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Folk Art Furniture

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
Original Antique Print of a Black Bear, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a black bear. Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Captain Brown with original hand color. ...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

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 ...
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20th Century French Folk Art Furniture

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Pine, Paint

Large and Impressive Eastern European Folk Art Carved Panel Mermaid Siren Sun
Located in Ferndale, MI
Large impressive Eastern European Folk Art carved Cedar panel. Large panel feature mythical creatures and symbols. Mermaids, Sirens, anchors,...
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Mid-20th Century Ukrainian Folk Art Furniture

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Cedar

Original Antique Print of Butterflies, 1847, Unframed
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of butterflies. Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Cpt. brown with original hand color. Pub...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

Original Antique Print of Butterflies, 1847, Unframed
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of butterflies. Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Cpt. brown with original hand color. Pub...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

"Retablo No. 4 (Blackbird)" by Patrick Fitzgerald
Located in Chicago, IL
The intricate retablos of contemporary artist Patrick Fitzgerald are his means of paying homage to the musicians that inspired him throughout his life. Derived from Mexican votive pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Folk Art Furniture

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Other

Large Original Antique Natural History Print, Cranes, circa 1835
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of cranes Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Cpt. Brown and Marechal with original hand colo...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

Fire-Cut Steel Rooster in Custom Steel Mount
Located in Chicago, IL
This fire-cut steel rooster cutout, mounted on a custom steel base, is a striking piece of art that adds a touch of rustic elegance to any desktop, bookcase, or tabletop. The silhoue...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Folk Art Furniture

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Cut Steel

Outsider Portrait Painting of a Man in Green on Canvas 16" x 20"
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A tall portrait painting of a gray-haired man on canvas. This piece is by an unknown outsider artist. It features an older gentleman with clipped gray and brown hair and a tan suit j...
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20th Century American Folk Art Furniture

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Canvas, Paint

Antique Barber's Pole Trade Sign, late 19th Century
Located in Chappaqua, NY
Antique Barber Pole Trade Sign, late 19th Century. Hand-turned, Hand-painted. Iron wall mount. Red and white painted poles were typically European.
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Late 19th Century Unknown Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Wood

Large Antique Early American Banner Weathervane
Located in Forney, TX
A large and remarkable 4' long early PA American scrollwork bannerette weathervane / wind directional. Pennsylvania, first half of the 19th century, cut sheet metal, copper tubing,...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Metal, Copper, Zinc

Original Antique Print of a Brown Bear, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a brown bear. Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after captain brown with original hand color. ...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Paper

Large French 19th Century Hand Carved Wooden Fragment of a Marionette
Located in Buisson, FR
Very nice handcarved fragment of a marionette. France, circa 1850. Weathered, small losses and old repairs Measurement include the wooden base.
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Textile, Wood

Vintage American Folk Art Copper Chess Board
Located in Chicago, IL
This enchanting mid-20th century American Folk Art chess board is a true testament to naive and outsider craftsmanship and creativity. Hand-crafted with meticulous care, the board fe...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Furniture

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Copper

Found and Salvaged Steel House Structure, Modern and Minimalist Sculpture
Located in Chicago, IL
Jim Rose, known primarily for his steel furniture, was an avid collector and scoured salvage yards for unique and interesting items. Here, a collection of found steel is reworked, pr...
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2010s American Folk Art Furniture

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Metal, Steel

Original Antique Print of Pigeons, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of pigeons. Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Cpt. brown with original hand color. Publish...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Paper

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Sculpture Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. Thes...
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2010s American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Steel

Early 19th Century Folk Art Child Portrait Painting
Located in Seguin, TX
Early 19th century folk art oil on thick paper portrait painting of a little girl in red dress with lace trim holding a woven straw rattle and sitting in a painted thumb back chair...
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Early 19th Century Unknown Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Giltwood, Paint, Paper

Very Large Wall Basket, Straw and Leather, African Folk Art 1970
Located in ROUEN, FR
Large African wall-hanging basket, Circa 1970. This large decorative basket comes from Africa, purchased by one of my clients during a trip to Ethiopia in the 70s. It is made of han...
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Mid-20th Century Ethiopian Folk Art Furniture

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Leather, Straw

Set of 6 Large Original Antique Prints of Birds of Prey, C.1835
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great set of birds of prey Lithographs after the drawings by Turvey, A. Wilson and Cpt. Brown. Original color. Unframed The measurement given below is for one print.
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1830s Scottish Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

Found and Salvaged Steel Industrial Objects on Wooden Base
Located in Chicago, IL
Jim Rose, known primarily for his steel furniture, was an avid collector and scoured salvage yards for unique, interesting items. Here, a beautifully rusted tobacco box, a steel egg...
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2010s American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Metal, Steel

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Sculpture Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. These sculptures reference traditional American Folk Art barn...
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2010s American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Steel

Original Antique Print of Seals, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of seals. Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Cpt. brown with original hand color. Published...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

Vintage Turkish Tulu Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Tulu Turkish rug from the mid-20th century. A wide plain saturated marsala colored border with a beige open field. No ditzy ornamentation. Totally graphic with a very long ...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Folk Art Furniture

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Wool

Wall Mirror, Frame, Tramp Art, Folk Art, 1880, Austria
Located in Wien, AT
A very richly decorated example of the famous tramp art frames of Austria, from the 1880s. The frame of the mirror is crafted in a layered construction, with extra raised shapes on t...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Softwood, Spruce

Moroccan Vintage Berber Tribal Ethnic Cuff
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Moroccan Berber tribal bracelet from the High Atlas of Morocco. Handcrafted by Berber women using Moroccan silver nickel. The...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Furniture

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Metal

French 19th Century Folk Art Leather Box
Located in Buisson, FR
Beautiful weathered Folk Art box made out of wood and covered with leather. Working lock and key. France, circa 1850 Weathered, small losses.
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Leather, Wood

Antique Folk Art Stitched Geometric Patchwork Quilt Blanket Gingham Check
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique hand stitched bedspread / blanket / coverlet / quilt featuring checkered geometric blocks of multicolored gingham, divided by white and...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Cotton

Large Italian Giltwood Ornamental Corona Crown, Late 19th Century
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Italian Architectural Element Giltwood 19th Century Carved Corona Crown Large gilt-wood element, featuring decorative acanthus leaves, carving around the...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Giltwood

Vintage Carved Mexican Aztec Mayan Figure Onyx Stone Bookends 1950s
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage 1950s Pair of Carved Aztec Onyx Stone Bookends. Mexican Aztec Mayan Figure Onyx Book Ends.Hand carved marble stone pyramid Aztec Mayan. Pair of v...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Furniture

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Limestone, Marble

Reverse Glass Painting of Saint George and the Dragon
Located in Stamford, CT
Verre églomisé, or reverse glass painting with gilding of Saint George and the Dragon. St George shown riding his steed, slaying the dragon...
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Early 19th Century German Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Glass

1900s Scandinavian Wooden Horse
Located in High Point, NC
Like a mysterious inhabitant of a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this wooden quadruped crafted in Scandinavia circa 1900 exudes a gentle melancholy of the North. The whitenes...
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Early 1900s Scandinavian Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Wood

19th Century Zanzibar Trunk
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A 19th century Zanzibar trunk. A superb piece showing the wonderful craftsmanship of the brass workers This hardwood chest which originally was p...
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Early 19th Century Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Brass

Berthelis Myrbet Vintage Acrylic on Canvas Painting of a Haitian Harbor Scene
Located in Miami, FL
Colorful vintage acrylic painting of Haitian Harbor Scene of 3 huts and sailboats on canvas. Signed by Artist and made In Haiti in the 1970. Good vintage condition with signs of w...
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Late 20th Century Haitian Folk Art Furniture

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Acrylic, Canvas

19th Century Sailor's Valentine
Located in Nantucket, MA
19th Century Sailor's Valentine, circa 1870, a hand crafted double "sailor's valentine" shellwork picture featuring a central heart and the motto "From Barbados" within concentric ri...
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Mid-19th Century Bajan Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Shell, Mahogany

Set of 10 Original Antique Prints of Game Birds After Francis Lydon, C.1880
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful set of 10 antique prints of game birds Lithographs after the original drawings by Alexander Francis Lydon Original colour Published by John C. Nimmo, Circa 1880. Unfram...
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1880s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

Original Antique Print of Meteorites. C.1900
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of meteorites Unframed. Chromo-lithograph Published, C.1900 The measurement is the paper size of the print Free shipping.
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Early 1900s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

Original Antique Print of Hummingbirds. C.1900
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of hummingbirds Unframed. Chromo-lithograph Published, C.1900 The measurement is the paper size of the print Free shipping.
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Early 1900s French Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Paper

French, 19th Century Iron Shoemakers Shop Sign
Located in Buisson, FR
Original riveted sheet iron shoemakers shop sign. Unique find, France, circa 1800-1850. Traces of red paint visible. Weathered.
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Iron

19th Century American Folk Art Parquetry Inlaid Box
Located in Chicago, IL
This 19th-century American Folk Art walnut box is a remarkable example of traditional craftsmanship and artistic expression. The box features a raised paneled domed top adorned with ...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Maple, Walnut

Original Antique Print of a Hummingbird, 1847
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a hummingbird presented in a slightly distressed antique gilt frame. Lithograph after Cpt. brown with original hand color. Published, 1847. Free shipping.
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Gesso, Paper

Original Painted Pine Bench With Storage, Hungary dated 1910
Located in Round Top, TX
Original hand painted folk art pine bench displays traditional brown faux wood background and colorful floral displays within painted panels in back and front. Hinged bench seat open...
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Early 20th Century Hungarian Folk Art Furniture

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Pine, Paint

Antique Primitive Handcrafted Swedish Armchair, Wabi Sabi, Early 19th Century
Located in Odense, DK
This lovely 19th-century Swedish armchair, handcrafted from oak, epitomizes the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic with its rustic and unrefined charm. The sturdy oak frame showcases the natural be...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Wood, Oak, Linen

Roberto Benites Pair of Modernist Figural Paintings
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Striking pair of acrylic paintings on canvas of traditional Peruvian figures executed in a modernist minimalist folk style. Signed Roberto Benites and presented in wood frames.
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20th Century Peruvian Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Paint

Set of 16 Original Antique Prints of Seabirds After Francis Lydon, C.1880
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful set of 16 antique prints of seabirds Lithographs after the original drawings by Alexander Francis Lydon Original colour Published by John C. Nimmo, Circa 1880. Unframed...
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1880s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Paper

Original Antique Print of Dogs, 1847, 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of dogs Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Cpt. brown with original hand color. Publi...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

Italian Chair with a Very Original Design with Seat in Colored Fabric Black Wood
Located in Buggiano, IT
Italian uncommon chair with a very original design with seat in colored fabric. Heavy black wood. Colored stick decorations on the sides. Grooves o...
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1980s Italian Vintage Folk Art Furniture

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Fabric, Wood

Cast Bronze Korean Bird Vase
Located in Chicago, IL
20th century Korean cast bronze vase, standing stylized bird form supporting a vase on the back, carved with archaic motif.
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20th Century Korean Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Original Antique Print of Tattooing. C.1900
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of tattooing Unframed. Chromo-lithograph Published, C.1900 The measurement is the paper size of the print Free shipping.
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Early 1900s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

Tiger Stripe Maple Picture Frame. English, 19th Century
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful tiger stripe or flamed maple frame Solid wood. Not veneered Totally original patina. A delightful colour The measurement given below is the outside of the frame Free UK...
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1860s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Maple

Original Antique Print of Minerals and Rocks . C.1900
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of minerals and rocks Unframed. Chromo-lithograph Published, C.1900 The measurement is the paper size of the print Free shipping.
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Early 1900s English Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

Antique Early 19th Century Dutch Folk Art “Hindeloopen” Painted Tilt Top Table
Located in Casteren, NL
A beautiful antique tilt top table that was made in the Northern Netherlands, more specifically Hindeloopen in the late 1800s. The table is made of solid pine and is completely decor...
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Late 19th Century Dutch Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Pine, Paint

Original Antique Print of Aboriginal Australians, New Zealand Maori etc C.1900
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of indigenous Australians etc Unframed. Chromo-lithograph Published, C.1900 The measurement is the paper size of the print Free shipping.
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Early 1900s French Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Paper

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Box
Located in Chicago, IL
This early 20th-century American Folk Art box is a stunning display of geometric parquetry in oak, walnut, and maple. The box features intricate inlaid patterns, including two-tone d...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Furniture

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Maple, Oak, Walnut

Collection of Pig & Chimney Sweep Lucky Charm Figurines, Antique Austria, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful collection of golden rabbit, pig and Chimney Sweep lucky charm figurines. Made from white metal, pewter or composition (putz) and hand painted with cold paint like the br...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Composition, Metal

Antique Deer Head Figural Cigar Cutter, dark Metal 1900s Austria
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Classic early 1900s or older Metal Cigar Cutter. Beautiful large size cigar cutter in the form of a deer head. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria. It has its all original ant...
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Early 1900s Austrian Antique Folk Art Furniture

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Metal

Tlaquepaque Tonala Jug, Tonalá, Jalisco, Mexico, C1940
By Pre-Columbian
Located in London, GB
A wonderfully decorative earthenware jug from the Tonala valley, depicting a ‘Tlaquepaque’ scene with the most beautiful glazed artisanal composition. Graphic vivid colours depicting...
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1940s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Earthenware, Pottery

20th Century American Copper Labrador Weathervane on Custom Wall Mount
Located in Chicago, IL
This 20th-century American copper Labrador weathervane is a captivating blend of artistry and functionality. Crafted with meticulous detail, it features a majestic Labrador standing proudly atop an arrow and two hollow spheres. The copper patina adds warmth and character, making it a striking addition to your home decor. The custom mount allows for versatile display options—adorn your living room or choose a special spot that resonates with its charm. Weathervanes hold historical significance, particularly on farms, where they served as practical weather indicators. Farmers relied on these iconic ornaments to gauge wind direction...
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20th Century American Folk Art Furniture

Materials

Copper

Folk Art furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique folk art furniture for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage furniture created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include folk art, decorative objects, wall decorations and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, metal and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Folk Art furniture made in a specific country, there are Europe, North America, and United States pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original furniture, popular names associated with this style include Berber Tribes of Morocco, Mosche Bianche, Jim Rose, and Nils Olsson. 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 furniture differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $20 and tops out at $225,000 while the average work can sell for $1,252.

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