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Folk Art Decorative Art

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 Shells, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of shells. 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. Pu...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Large Wicker Bull's Head
Located in Paris, Ile-de-France
Wicker bull's head. This type of wall decoration have been produced (in Esparto or Wicker) in Spain but also in the South of France. circa 1970. Measures: height : 52 cm / 20,47...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Folk Art Decorative Art

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Wicker

L' Art Calligraphique De L'Islam by Khatibi, Abdelkébir Sijelmass Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
L'art calligraphique de l'Islam hardcover art book. Calligraphy Art in Islam, French edition. French Edition by Abdelkebir Khatibi. Large wonderful book about calligraphy in Islam...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Set of 6 of Total 120 Dutch Dark Green Glazed Ceramic Tiles by Le Glaive, 1930
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of Dutch dark green handmade tiles. A beautiful and color. With 6 different stylized designs. We offer 20 tiles from the same design. In total 120 tiles with 6...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Folk Art Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Set of 6 of Total 120 Dutch Dark Green Glazed Ceramic Tiles by Le Glaive, 1930
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing set of Dutch dark green handmade tiles. A beautiful and color. With 6 different stylized designs. We offer 20 tiles from the same design. In total 120 tiles with 6...
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1930s Belgian Vintage Folk Art Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Monumental Dorothy Gillespie Metal Ribbon Wall Sculpture
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning Dorothy Gillespie metal ribbon wall sculpture, wonderful usr of color, texture and space. Photos do not do this piece of art any justice, truly beautiful in person, strong p...
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1980s American Vintage Folk Art Decorative Art

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Metal

1940s Mexican Gene Byron Tin Brass Framed Polychrome Rooster Chicken Art Tile
Located in Dayton, OH
1940’s mid century ceramic hand painted rooster tile by Gene Byron, framed in a tin and brass tooled dish or tray shaped frame. Measures: 6” x 1.5” x 6.25” / Sans Frame - 3.75” x ...
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1940s Vintage Folk Art Decorative Art

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Brass, Tin

Original Antique Print of Butterflies, circa 1850, 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. ...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Christening of the Prince of Wales Woolwork Picture, Dated 1842
Located in Downingtown, PA
English royal woolwork picture, titled E R/ Christening of the/Prince of Wales/Jan 25th 1842 A rare woolwork picture in bands of white, pink, red and green centered with a black ...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Wool

American Sailor's Woolwork of Small Size
Located in Downingtown, PA
Small American Sailor's woolwork, Circa 1865-75 The American Sailor's woolwork or woolie depicts a portside view of a fully rigged ship under full sail. The ship has an unusual g...
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1870s Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Wool

Botanical Animal Early 20th Century Pictorial Persian Kerman Mini Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century Persian Lavar Kerman pictorial rug with a lion, deer and goat covering a scenic forest scenery. The field ivory, the border is a rosy red. The traditional color...
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Early 20th Century Persian Folk Art Decorative Art

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Wool

Original Antique Print of a Zebra, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a zebra. 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 Decorative Art

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Paper

1 of the 20 Pcs Antique Ceramic Tiles with Fish by Onda Spain, circa 1900
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 20 pcs. exceptional antique border wall tiles, white with image of fish (Onda, Spain Valencia). The dimensions per tile are inch 8"(20.2 cm) × 8"inch (20.2 cm) x 0.78 (2 c...
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Early 1900s Spanish Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Original Antique Print of Parrots, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of parrots 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. Pu...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Large Original Wild Mustangs Horses Oil Painting
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large original horse oil painting on canvas. Contemporary oil painting of wild mustangs horses, not framed, canvas stretched on a wood frame.. Signed on the left corner.
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Decorative Art

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Canvas

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 colo...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Sailor's Woolwork of a Fleet, HMS Octavia, HMS Constance & Hms Arethusa 'Large'
Located in Downingtown, PA
Sailor's Woolwork Woolie of a Fleet Passing Two Forts, HMS Octavia, HMS Constance, HMS Arethusa on a Power Trip, Circa 1865 The large sailor's wool depicts three named Royal Nav...
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1860s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Wool

British Sailor's Woolwork, the Sailor's Farewell
Located in Downingtown, PA
British sailor's woolwork of The Sailor's Farewell, Circa 1865. This is a particularly lovely example of this rare sailor's woolie subject. The Sailor’s Farewell and the Sailor's...
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1870s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Wool

Roses Oil Painting, Still Life with Flowers, 1950
Located in Albignasego, IT
France, 1950 Measures: 50 cm x 35 cm (frame excluded) 19.7 in x 13.8 in (frame excluded) oil on board Painting depicting a glass vase containing pink roses Antique fir frame.
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1950s French Vintage Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paint

Large Marquetry Scenic Forest Wall Panel
Located in Denton, TX
Antique forested design of marquetry with people foraging in an ancient forest. A variety of woods were used to give this depiction a lot of depth.
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20th Century Folk Art Decorative Art

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Wood, Hardwood, Kingwood, Nutwood, Oak, Pearwood, Satinwood, Tulipwood, ...

Set of 5 Original Antique Prints of Game Birds, 1830s
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great set of game birds. Partridge, Quails, Ptarmigan and Grouse. Lithographs after the drawings by A. Rider, A. Wilson and Cpt. Brown. Original color. Unframed One of ...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Print of Fish, 1847 Unframed
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of fish. 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. Publ...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

British Sailor's Woolwork of Three Royal Navy Ships, Circa 1885
Located in Downingtown, PA
British sailor's woolwork of three royal navy ships Circa 1885 The British sailor woolwork depicts an unusual scene of three different types of Royal Navy Ships which are all fly...
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1880s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Wool

Original Antique Bird Print, the Turtle Dove, circa 1870
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a turtle dove Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph with original hand color. Published, ci...
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1870s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Rustic Figures in a Farmyard, in the Manner of Jack Kampmann, C.1950.
By Jack Kampmann
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Charming painting of 2 female farm labourers Unsigned. In the style of Jack Kampmann Oil on board. Possibly Faroe Islands Presented in an antique white painted frame The measure...
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1950s Faeroese Vintage Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paint

Large Original Antique Natural History Print, Elephants, circa 1835
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of an Indian and an African elephant Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Cpt. Brown with ...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

1 of the 410 Handmade Antique Ceramic Tiles by Devres, France, 1910s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is an amazing and unique set of 410 antique French handmade ceramic tiles. Manufactured by Devres, circa 1910s. Stylized design. Notice that each pattern consists of 4 separate ...
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1910s French Vintage Folk Art Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Original Antique Bird Print, the Garden Warbler, circa 1870
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a garden warbler Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph with original hand color. Published,...
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1870s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Bird Print, the Blackcap, circa 1870
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a blackcap Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph with original hand color. Published, circa...
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1870s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

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 ...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Antique Hat Maker Trade Sign, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
XXL Antique hat maker's trade sign, made in France circa 1900 - 1920. This large sign was used as advertising on the storefront. A large facade sign - advertising sign in front o...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Decorative Art

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Zinc

Persian Gabbeh Souf Rug
Located in New York, NY
A late-20th century Gabbeh rug with a checkered colorful border surrounded by a stand-alone tree on a camel ground woven with a souf technique Measures: 2'6'' x 3'11'' Souf rugs ar...
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20th Century Persian Folk Art Decorative Art

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Wool

1 of the 350 Handmade Antique Ceramic Tiles by Devres, France, 1920s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is a large set of 350 antique French handmade ceramic tiles. Manufactured by Devres, circa 1920s. Colorful pattern in yellow, red and green. These tiles would be charming displa...
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1920s French Vintage Folk Art Decorative Art

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Ceramic

Original Antique Print of an Owl, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of an owl 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 Decorative Art

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Paper

Set of Six Vintage Swedish Herbaria
Located in Houston, TX
Set of six vintage Swedish herbaria, newly framed in unfinished maple (circa 1930-1950). Each float-mounted herbarium (botanical) measures unframed: 15.75 inches high x 9.5 inches wi...
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1930s Vintage Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper, Glass, Wood

Large Original Antique Natural History Print, American Bison, circa 1835
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of an American bison and Indian ox. Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Cpt. Brown and Ma...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Large Original Antique Natural History Print, American Bison, circa 1835
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of an American bison etc. Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after Cpt. Brown with original ha...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Bird Print, the Nightingale, circa 1870
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a nightingale Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph with original hand color. Published, ci...
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1870s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

British Sailor's Large Woolwork of a Royal Navy Ship Under Full Sail, circa 1875
Located in Downingtown, PA
British Sailor's large woolwork of a royal navy ship under full sail, circa 1875 (Ref: 9503-irim) The sailor's woolie or woolwork depicts a starboard side view of a three-masted...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Wool

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 colo...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Print of a Racehorse, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a racehorse. Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after George Stubbs with original hand colo...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Print of Shells, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of shells. 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. Pu...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Bird Print, the Alpine Accentor, circa 1870
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of an Alpine Accentor Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph with original hand color. Publish...
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1870s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Print of Woodpeckers, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of woodpeckers. 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. ...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Bird Print, the Melodious Willow Warbler, circa 1870
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a melodious willow warbler Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph with original hand color. ...
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1870s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Set of 12 Original Antique Sporting Prints. Dated 1801
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great set of 12 sporting prints Copper-plate engravings after the original drawings mainly by Gilpin Published by Bunney & Gold, London Unframed The measurement give bel...
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Early 1800s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Print of a Hummingbird, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a hummingbird 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 col...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Print of Horsefields, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of Horsefields 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. ...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Print of A Grey Horse, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of a grey horse Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph after George Stubbs with original hand colo...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Large Original Antique Natural History Print, Pigs / Hogs, circa 1835
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of pigs or hogs. Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithograph with original hand color. Published cir...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Print of Crossbills, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of crossbills 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. ...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Large Original Antique Natural History Print, Ostriches, circa 1835
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of ostriches 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. ...
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1830s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Cover of Mexican Comic "Sensacional De Maestros"
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this amazing original cover painted in gouache in excellent vintage conditions, circa 1990 issue 226 "Pecho a Pechito llegaré a hojalatear tu corazón". About the Sensacio...
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1990s Mexican Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Print of Swans, 1847, 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of swans. 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 Decorative Art

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Paper

Set of 6 Original Antique Reptile Prints, Tallis, circa 1850
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great images of reptiles Unframed. It gives you the option of perhaps making a set up using your own choice of frames. Lithographs with original color. Published by Tallis c...
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1850s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

Original Antique Print of Baboons, 1847 'Unframed'
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great image of baboons 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. Pu...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

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

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Paper

Vintage Thai Temple Charcoal Rubbing on Rice Paper
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Thai Temple charcoal rubbing. Hand crafted temple scenes at the Wat Pho temple located in Phra Nakhon district in Bangkok Thailand depicting the Thai literary story of Ramaki...
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Mid-20th Century Thai Folk Art Decorative Art

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Paper

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