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Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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
Late 18th Century Northern Swedish Blue Folk Art Trestle Table
Located in Kramfors, SE
Blue folk art trestle table from northern Sweden. The table is made with a drawer and all parts are original to the table. Scraped to the original blue paint the table has charming d...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Painted Folk Art Writing Table
Located in Stamford, CT
Painted Folk Art writing table detailed with flowers and figures throughout. Please note of wear consistent with age including paint loss and finish loss.
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20th Century Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Rustic Tramp Art Notch Carved Secretary Desk
Located in New York, NY
Rustic Tramp Art secretary desk with two drawers, a low back and side gallery, and notch-carved edges and legs.
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20th Century Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Swedish Folk Art Desk from Dalarna
Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Swedish folk art desk from the area of Dalarna, scraped to original paint. This would make a wonderful decorators piece.
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

19th Century Swedish Folk Art Desk with Untouched Originalpaint
Located in Boden, SE
19th century Swedish Folk Art desk with untouched originalpain from Skelleftea Vasterbotten, Northern Sweden. Made between 1840-1850 Decorative Folk Art Desk with two drawers in ve...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Double Drawer Writers Table from Hälsingland, Sweden
Located in Kramfors, SE
Double drawer writers table from the village of Alfta in Hälsingland in northern Sweden. The desk is made from Swedish pine and is in untouched original condition. The paint is origi...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

19th Century Masonic Table W Leather Flip Lid Compass Legs
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Rare and fabulous 19th century faux book with compass legs as legs. Mustard paint on the legs with Gilt on the pages of the leather bound book. Looks to be original tassle.. Possibly...
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1860s American Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Leather, Hardwood, Paint

Mid-19th Century Swedish Work or Dining Table
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish work or dining table from the mid-1800s. The table is in untouched original condition with a bare wood, never painted tabletop. The leg frame is painted with the original blu...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Burl Top Ash Table
Located in Greenwich, CT
Very desirable early to mid-19th century ash table, the top comprising two bookmatched planks of highly figured burl ash, having double thickness carved rope twist applied edge, the ...
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1830s European Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Ash

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Mid-19th Century Swedish Work or Dining Table
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish work or dining table from the mid-1800s. The table is in untouched original condition with a bare wood, never painted tabletop. The leg frame is painted with the original blu...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Work or Dining Table
  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Work or Dining Table
  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Work or Dining Table
  • Mid-19th Century Swedish Work or Dining Table
H 30.32 in. W 76.78 in. D 33.08 in.
Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Side Table
Located in Kramfors, SE
Provincial rococo table from the late 18th century. The table can be used as either a side table or a window table or wherever it fits best. Manufactured in northern Sweden. The lock...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Side Table
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Side Table
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Side Table
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Side Table
H 25.6 in. W 35.04 in. D 20.87 in.
Late 18th Century Swedish Provincial Gustavian Table
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish gustavian table from the turn of the century 1800 to 1900. The table is provincial gustavian with untouched original paint. The whole table is in untouched original condition...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • Late 18th Century Swedish Provincial Gustavian Table
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Provincial Gustavian Table
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Provincial Gustavian Table
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Provincial Gustavian Table
H 28.75 in. W 40.56 in. D 29.53 in.
Late 18th Century Swedish Pine and Iron Travel Box
Located in Kramfors, SE
Swedish 18th century wooden travel box manufactured from pine. The box has decorative as well as functional enforcements in handwrought iron. The condition is original and the great ...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • Late 18th Century Swedish Pine and Iron Travel Box
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Pine and Iron Travel Box
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Pine and Iron Travel Box
  • Late 18th Century Swedish Pine and Iron Travel Box
H 11.03 in. W 22.05 in. D 15.75 in.
Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Drop-Leaf Table
Located in Kramfors, SE
Gustavian drop leaf table of large proportions. The table have drop-leafs on each sides and double gates under each leaf. The hinges are in hand wrought iron and riveted to the table...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Drop-Leaf Table
  • Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Drop-Leaf Table
  • Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Drop-Leaf Table
  • Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Drop-Leaf Table
H 29.93 in. W 70.08 in. D 49.22 in.
Early 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Wall Clock
Located in Kramfors, SE
Folk Art wall clock made during the first half of the 19th century. The clock is in untouched condition and with original paint. The mechanism is the same as it is in classic mora cl...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • Early 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Wall Clock
  • Early 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Wall Clock
  • Early 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Wall Clock
  • Early 19th Century Swedish Folk Art Wall Clock
H 29.93 in. W 17.33 in. D 9.85 in.
Unique 19th Century Wooden Bowl from Northern Sweden
Located in Kramfors, SE
Unique wooden bowl from northern Sweden. The bowl is unusually large and has an organic shape. The surfaces are naturally patinated due to age. The bowl is in original condition and ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

Mid-19th Century Authentic Swedish Wooden Birch Burl Bowl
Located in Kramfors, SE
Mid 1800s Swedish wooden bowl manufactured from birch burl. The bowl has a handle manufactured from the same single piece of wood as the rest of the bowl. It is dated with 1850 and h...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Birch

19th Century Chinese Guardian Lions in Original Condition
Located in Kramfors, SE
Chinese guardian lions in original condition. The lions are made from wood and were handmade sometime during the 19th century in China. The guardian lions are sometimes referred to a...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Teak Set of Danish Nesting Tables by Johannes Andersen Silkesborg
By Johannes Andersen
Located in Kramfors, SE
Set of nesting tables by Johannes Andersen Silkesborg. The three tables are a matching series and are all made from teak. Manufactured in Denmark, circa 1960s. The tables have some m...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Teak

Algot P. Törneman Sofa Table from the Trivia-Series, Nordiska Kompaniet
By Algot P. Torneman
Located in Kramfors, SE
Algot P. Torneman sofa table from the Trivia-series, Nordiska Kompaniet NK in Nyköping Sweden. Signed P Törneman 1963. Frame in solid oak. Enameled tabletop decorated with abstract s...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Oak

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Vintage Thai School Desk with Painted Desktop, North Thailand, Mid-20th Century
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage Thai school desk with painted desktop, North Thailand, mid-20th century. If there are any doubts about the universality of human experience this desktop should lay those to ...
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1950s Thai Vintage Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Paint

Folk Art Root Table
Located in Houston, TX
Folk Art root table featuring serpent motif. Rare form with bottom shelf, original untouched finish and nice shaped backsplash. Desk top height is 29 inches.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Folk Art Root Table
  • Folk Art Root Table
  • Folk Art Root Table
  • Folk Art Root Table
H 34 in. W 24 in. D 15.25 in.
Folk Art Marquetry Desk
Located in Aurora, OR
Testing the limits of the term “Folk Art”, this unassuming Arts and Crafts styled oak desk has a top that is a work of art; exhibiting some of the loveliest wood marquetry work we ha...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

  • Folk Art Marquetry Desk
  • Folk Art Marquetry Desk
  • Folk Art Marquetry Desk
  • Folk Art Marquetry Desk
H 30.5 in. W 29 in. D 58 in.
Small Asian Red And Yellow Painted Folk Art Desk-Top Writing Desk
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Small Asian red and yellow painted folk art desk-top writing desk The desk top is collapsable, please see detailed images listed.
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1960s Southeast Asian Vintage Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Gustavian Swedish Table with Drawer with Original Blue Paint, circa 1790
Located in New York, NY
Swedish Gustavian Allmoge table with center drawer, origin: Sweden, circa 1790, original blue / green paint and black top. Pure form on elegantly tapered legs. Wonderful writing tabl...
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18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Softwood, Paint

Table Desk Swedish, 19th Century, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Table desk Swedish, 19th century, Sweden. A table or desk made in Sweden during the 19th century in wood. Beautiful patina.
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Clock Cabinet with Writers Flap from Northern Sweden
Located in Kramfors, SE
Clock cabinet with writers flap manufactured around the year 1800. The cabinet is scraped to original paint. It is also possible to disassemble the cabinet, see pictures. The bottom...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • Clock Cabinet with Writers Flap from Northern Sweden
  • Clock Cabinet with Writers Flap from Northern Sweden
  • Clock Cabinet with Writers Flap from Northern Sweden
  • Clock Cabinet with Writers Flap from Northern Sweden
H 95.28 in. W 40.95 in. D 18.51 in.
19th Century Gustavian Styled Swedish Folk Art Table
Located in Kramfors, SE
Gustavian styled Swedish folk art table. The legs have corner consoles and the surface has been dry scarped to its original paint. Manufactured during the early 19th century. Height ...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

  • 19th Century Gustavian Styled Swedish Folk Art Table
  • 19th Century Gustavian Styled Swedish Folk Art Table
  • 19th Century Gustavian Styled Swedish Folk Art Table
  • 19th Century Gustavian Styled Swedish Folk Art Table
H 29.93 in. W 42.92 in. D 30.71 in.
Desk Swedish 19th Century Black Rustic Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Desk Swedish 19th century black Rustic Sweden. A desk made during the 19th century in Sweden. Painted in our Laserow black. Brass hardware. Height from floor to drawer 22 inches.   
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

  • Desk Swedish 19th Century Black Rustic Sweden
  • Desk Swedish 19th Century Black Rustic Sweden
  • Desk Swedish 19th Century Black Rustic Sweden
  • Desk Swedish 19th Century Black Rustic Sweden
H 27.5 in. W 47 in. D 27.5 in.
Vintage Thai School Desk with Painted Desktop, North Thailand, Mid-20th Century
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage Thai school desk with painted desktop. North Thailand, mid-20th century. If there are any doubts about the universality of human experience this desktop should lay those to r...
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1950s Thai Vintage Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Paint

Early 19th Century Pennsylvania School Masters Desk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 19th century school masters desk from PA in fantastic form and condition. The top part of the desk is dovetailed construction and the base is all wood peg construction and orig...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Maple, Walnut

Wiring Desk Swedish 19th Century Original Paint Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Wiring desk Swedish 19th century original paint, Sweden. A smaller writing desk made during the 19th century in Sweden. It has a light original paint with a lot of the light wood shi...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Desks and Writing Tables

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Pine

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