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Carnival Clown Shooting Gallery Target
By Macglashan Air Gun Co.
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Sheet iron carnival shooting gallery target in the shape of a clowns head. Not marked, but thought to have been made by the Macglashan Air Gun company in California. Target still has...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Iron

  • Carnival Clown Shooting Gallery Target
  • Carnival Clown Shooting Gallery Target
  • Carnival Clown Shooting Gallery Target
  • Carnival Clown Shooting Gallery Target
H 14 in. W 12 in. D 12 in.
Mid-Century Era Molded Fiberglass Carnival Clown Head or Midway Game Component
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This whimsical clown head is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Canada in approximately 1965 in the period Mid-Century carnival style. The head is composed of a molded fiber...
Category

Mid-20th Century Canadian Mid-Century Modern Carnival Art

Materials

Fiberglass

Early 20th Century Leather Clown Shoes Popeio Carnival Fairground Circus
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A pair of leather clown shoes of unusual proportions, early 20th century in age. By repute from the clown known as Popeio, who worked with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey C...
Category

Early 20th Century Belgian Edwardian Carnival Art

Materials

Leather

Amazing Clown Shoes
Located in London, GB
The amazing clown shoes Every now and again an item comes along that blows us away, the creativity, reasoning, outrageousness, uniqueness, and most important craftsmanship. These ea...
Category

Vintage 1930s British Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Leather

  • Amazing Clown Shoes
  • Amazing Clown Shoes
  • Amazing Clown Shoes
  • Amazing Clown Shoes
H 7.5 in. W 17 in. D 8 in.
Hand Made Clowns Unicycle
Located in Peekskill, NY
This is a well used clown unicycle and a wonderful piece of folk art. It as quite small and took some skill to ride. Because of the small size is make a perfect table top display. I...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Steel

  • Hand Made Clowns Unicycle
  • Hand Made Clowns Unicycle
  • Hand Made Clowns Unicycle
  • Hand Made Clowns Unicycle
H 26 in. W 12 in. D 9 in.
Clown Carousel Light, circa 1940s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
A wonderfully expressive painted clown face adorns this staggered carousel light with vibrant original red, yellow and blue park paint.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

  • Clown Carousel Light, circa 1940s
  • Clown Carousel Light, circa 1940s
  • Clown Carousel Light, circa 1940s
  • Clown Carousel Light, circa 1940s
H 35.5 in. W 23 in. D 7 in.
Vintage Circus or Sideshow Hand-Painted Giant Clown Banner, circa 1940s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Vintage one of a kind circus or sideshow hand painted banner with a giant clown balancing a feather on his nose. Original paint on a light canvas sheet. The banner is stamped on the ...
Category

Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Canvas

Unusual Hand Carved Clown Motif Umbrella, Paragon, S. Fox & Co
By S. Fox & Co.
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual Hand Carved Clown Motif Umbrella, Paragon, S. Fox & Co
Category

Vintage 1920s English Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Metal

Vintage Carnival Iron Clown Head
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Large carnival midway game clown head. Made by the Game Time Company in Litchfield, Michigan.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Carnival Art

  • Vintage Carnival Iron Clown Head
  • Vintage Carnival Iron Clown Head
  • Vintage Carnival Iron Clown Head
  • Vintage Carnival Iron Clown Head
H 25 in. W 20 in. D 20 in.
Clown Marquette
Located in London, GB
Item: Articulated Clown Marquette This lot is an early to mid-20th century articulated Marquette in the form of a clown. This item was discovered in Belgium from a private collect...
Category

Vintage 1950s Belgian Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Cotton, Wood

  • Clown Marquette
  • Clown Marquette
  • Clown Marquette
  • Clown Marquette
H 36 in. W 12 in. D 6 in.
c. 1950's Clown Shoes
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An amazing pair of c. 1950's clown shoes with several layers of original white paint and rainbow laces from the 1970's. Found in Florida.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Carnival Art

Materials

Leather

  • c. 1950's Clown Shoes
  • c. 1950's Clown Shoes
  • c. 1950's Clown Shoes
  • c. 1950's Clown Shoes
H 6.5 in. W 15 in. D 9 in.
c. 1900 Clown Shoes
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic early pair of clown shoes in black, white, and burgundy leather.
Category

Early 20th Century American Carnival Art

Materials

Leather

  • c. 1900 Clown Shoes
  • c. 1900 Clown Shoes
  • c. 1900 Clown Shoes
  • c. 1900 Clown Shoes
H 12 in. W 25 in. D 8 in.
Early Original Adult Clown Costume
Located in Peekskill, NY
This full size costume looks quite old and could be 1800s. It has and interesting combination of fabrics, bells and lace. It has one small patch in the back but is in amazing conditi...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century American Primitive Carnival Art

Materials

Fabric

  • Early Original Adult Clown Costume
  • Early Original Adult Clown Costume
  • Early Original Adult Clown Costume
  • Early Original Adult Clown Costume
H 60 in. W 24 in. L 60 in.
Jingles the Clown Prop Box
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This vibrantly painted red box with white stenciled letters once held the props of Jingles the Clown.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

  • Jingles the Clown Prop Box
  • Jingles the Clown Prop Box
  • Jingles the Clown Prop Box
  • Jingles the Clown Prop Box
H 9 in. W 16 in. D 6.5 in.
English Clowns Shoes and Makeup Box
Located in London, GB
The English clowns shoes and makeup box We are proud to offer a rare set of handmade English leather clown shoes accompanied by this handmade wooden make up box. The shoes are extr...
Category

Vintage 1930s British Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Leather

  • English Clowns Shoes and Makeup Box
  • English Clowns Shoes and Makeup Box
  • English Clowns Shoes and Makeup Box
  • English Clowns Shoes and Makeup Box
H 3.5 in. W 6.5 in. L 3.5 in.
Fanciful Curly-Toed American Circus Clown Shoes
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great pair of custom made vintage clown shoes. Green and gold...and despite the curly toes....quite comfortable to wear.
Category

Vintage 1960s Carnival Art

Materials

Leather

Early 20th Century Handmade Leather Clown Shoes
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century handmade clown shoes We are proud to offer a unique and highly collectable original leather handmade clown shoes. A unique shape with lots of character and displa...
Category

Vintage 1930s Belgian Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Leather

Early 20th Century English Handmade Leather Clown Shoes
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century English clown shoes We are proud to offer an original early 20th Century handmade leather clown shoes. Made from handstitched leather soles, adjustable leather bu...
Category

Vintage 1930s English Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Leather

Rare Early 20thC Painted Plaster Laughing Clown Fairground Ball-Toss Game c.1910
Located in Bedford, Bedfordshire
The early fairground or carnival ball game, comprising of a now fragmentary white washed plaster and hessian body with ruffled upper, to cast iron inner piping, to the original paint...
Category

Vintage 1910s English Edwardian Carnival Art

Materials

Iron

"Carnival Clown" by Joe Concra
Located in New York, NY
Large Scale Oil Painting. Rich with texture and light, Carnival Clown is sad and beautiful, and quite powerful in person.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Paintings

Materials

Canvas

Rare Polychrome Terra Cotta Carnival Clown Head
Located in Houston, TX
Monumental Hand Decorated Polychromed Terra Cotta Carnival Clown Bust Mounted on Board.
Category

Early 20th Century Unknown Carnival Art

Materials

Terracotta, Wood

Vintage Circus or Carnival Clown Diamond Red White and Blue Clown Shoes
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic pair of vintage custom carnival or circus clown shoes with red and blue diamond stitched designs.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

Vintage Carnival Midway Clown Head Found In Upstate New York
Located in Santa Monica, CA
American carnival midway clown head found in upstate New York. This was supposed to have come from an amusement park near Delevan, NY. Great large scale wall-hanging. Carny const...
Category

Vintage 1930s American Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Lifesize Circus Clown
Located in San Francisco, CA
Absolutely great old carved wood clown from an amusement arcade. Originally this had a mechanism inside that made the head spin when a ball hit the center disc on his chest.
Category

20th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Paint, Wood

  • Lifesize Circus Clown
  • Lifesize Circus Clown
  • Lifesize Circus Clown
  • Lifesize Circus Clown
H 66 in. W 30 in. D 9 in.
Vintage Clown Bust
Located in Aurora, OR
Based on his beautiful craftsmanship, this jocund fellow was most likely a decorative prop from one of the major circus organizations (Barnum & Bailey, Ringling, etc.) and is definit...
Category

20th Century Other Carnival Art

Materials

Paper

  • Vintage Clown Bust
  • Vintage Clown Bust
  • Vintage Clown Bust
  • Vintage Clown Bust
H 26 in. W 26 in. D 15 in.

Carnival Clown For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal carnival clown for your home. Frequently made of animal skin, leather and wood, every carnival clown was constructed with great care. Find 21 options for an antique or vintage carnival clown now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer carnival clown, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A carnival clown is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Folk Art styles are sought with frequency. Paul Neuman and S. Fox & Co. each produced at least one beautiful carnival clown that is worth considering.

Finding the Right Carnival Art for You

The collection of original antique and vintage carnival art on 1stDibs includes paintings and posters that promoted traveling carnivals and circuses of years past as well as masks, sculptures and other works of folk art associated with widespread public celebrations that mark the start of harvest season or are rooted in religion.

The concept of “Carnival” is linked to an event that precedes Lent, the season of preparation before Easter for Christians (it may also have roots in Ancient Rome’s pagan Saturnalian festival), while the modern traveling carnival that we know — i.e., amusement fairs — existed during the 19th century in North America. The Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 was pivotal to these traveling amusement fairs.

Some of the most famous celebrations of Carnival around the world include Karneval in Germany, Carnival in Brazil and Mardi Gras in the United States. Carnival in Barbados is a traditional harvest festival. The bright colors, the caricatured masks and floats and the over-the-top nature of Carnival continue to enthrall millions across the globe.

Carnivals have always given way to impressive displays of creativity and folk art. Folk art is art created by people who are not classically trained for either utilitarian or decorative purposes. With respect to visual art in folk art, it refers to work that is reflective of a community’s culture and usually handmade by craftspeople working within a popular tradition.

Carnival art reflects the way different cultures celebrate or mark an important community event. Some examples of Carnival art include fabric dolls and marionettes that are used to tell stories and capture your imagination. Antique dolls make for striking collectibles positioned for display on any shelf in your home, while carnival masks make a bold statement as wall art. A collection of masks could create an elevated accent wall in a living room or dining room.

Browse 1stDibs to find unique antique and vintage carnival art for your space today.