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Folk Art Wall Decorations

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
19th Century Folk Art English Coat of Arms
Located in London, GB
19th century Folk Art English coat of arms A rare 19th century folk art painted on board coat of arms. With its original painted and decoupage frame depicting a several soldiers ...
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1850s British Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Pine

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 Wall Decorations

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Wicker

Large Port Scene Painting of a View of Valletta Harbour, Malta
Located in Downingtown, PA
Port scene painting of a view of Valletta Harbour, Malta, Oil on canvas, Mid-19th century. The massive painting was made from the upper gardens overlooking the west side of the ...
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Mid-19th Century Maltese Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses Book by Bill Doolittle Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses by Bill Doolittle Time-Life Books, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 180 pages. Written by Kentucky native son and sportswriter Bill Doolittle, The...
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20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Marvelously Happy Holiday Scene Painting of Quaint Town
By John Reilly
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A large and wonderfully rendered original painting of Bernardsville NJ at Christmas, having skillful rough impressionistic brushstrokes in the style of plein air work. The painting h...
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Early 2000s North American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Masonite

The Seven Stars Cookbook Recipes from World-Class Casino Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Seven Stars Cookbook: Recipes from World-Class Casino Restaurants. Harrah's Entertainment Presents The Seven Stars Cookbook: Recipes from World-Class Casino Restaurants. John S...
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20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Glazed Oil Painting by Soviet Artist Omar Chkhaidze, d. 1995
Located in Peabody, MA
Luminously glazed oil on canvas board by Omar Chkhaidze of Tbilisi, Georgia, an established and award winning member of the Russian Academy of the Arts. In 2017, The Russian Academ...
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1990s Georgian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

French Ship Diorama with Schooners, Castle and Seaside Landscape
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Intricately handcrafted ship diorama in shadowbox of a schooner with other seacraft, approaching a walled castle. Rich color and patina. It was purchased in Marseille, France. #5829.
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

Bear Banjo Bird Tweeting Pictorial Persian Flat-Weave
Located in New York, NY
Scatter size Persian Kilim from the 20th century with a bear playing with his banjo. Looks like a small bird is tweeting while he's playing! Tweet Tweet! How Sweet? This was origina...
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20th Century Persian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wool

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 Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Pop Edited by Mark Francis, with a Survey by Hal Foster Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Pop Edited by Mark Francis, with a survey by Hal Foster hardcover book. From the late 1950s to the late 1960s the word 'Pop'described any example of art, film, photography and archi...
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20th Century North American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Mid-19th Century Fork Art Oil Painting of a Danish or Swedish Farm
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-19th Century Fork Art painting of a farm, from Southern Sweden (Skåne) or Denmark.
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Late 19th Century Scandinavian Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Pair of Vera Alabaster 'Russian' Original Folk Art Oil Paintings on Canvas
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This pair of oil paintings on canvas are done by the well known portrait and landscape Russian artist, Vera Alabaster in circa 1940 in a Folk Art style. The paintings depict a Jamaic...
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Early 20th Century Russian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas

1915 ‘Carter the Great’ Banner by Otis Lithograph, Cleveland
Located in Surrey, BC
A large and early Folk Art paper banner (on linen backing) promoting famous American magician, Charles Joseph Carter (1874-1936), known as 'Carter the Great'. Untouched and unmounted...
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1910s American Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Linen, Paper

Itchiku Tsujigahana: Homage to Nature, Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Itchiku Tsujigahana: Homage to Nature, Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota. Itchiku Kubota was a Japanese textile artist. He was most famous for reviving and in part reinventing an ...
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20th Century Japanese Folk Art Wall Decorations

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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 Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Antique Folk Art Carved Native American Chief Head Advertising Sign
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Antique Folk Art Carved Native American Chief Head Advertising Sign. Folk Art Indian Tobacco / Trade Sign. American, ca 1900´s, painted carved wood with metal hook. A folk art tobac...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

Welsh River Landscape with Fly Fisherman, by S. Thompson, 19th Century
Located in Nantucket, MA
Antique Welsh River landscape with Fly Fisherman, by S. Thompson, 19th century, entitled "View Near Stamdrinidad sic South Wales," an English School folk art oil on canvas angling sc...
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Late 19th Century Welsh Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas

'La Hacedora De Peces' by Postwar & Contemporary Venezuelan Artist Ender Cepeda
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
This painting entitled "La Hacedora De Peces" (The Fish Maker) was hand-painted using oil paint on canvas by Venezuelan Artist Ender Cepeda. Cepeda is a postwar & contemporary painte...
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Late 20th Century Venezuelan Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas, Paint

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 Wall Decorations

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Metal

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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

The Forties As Reported By The New York Times
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Forties: As Reported By The New York Times By Keylin, Arleen; Cohen, Jonathan. Title The Forties: As Reported by the New York Times Author Keylin, Arleen; Cohen, Jonathan Format/...
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20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Large Carved Black and Gold-Painted Sunburst
Located in New York, NY
Exuberantly carved sunburst mounted on a black roundel. Provenance: From the Collection of Mario Buatta, New York, NY.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

The Spirit of New England Hardcover 1991 by Paul Nolan
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Spirit of New England Hardcover – June 9, 1991 by Paul Nolan. Harris, Bill., Portland House, 1991, 1st U.S. Edition 1st Printing, cloth with gilt spine titles, 160 pp, colo...
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20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

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 Wall Decorations

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Brass, Tin

Late Naive English School "Bull Broke Loose" Bull Baiting Oil on Canvas
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A late 18th century oil on canvas depicting a bull baiting scene In England during the time of Queen Anne, bull-baiting was practised in London at Hockley-in-the-Hole, twice a we...
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Late 18th Century English Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas, Maple

English Folk Art Oil on Canvas Painting a Chemist in Mayfair, circa 1950
Located in London, GB
A chemist in Mayfair, circa 1950 We are proud to offer a mid-20th century oil on canvas painting, depicting a Mayfair (London) Pharmacy called Goulds. This pharmacy still exists in ...
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1950s British Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Finnish Polychrome Carved Wood Relief
By A. Tamme
Located in Chicago, IL
Set against a rosewood background, this carved and painted wood relief depicts a horn blower enchanting birds on a sunny summer day. Signed A. Tamme.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

Modernist Cubist Jazz Trio Painting,, oil on board,, signed Efstein
By Efstein
Located in Buffalo, NY
Nice Stylized oil painting. depicting Modern Jazz Trio. Cubist influenced,, Great color..
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

Abstract Penguin Pictorial Persian Flat-Weave
Located in New York, NY
Square scatter size Persian Kilim from the 20th century with a stand alone penquin on a khaki ground. This was originally belonging to a private Persian collector who requested to ma...
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20th Century Persian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wool

Anselm Kiefer Collectible Art Book
By Anselm Kiefer
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Title: Anselm Kiefer (Venezia Contemporaneo) Publisher: Brand: Charta Publication Date: 1997 Binding: Soft cover An excellent overview of Anselm Kiefer_s long career. Over the pa...
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20th Century Italian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

Palm Tree Painting on Canvas with Seashell Frame
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Charming palm tree painting on canvas with a mixed media approach using oil, gouache, and watercolor. Featuring a three-dimensional folky sea shell and sea life encrusted frame. Si...
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20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

Folk Art Carved and Painted Display Shelf
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand painted and carved small oak shelf (circa 19th Century, USA) with a single surface to accommodate smaller objects. Only one side features a drawn linear design, as shown. Intere...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Oak

Set of Four Carved Wooden Pictures Four Seasons
Located in Barntrup, DE
An adorable set of four wooden pictures depicting scenes of cute children in Four Seasons. Masterfully hand carved and hand painted. South-Tyrol, 1980s. Dimensions (one picture): he...
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1980s Austrian Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

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 Wall Decorations

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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 Wall Decorations

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Wool

W.P.A. Style Painting, Science, Politics Industry 1940s-1950s, Oil on Board
By WPA
Located in Buffalo, NY
Amazing W.P.A. style painting, trip-tic depicting science, politics industry, worker's, 1940s-1950s. Oil on board, measuring: 52" x 32". Attention to details. Unfortunately not signe...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood, Paint

Fantastic Highly Detailed Large Painting by Julian Rockmore
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Incredibly detailed whimsical large canvas of a circus coming to an old American town, by artist Jullian Rockmore, signed lower left. Rockmore came from a family of artists and his w...
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1980s North American Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Yoruba Horseback Ilekun Door Panel
Located in Chicago, IL
This decorative wooden panel was carved in high relief by a Yoruba artisan as an entry door to a prestigious home or palace. Known as ilekun, such doors are typically created by mast...
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Mid-20th Century Nigerian Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Wood

Vintage Reverse Glass Mythical Seascape Painting from Madura Island, Indonesia
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
A framed reverse glass painting from the island of Madura, off the Northeastern coast of Java. The painting depicts a mythical seascape with a bright array of colours. The painter wo...
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1980s Indonesian Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood

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 Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Rare Antique Childs Small Baseball Glove Display
Located in Norwalk, CT
A collection of 9 rare antique small children's baseball gloves each measuring approximately 6.5" tall. Each glove is mounted on a custom-made steel stand. All nine gloves are housed...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Leather, Plastic

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 Wall Decorations

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Wool

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 Wall Decorations

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Zinc

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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

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 Wall Decorations

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Paint

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 Wall Decorations

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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 Wall Decorations

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Wool

"A Sleigh Ride in New England" American School Painting
Located in Wiscasset, ME
19th Century American School folk art oil on tin painting featuring a sleigh ride through the snowy New England countryside. In the style of George Henry Durrie.
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paint

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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

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 Wall Decorations

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Wool

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 Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

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 Wall Decorations

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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 Wall Decorations

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Paper, Glass, Wood

Naive Revese Glass Painting of St. Luke. English, circa 1840
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful naive painting of St. Luke. Artist unknown Revese glass painted Original slightly distressed antique frame. Rather crude old re-paint to the button area of the blue gar...
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1840s English Antique Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Glass

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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

Royal Gardens Roy Strong 1992 Book 1st Edition
Located in North Hollywood, CA
With glorious color photographs, paintings, prints, and original designs, noted historian and author Sir Roy Strong presents Britain's royal gardens of today and yesterday--magnifice...
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20th Century American Folk Art Wall Decorations

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Paper

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