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Rustic Primitives

Rustic Style

For some, the phrase “rustic style” suggests a house like “La Pitchoune,” the late chef Julia Child’s cottage in Provence, with its exposed wooden beams and well-worn antique furniture. For others, it prompts images of a place like the Lake Placid Lodge in Upstate New York, with its stone fireplaces and knotty pine paneling. Indeed, rustic design takes many forms: twig furniture, a plank trestle table, a hand-stitched quilt, a chandelier made of deer antlers.


     Rustic design is perhaps mostly about texture and humble materials: hand-hewn wood, woven rush seats, wrought iron, coarse stone and weathered metal. As a decor, it exudes warmth and honesty, while a single piece of countrified design adds an intriguing visual counterpoint in a sleek, modern environment. As you can see on these pages, rustic wares offer no end of inspiration.

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English Twig Table
Located in Houston, TX
English twig table, created circa 1875 to furnish a rustic summer house. In very good, solid, stabile and strong condition. Perfect to serve as a decorative and unusual side table or...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Rustic Primitives

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Wood

Noteworthy Antique Mahogany Apothecary Cabinet
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Rarely seen authentic standing apothecary cabinet. A mahogany cabinet with multiple drawers all with black painted labels on the fronts and knob pulls. Each opens to a lift off lid, ...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Rustic Primitives

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Mahogany

19th Century Chip Carved Tramp Art Box
Located in Nantucket, MA
Late 19th century Tramp Art box, circa 1880, a large footed box with pyramidal form built from graduated layers of sawtooth cut wood laid down on top of thin boards, in original mell...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Rustic Primitives

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Pine

Early 20th Century Provincial Chinese Water Bucket
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautifully aged with warm coloring, this Qing dynasty bucket draws attention to the ingenuity of its manufacture, consisting of staves of pine bound with iron rings. A small ring at...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Rustic Primitives

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Iron

Large Scale Antique Stone Matate, Grinder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 20th century Guatemalan stone matate, or piedra de moler - grinding stone. Carved from one piece of stone, usually volcanic rock. Used for grinding corn and seeds. Comes with t...
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Early 20th Century Guatemalan Rustic Primitives

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Stone

Antique Stone Matate, Grinder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 20th century Guatemalan stone matate, or piedra de moler - grinding stone. Carved from one piece of stone, usually volcanic rock. Used for grinding corn and seeds. Comes with t...
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Early 20th Century Guatemalan Rustic Primitives

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Stone

Antique Stone Matate, Grinder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 20th century Guatemalan stone matate, or piedra de moler - grinding stone. Carved from one piece of stone, usually volcanic rock. Used for grinding corn and seeds.
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Early 20th Century Central American Rustic Primitives

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Stone

Rustic French Wooden Sledgehammer, Early 1900s
Located in Austin, TX
A decorative and rustic, almost primitive, wooden sledgehammer from the Ardeche Region of France.
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Early 20th Century French Rustic Primitives

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Wood

17th Century Lignum Vitae Mortar and Pestle
Located in Chicago, IL
An incredible 17th century English mortar and pestle made from turned lignum vitae, an extremely dense hardwood found in parts of the Caribbean and South America, with incised and ra...
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17th Century British Antique Rustic Primitives

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Hardwood

Right Proper Handmade Shaker-Style Broom
Located in Chicago, IL
Handmade by artisans in rural Kentucky, our Right Proper broom was crafted with Shaker design principles in mind: “Don't make something unless it is both necessary and useful; and if...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Rustic Primitives

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Straw, Wood

Right Proper Handmade Shaker-Style Hearth Broom
Located in Chicago, IL
Handmade by artisans in rural Kentucky, our Right Proper Hearth Broom, perfect for sweeping tight places like stairs and corners, was crafted with Shaker design principles in mind: “...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Rustic Primitives

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Straw, Wood

Right Proper Handmade Shaker-Style Turkey Wing Brush
Located in Chicago, IL
Handmade by artisans in rural Kentucky, our Right Proper Turkey Wing Brush was crafted with Shaker design principles in mind: “Don't make something unless it is both necessary and us...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Rustic Primitives

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Natural Fiber, Wood

Right Proper Handmade Shaker-Style Tampico Brush
Located in Chicago, IL
Handmade by artisans in rural Kentucky, our Right Proper tampico brush was crafted with Shaker design principles in mind: “Don't make something unless it is both necessary and useful...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Rustic Primitives

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Leather, Natural Fiber

Right Proper Handmade Cornbroom Brush
Located in Chicago, IL
Handmade by artisans in rural Kentucky, our right proper cornbroom brush was crafted with shaker design principles in mind: “Don't make something unless it is both necessary and usef...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Rustic Primitives

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Leather, Natural Fiber

Early 20th Century Wooden Prosthetic Leg
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Early 20th century wooden prosthetic leg The shoe measures 11" long and has not been untied or removed. There is nice tooling on the upper edge of the leather cuff and grommets wher...
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Early 20th Century North American Rustic Primitives

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Iron

Pine and Oak Rocking Cradle
Located in Baltimore, MD
This is a charming, very rustic hooded rocking cradle with an interesting and unusual “bird house” with a circular opening, built into the shallow hood, presumably to store small ite...
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Late 19th Century Irish Antique Rustic Primitives

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Oak, Pine

Early 20th Century Hand Carved African Grain Bowl
Located in Chicago, IL
Early 20th century hand carved African grain bowl Exceptional patina and shape.
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20th Century Congolese Rustic Primitives

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Wood

Pair of Cast Iron Peacocks
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Interesting pair of cast iron birds in the form of peacocks with an alert stance and quirky expressions. These birds have rustic time worn black finish over a detailed casting.    
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20th Century English Rustic Primitives

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Iron

Assorted Antique European Game Balls
Located in Houston, TX
Assorted antique European game balls: hardwood game balls in mixed colors and reinforced with iron strips and brads (for protection). Various sizes and weight available (total of 15)...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Antique Rustic Primitives

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Iron

19th Century Antique Forged Iron Game Hook
Located in Søborg, DK
Antique blacksmiths forged steel game hook Skillfully made and with beautiful details 8 game hooks and decorated with 4 birds Lovely aging to the iron Very decorative and useful ...
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1890s French Antique Rustic Primitives

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Iron

Antique Tibetan Locks in Iron
Located in Doylestown, PA
A pair of antique Tibetan door locks in iron with keys, 19th century or earlier.
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19th Century Tibetan Antique Rustic Primitives

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Iron

18th Century French Game Rack
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful 18th century French handwrought iron game rack with one outer ring with eight hooks, and three more hooks that hang in the center from a twisted rod. Game racks were used...
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18th Century French Antique Rustic Primitives

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Iron

Wooden Antique Bowl with Decorative Balls
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Rustic carved wood bowl with four decorative balls makes a great centrepiece for any table. Same price with or without balls.
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Early 20th Century Rustic Primitives

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Wood

Wooden Antique Bowl with Decorative Balls
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Rustic carved wood bowl with four decorative balls makes a great centerpiece for any table. Same price with or without balls.
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Early 20th Century Rustic Primitives

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Wood

Vintage Child's Chair
Located in Dallas, TX
Hand-carved and handmade child's chair.
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1910s Great Britain (UK) Vintage Rustic Primitives

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Wood

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