, FL
A lovely wedding or dowry armoire with the original painted finish, and dated 1798. The dark green background of the armoire is broken by maroon-colored sides, crown molding and pain...
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Late 18th Century European Antique Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Victorian Mahogany Shelved Press with Hanging Rail
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
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19th Century Polychrome Painted Folk Art Armoire Wardrobe, Eastern European
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Painted 18th Century French Wedding Armoire from the Alsace
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful painted 18th century French wedding armoire with beautiful painted bouquets, hearts and iron hinges, wood pegs. Alsace, France 18th century, Weathered, small losses and old...
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Painted 18th Century French Wedding Armoire from the Alsace
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Rare piece from the Alsace with it's original bouquets and stunning color and patina. This piece of furniture is made in the 18th century but probably 191 years ago again given for a...
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