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Vintage Late 19th Century Canvas Circus Carnival Midway Folk Art Sideshow Banner
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Very early American circus or carnival Sideshow Banner, circa 1890-1900. Fantastic paint detail. Great example of American folk art banner painting. The Great American African Camel ...
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Antique Early 1900s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Canvas

19th Century American Traveling Circus Carousel or Circus Wagon Carvings
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Pair of American 19th century circus wagon or traveling carousel three-dimensional wood carved faces. From an early American traveling circus. Many layers of paint and patina. Each i...
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

1950s "Prince Buddah" Circus Sideshow Banner
Located in Chicago, IL
1950s "Prince Buddah" circus sideshow banner.
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Iron

  • 1950s "Prince Buddah" Circus Sideshow Banner
  • 1950s "Prince Buddah" Circus Sideshow Banner
  • 1950s "Prince Buddah" Circus Sideshow Banner
  • 1950s "Prince Buddah" Circus Sideshow Banner
H 82.25 in. W 112.5 in. D 1 in.
Wonderful Old French Pull Along Circus Elephant
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A wonderful Old French pull along circus elephant Our charming fellow has a a very worn felt coat/saddle and a matching head dress, he sits on red tin wheels , he has a delightfu...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Toys

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Tin

American Sideshow Wondercade Circus Banner Signed J. Sigler
By Sigler Studios
Located in Santa Monica, CA
A personal favorite! 15 1/2 feet tall. American "Wondercade" sideshow banner. Painted and signed by J. Sigler. One of the great American sideshow banner artists. Death defying! This ...
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Canvas

Bouglione Circus Bike
Located in Paris, FR
Bike Bouglione Circus, all in polished stainless steel and perfectly works. Original unique piece.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Carnival Art

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Stainless Steel

  • Bouglione Circus Bike
  • Bouglione Circus Bike
  • Bouglione Circus Bike
  • Bouglione Circus Bike
H 27.96 in. W 25.2 in. D 13.39 in.
Wooden Circus Elements
Located in Culver City, CA
Large primitive wooden blocks with beautiful patina and original paint.
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Mid-20th Century French Carnival Art

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Wood

  • Wooden Circus Elements
  • Wooden Circus Elements
  • Wooden Circus Elements
  • Wooden Circus Elements
H 67 in. W 12 in. D 8 in.
Vintage Circus Stand, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage circus stand. This stand was used in the circus to do acts with animals like lions, tigers or other animals. It's made of iron with wooden top and dates circa 1950s. Wo...
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Mid-20th Century European Industrial Carnival Art

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Iron

  • Vintage Circus Stand, 1950s
  • Vintage Circus Stand, 1950s
  • Vintage Circus Stand, 1950s
  • Vintage Circus Stand, 1950s
H 35.44 in. W 31.5 in. D 31.5 in.
19th Century Tiller & Clowes Marionette Donkey Puppets Circus Fairground
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A wonderful piece of English Folk Art. A hand carved and painting Tiller & Clowes donkey marionette circa 1880 in age. The piece would of been used in a large travelling show perform...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Folk Art Carnival Art

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Pine, String

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 ...
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Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Canvas

19th Century Tiller & Clowes Marionette Trick Skeleton Puppets Circus Fairground
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A wonderful piece of English Folk Art. A hand carved Tiller & Clowes trick skeleton marionette circa 1880 in age. The piece would of been used in a large travelling show performed by...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Folk Art Carnival Art

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String, Pine

Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Ringling
Located in Aurora, OR
These vintage circus flags come from the days of the Ringling, Barnum and Bailey Big Top Circus, when traveling tents were still transported and raised at hundreds of locations acros...
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Mid-20th Century Carnival Art

  • Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Ringling
  • Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Ringling
  • Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Ringling
  • Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Ringling
H 62.5 in. W 91 in. D 0.25 in.
Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Bailey
Located in Aurora, OR
These vintage circus flags come from the days of the Ringling, Barnum, and Bailey Big Top Circus, when traveling tents were still transported and raised at hundreds of locations acro...
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Mid-20th Century Carnival Art

  • Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Bailey
  • Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Bailey
  • Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Bailey
  • Vintage Circus Tent Flag, Bailey
H 62.5 in. W 78 in. D 0.25 in.
Early 20th Century Circus Banner
Located in Brecht, BE
For magician and circus lovers. This early 20th century circus banner. Hand painted on canvas.
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Early 20th Century British Carnival Art

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Linen

  • Early 20th Century Circus Banner
  • Early 20th Century Circus Banner
  • Early 20th Century Circus Banner
  • Early 20th Century Circus Banner
H 33.47 in. W 72.84 in. D 0.4 in.
19th Century English Circus Flagpole
Located in London, GB
19th century circus flagpole We are proud to offer an original 19th century hand carved circus flagpole. Made from pine and hand painted with red, blue, and white painted surface. W...
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Antique 1890s British Victorian Carnival Art

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Pine, Paint

  • 19th Century English Circus Flagpole
  • 19th Century English Circus Flagpole
  • 19th Century English Circus Flagpole
  • 19th Century English Circus Flagpole
H 39 in. W 3.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Original Vintage Toy, Wind Up Circus Performer, 1930s
Located in Roma, IT
This Wind up Circus Performer is an original vintage toy. Vintage wind up mechanical toy representing a circus performer. Made in tin by the Italian company Lima. Model n. 1302...
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Early 20th Century French Toys

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Metal

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...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Edwardian Carnival Art

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Leather

Al G. Barnes Animal Show Circus Original Poster Framed, United States, 1895
Located in Madrid, ES
Original framed poster of famous Al G. Barnes Circus "Animal show circus".
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Antique 1890s American Modern Posters

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Paper

Vintage Toy, Wind up Elephant and Zebra Circus, Made in Germany, 1940s
Located in Roma, IT
This wind up elephant and zebra circus is an original vintage toy. Vintage wind up mechanical toy, representing an elephant driving a chariot dragged by a zebra. The toy was ma...
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Mid-20th Century German Toys

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Metal

Mexican Folk Art "Two Horses" Circus Scene
By Jose Maria de Servin
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Genre: Modern Subject: Other Medium: Oil Surface: Canvas Country: Mexico Dimensions w/Frame: 19" x 25" For this piece, Jose Maria de Servin painted an abstracted animal on rough wov...
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20th Century Folk Art Animal Paintings

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Burlap, Oil

Folk Art Mexican Girl, Circus Clown Juggler
By Jose Maria de Servin
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
The sweetness that characterizes the work of Mexican painter Jose Maria de Servin (1917-83) is a melancholy and placid one. While he worked in the most modern of styles, he adapted i...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Figurative Paintings

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Burlap, Oil

High Wire, bright color oil painting circus theme, vertical composition
By Stephen Basso
Located in Brooklyn, NY
*ABOUT Stephen Basso Stephen Basso's highly original pastels and oil paintings are romantic, yet thought provoking fantasies. His whimsical works are alive with boundless imagina...
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Early 2000s Folk Art Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Circus Performers," Brilliant Example of Surrealist Folk Art in Inlaid Wood
By Renato Maggiora
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brilliantly designed and executed, this example of wood inlay Folk Art, by Renato Maggiora in 1953, depicts a pair of circus acrobats at the centre, highly stylized and showing the i...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall-mounted Sculptures

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Wood

Pair of Lion Oil Paintings on Board, Perhaps Circus Decor
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Pair of antique oil on board oval panels portraying folky whimsical lion heads. These panels are architectural remnants possible from a circus car.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

Fred Johnson-O Henry Tent & Awning Circus Banner "Natures Living Tripod"
By O. Henry Tent and Awning Co.
Located in New York, NY
American painted side show circus banner of a man photographing a three legged sheep titled "Natures Living Tripod" (att: Fred Johnson-O Henry Tent & Awning, Chicago).  
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Drawings

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Fabric

Fred Johnson-O Henry Tent and Awning, Chicago Side Show Circus Banner "Sealo"
By O. Henry Tent and Awning Co.
Located in New York, NY
American painted side show circus banner of a man in the form of a seal titled "Sealo" (signed: Fred Johnson-O Henry Tent & Awning, Chicago).  
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

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Fabric

Primitive Wood American Folk Art Carvings from Circus Wagon
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Hand-carved Primitive wood carvings that once adorned a circus wagon dating to the mid-19th century. Original paint remains. Dovetail and wood pin construction. These were once part ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Wood

Primitive Wood American Folk Art Lion Carving from Circus Wagon
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Primitive Wood American Folk Art Lion Carving from Circus Wagon Free Shipping within the United States and Canada. Hand carved primitive wood lion carving that once adorned a c...
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

A Vintage Large Wrestlers Canvas from a Circus Sideshow
Located in Ferndale, MI
A Wonderful large 1950s painted canvas banner from an all-star wrestlers circus show. Front has Leger inspired form of 2 men, and back (blue background) has off-center wrestlers as w...
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Vintage 1950s American More Folk Art

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Canvas

Vintage Circus Rings on Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sold individually, these vintage circus hoops sit handsomely on custom metal stands. *Note*: White circus ring is no longer available.
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Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Carnival Art

Flea Circus Canvas Banner, circa 1950s
Located in Gloucester, GB
Flea circus canvas banner, circa 1950s - Hand painted on heavy canvas - English, 1950s - Measures: 212 cm wide x 85 cm tall Condition report Some age marks and loose threa...
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Vintage 1950s English Folk Art Carnival Art

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Canvas

  • Flea Circus Canvas Banner, circa 1950s
  • Flea Circus Canvas Banner, circa 1950s
  • Flea Circus Canvas Banner, circa 1950s
  • Flea Circus Canvas Banner, circa 1950s
H 33.47 in. W 83.47 in. D 0.4 in.
Genuine Circus Elephant Training Foot Stool
Located in London, GB
We are proud to offer a genuine early 20th century English circus elephant balancing stool. This item would have been used to train entertaining elephants to balance one leg on a pla...
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Vintage 1930s British Folk Art Carnival Art

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Wood

Giant "Wild Animal Circus" Original Circus Poster Letterpress
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Graphic wood carved circus poster letterpress. Carved by the Neal Walters Poster Company in Arkansas for the Clyde Beatty gigantic railroad circus. Clyde Beatty was the first circu...
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Vintage 1940s American Carnival Art

"Fairyland Circus" Letterpress
Located in Santa Monica, CA
"Fairyland Circus" wood carved poster letterpress by the Neal Walters Poster Company in Arkansas. The red is from ink used during the printing process. Presented in custom floater fr...
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Vintage 1950s American Carnival Art

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Wood

Circus Wagon Figure
Located in Culver City, CA
Mysterious circus wagon figure by Samuel A. Robb for Barnum & Bailey Circus
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Antique 19th Century Carnival Art

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Wood

  • Circus Wagon Figure
  • Circus Wagon Figure
  • Circus Wagon Figure
  • Circus Wagon Figure
H 54 in. W 14.5 in. D 10 in.
Monumental 1940s Americana Painted Circus Banner by O. Henry Tent & Awning
By O. Henry Tent and Awning Co., Fred G. Johnson
Located in New York, NY
Thirty foot-long American painted side show circus banner depicting a colorful array of different circus performers. The banner is signed by Fred Johnson-O Henry Tent & Awning, Chicago.
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Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Canvas

Horse Drawn Circus Clown in Cart, American, circa 1902
By Gong Bell Mfg. Co.
Located in Incline Village, NV
Whimsical cast iron horse drawn articulated toy that depicts a clown who, when rolled across a flat surface, fans himself by waving his right arm back and forth. It was manufactured ...
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Antique Early 1900s American Folk Art Toys

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Iron

Colossal Circus Wagon Wheel
Located in Santa Monica, CA
A great piece of circus history. Original wheel from a late 19th century circus wagon. A great piece of sculpture or would make a fantastic base for a table. Very heavy wood surro...
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Antique 19th Century American Carnival Art

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Iron

  • Colossal Circus Wagon Wheel
  • Colossal Circus Wagon Wheel
  • Colossal Circus Wagon Wheel
  • Colossal Circus Wagon Wheel
H 44 in. W 44 in. D 16 in.
Circus Act Weathervane Fragment
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Wonderful cartoon-like sheet iron weathervane fragment.
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20th Century American Weathervanes

Materials

Sheet Metal, Iron

  • Circus Act Weathervane Fragment
  • Circus Act Weathervane Fragment
  • Circus Act Weathervane Fragment
  • Circus Act Weathervane Fragment
H 24.5 in. W 37.5 in. D 2 in.
1930s American Painted Circus Canvas Carnival Strange Girls Freakshow Sideshow
Located in Haarlem, NL
Antique American hand painted circus carnival canvas or banner to announce a sideshow with "Strange Girls". This banner with its mysterious announcement makes you use your imagina...
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Early 20th Century Central American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Leather, Canvas

Early 20th Century Hand Carved Wooden Carnival/Circus Mermaid/Ship Figurehead
Located in Surrey, BC
Intriguing wooden Folk Art from a carnival or circus, representing a ship figurehead/mermaid. Hand carved in the early 20th century, it has its original, age-cracked surface paint. N...
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Vintage 1910s Canadian Folk Art Carnival Art

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Wood

Mermaid Circus
Located in Downingtown, PA
Signed lower right R. Cahoon. Mermaid Circus shows a man and mermaid standing on the back of a horse which is jumping over a large ball placed on a podium. They are flanked by tw...
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Vintage 1970s American Nautical Objects

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Masonite

  • Mermaid Circus
  • Mermaid Circus
  • Mermaid Circus
  • Mermaid Circus
H 24 in. W 34 in.
Original Seils-Sterling Circus Poster
Located in Peekskill, NY
This is a bright and beautiful poster depicting the trapeze artist Thressa Morales. The poster has great graphics showing how she would complete a somersault through space. Also just...
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Vintage 1930s American Carnival Art

"Bengal Tiger" Circus Banner, circa 1940s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare side show banner from 1940s circus - large scale "Bengal Tiger" Hand painted oil on heavy canvas with original wooden stretcher and Signed by artist Fantastic patina.  
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Vintage 1940s American Carnival Art

Materials

Canvas

CIRCUS HORSE FEATHER DECORATION, circa 1880s
Located in Essex, MA
A 19th century cherry red feather parade or circus feather decoration for a horse, c. 1880s, on its original flattened iron rod, mounted on an old wood foundry pattern mold.
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Antique 19th Century American Carnival Art

Materials

Iron

"Jungle Killers" Circus Banner, circa 1940s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gigantic Side Show Banner from 1940s Circus - "Jungle Killers" Hand painted oil on heavy canvas with original wooden stretcher with signature from artist. Wonderful patina Mea...
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Vintage 1940s American Carnival Art

Materials

Canvas

Carnival Or Circus Glass Eyed Tiger Head
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This paper mache tiger head from the 1920's features glass eyes and a fantastic vibrant original paint surface. Presented on original black painted wood shield mount. Likely a circus...
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Early 20th Century American Carnival Art

Materials

Papier Mâché, Paper

  • Carnival Or Circus Glass Eyed Tiger Head
  • Carnival Or Circus Glass Eyed Tiger Head
  • Carnival Or Circus Glass Eyed Tiger Head
  • Carnival Or Circus Glass Eyed Tiger Head
H 15.5 in. W 12 in. D 16 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.
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Vintage 1960s Carnival Art

Materials

Leather

Pair of Fairground or Circus Entrance Lions
Located in Pease pottage, West Sussex
Magnificent pair of large circus or fairground display lions, handmade and painted thick gauge sheet metal with wrought iron frame and folding Stand so these can be free standing or ...
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Early 20th Century English Carnival Art

  • Pair of Fairground or Circus Entrance Lions
  • Pair of Fairground or Circus Entrance Lions
  • Pair of Fairground or Circus Entrance Lions
  • Pair of Fairground or Circus Entrance Lions
H 38.19 in. W 42.13 in. D 18.9 in.
Gigantic "Rubber Girl" Circus Banner, circa 1940s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gigantic Side Show Banner from 1940s Circus - "The Indian Rubber Girl" Hand painted oil on heavy canvas with original wooden stretcher. Lots of expected wear due to age. "Be...
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Vintage 1940s American Carnival Art

Materials

Canvas

Neal Waters Three Ring Circus Poster Letterpress Set
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Made in the 1930's by the Neal Walters poster company in Arkansas. Carved with incredible detail, please see photos. The colors are from the ink used during the four color poster pri...
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Vintage 1930s American Carnival Art

Original Large Wood Carved Letterpress Circus Tiger Act
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Large hand carved circus tiger act letterpress wood block. Made in the 1930's by the Neal Walters poster company in Arkansas. The black color is from the ink that was used during the...
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Vintage 1930s American Carnival Art

Original Large Wood Carved Letterpress Circus Tiger Act
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Large hand carved circus tiger act letterpress wood block. Made in the 1930's by the Neal Walters poster company in Arkansas. The red color is from the ink that was used during the p...
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Vintage 1930s American Carnival Art

Original Wood Carved Circus Letterpress For Three Color Poster
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great trio of wood carved letterpress for printing a single three color circus poster. Very detailed and three dimensional. Color of each letterpress is original ink. Clyde Beatty...
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Vintage 1940s American Carnival Art

c. 1930's Red White and Blue Wooden Circus Juggling Props
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Set of three red, white, and blue painted wooden batons, most likely used as circus props for juggling.
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Vintage 1930s American Carnival Art

Materials

Wood

Rare "Cheating At Poker" Carnival or Circus Sideshow Banner
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Early 20th century sideshow banner with an extremely unusual subject matter. Painted and signed by E. J. Hayden & Co Inc, Studios, 106-110 Bway, Bklyn, NY.
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Early 20th Century American Carnival Art

Materials

Iron

Rare Early 20th Century Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty German Circus Collection
Located in London, GB
Rare Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty Circus Collection We are proud to offer a wonderful collection of early 20th Century Schoenhut German Humpty Dumpty toy collection, handmade from various...
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Vintage 1910s German Victorian Toys

Materials

Cotton, Faux Fur, Wood

"Sunday at the Circus" Folk/Naive Brightly Colored Landscape, Animals
By Elias Telles
Located in Wellesley, MA
"Sunday at the Circus," Folk/Naive Landscape of Circus Scene, Acrylic on Board with Artist's Painted Wood Frame and Brackets, 17 x 29 Inches, by Self-Taught artist Elias Telles. F...
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2010s Folk Art Animal Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media

Smiling Circus Clown Head, Papier Mâché, 1930s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Smiling papier mâché - Paper Mâché circus clown head, circa 1930s. This large wall decoration, theme circus - clown, happy clown has details in the colors blue, red and yellow. Du...
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Mid-20th Century European Folk Art Decorative Art

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Composition

  • Smiling Circus Clown Head, Papier Mâché, 1930s
  • Smiling Circus Clown Head, Papier Mâché, 1930s
  • Smiling Circus Clown Head, Papier Mâché, 1930s
  • Smiling Circus Clown Head, Papier Mâché, 1930s
H 26.78 in. W 11.03 in. D 3.94 in.
Very Large Scottish Folk Art Original Working Circus Training Horse Mount
Located in Hook, Hampshire
Very large Scottish Folk Art original working circus training horse mount Very large Scottish Folk Art original working circus training horse. One of the most exciting pieces we hav...
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Vintage 1950s Scottish Animal Sculptures

Materials

Wood

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Folk Art Circus For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic folk art circus available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, fabric and canvas, every folk art circus was constructed with great care. Find 77 options for an antique or vintage folk art circus now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect folk art circus — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A folk art circus made by Folk Art designers — as well as those associated with Mid-Century Modern — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one folk art circus that is appealing in its simplicity, but O. Henry Tent and Awning Co., Fred G. Johnson and Gong Bell Mfg. Co. produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Folk Art Circus?

The average selling price for a folk art circus at 1stDibs is $2,675, while they’re typically $245 on the low end and $35,000 for the highest priced.