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Rustic Folk Art

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 Folk Art

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Wood

Antique Wooden Set of Two Authentic Hand Painted Wall Moroccan Typical Boxes
Located in CH
Beautiful authentic hand painted architectural inspiring shaped Moorish wooden decoration.
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17th Century Moroccan Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Pair of Antique Mason's Ironstone Pitchers
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A fine pair of Mason’s Pitchers with good size and color. "Imari" pattern in blue and rust on white octagonal pitchers. One green branch form handle, the other polychrome snake form,...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Ceramic

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 Folk Art

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Mahogany

Byzantine Rare Standing Horse Barrel Lock, Fine Condition, 8th-9th Century AD
Located in CH
A bronze barrel-lock formed as a standing horse with curved legs, ring-and-dot motifs to the body, the recurved tail forming the hasp. 33.2 grams, 36mm (1 1/2"). Very fine condit...
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15th Century and Earlier Bulgarian Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Bronze

Early 20th Century Wood and Canvas Painted Produce Sign
Located in Troy, MI
Wooden produce sign found in England, circa 1920s. Wood foundation is covered in strips of canvas which have been hand painted by unknown artist.
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Early 20th Century English Rustic Folk Art

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Canvas, Wood

Hand Painted Double Sided SFPD Sign, circa 1950
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original large, hand painted wooden San Francisco Police Department street closed sign. The sign is double sided and shows some wear to the paint consistent with ...
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Early 20th Century Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

19th Century Glazed Stoneware Bowl
Located in Chicago, IL
The simple form of this early 20th century stoneware kitchen bowl is brought to life by a beautiful interior glaze. Speckled with imperfections, the bowl is cloaked in a rich turquoi...
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Mid-19th Century American Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Stoneware

Ceramic Mezcal Jug from Mexico, 1945
Located in Sayulita, Nayarit
Ceramic mezcal vessel from San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca engraved, 1945. These black clay pots being only 1/8" thick were made in an egg-shaped design so as to have the strength to h...
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1940s Mexican Vintage Rustic Folk Art

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Ceramic

Ceramic Mezcal Jug from Mexico, 1950s
Located in Sayulita, Nayarit
Ceramic mezcal vessel from San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca, 1950s. These black clay pots being only 1/8" thick were made as an egg-shaped design so as to have the strength to hold and ...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Rustic Folk Art

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Ceramic

French Wire Salad Or Eggs Basket, circa 1940
Located in The Hills, TX
French handled wire basket salad or eggs, circa 1940.
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1940s French Vintage Rustic Folk Art

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Wire

Vintage English Rolling Pin
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage English rolling pin with a beautiful aged wood patina.
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20th Century English Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Dan Wooden Bowl from Liberia
Located in Sayulita, Nayarit
Dan wood food bowl from Liberia.
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1990s Liberian Rustic Folk Art

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Hardwood

Fine Carved Black Forest Statue of a Disabled Dog, Brienz circa 1900
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A very nice and fine Swiss wood carving. A disabled long hair terrier is resting beside a stub with his crook on his legs. executed circa 1900, Swiss Brienz. Measures: Width 7.68"...
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Early 20th Century Swiss Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

18th Century Swedish Painted Secretary
Located in Dallas, TX
An 18th century Swedish painted secretary, all original. This understated elegant piece has a beautiful wood patina with lovely hand painted details. Upper cabinet holds copious amo...
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Mid-18th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Stylish Cabin Decor Antler Candlestick, Germany, circa 1900
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Item e6175 A fashionable rustic candleholder, made of horns from the deer. Spout made of turned antler pieces. Executed in Germany circa 1900. Measures: height 9.84" (25cm) diam...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Antler

Large Water Wheel Decoration of Ebonized Jackwood from Kerala, India
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large-sized antique water wheel from Kerala, India. This Kerala water wheel, also known as a "chakram chavittal", would have originally been used as a manually operated agriculture...
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20th Century Indian Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Tuscany Late 18th Century Set 3 Wooden Birds Painted Panels Boards
Located in Brescia, IT
This set of nice and pretty painting on wood panels, were an example of country style of the Northern part of Italy, the Tuscany. The farm style is simply and natural, but their eleg...
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Oak

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 Folk Art

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Pine

Vintage Gold Panning Tray / Bowl, Footed, Thailand, Mid-20th Century
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage gold panning tray / bowl. Footed. 22 inch diameter by 7 inches tall from Northeast Thailand, mid-20th century. This rustic tray was fashioned from a single piece of local ha...
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1960s Thai Vintage Rustic Folk Art

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Hardwood

Solid Bronze and Enamel Theatre Sign, circa 1920
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT This is an original solid bronze sign with white enamel letters. CREATOR Unknown. DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1920-1940 MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Bronze, Enamel. CON...
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Early 20th Century Rustic Folk Art

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Bronze, Enamel

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 Folk Art

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Iron

Antique Backgammon and Checkers Games Box
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Mahogany two part with a hinge and two hook closures. The top with a checkerboard in satinwood and black paint. It opens to a painted backgammon board. Along with black and tan circu...
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Late 19th Century Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood, Mahogany

Buffalo Hide Granary Vessel
Located in South Pasadena, CA
A midcentury Indonesian buffalo hide granary vessel.
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20th Century Indonesian Rustic Folk Art

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Hide

Mexican Rustic Vase Folk Art Handmade Ceramic Vessel Terracotta Oaxaca Clay
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
In the heart of the Sierra Norte Mountains in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, the settlers found that this "cold place" gave them a very special gift, clay, with which they could use to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Rustic Folk Art

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Clay, Terracotta, Ceramic

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 Folk Art

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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 Folk Art

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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 Folk Art

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Stone

Large Rustic Papier Maché Stag Sculpture
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A large handcrafted statue of a belling stag. hollow worked papier maché reinforced with metal and hand painted. An unique and rustic Black Forest decoration, circa 1900. Measures...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Rustic Folk Art

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Paper

19th Century Rustic English Private Land Owners Trespassers Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
19th century rustic private land owners trespassers sign This sign is made in elm with metal lettering set in relief it says Notice No road Trespassers Wil Be prosecuted By...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Double Sided "Cabins" Sign
Located in Aurora, OR
Double sided and hand painted with reflective paint, this rustic sign has great character.
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Mid-20th Century American Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Early 20th Century Champagne Colored Turkish Handmade Oushak Carpet
Located in New York, NY
An antique Turkish Oushak carpet handmade during the early 20th century with an overall neutral and earth tone palette primarily in champagne, old ivory, and brown.
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Early 20th Century Turkish Rustic Folk Art

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Wool

Ceramic Rooster Piggy Bank from Mexico, circa 1960s
Located in Sayulita, Nayarit
Hand painted, ceramic rooster piggy bank from Guerrero, Mexico, circa 1960s.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Rustic Folk Art

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Ceramic

Ceramic Hen Piggy Bank from Mexico, 1970s
Located in Sayulita, Nayarit
Ceramic hen piggy bank from Guerrero, Mexico, 1980s. Unrestored in its original condition.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Rustic Folk Art

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Ceramic

American Mid-Century Modern Woodworking Turned Walnut Wood Spinning Top Toy
Located in North Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern American craftsman woodworking turned walnut wood spinning top toy. This is a collectible fun toy.
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Late 20th Century American Rustic Folk Art

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Walnut

American Mid-Century Modern Woodworking Turned Walnut Weed Vase by Harless, 1986
Located in North Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern American craftsman woodworking turned walnut weed, bud, flower vase by Harless, 1986. The carved mark is intentional done by the Artist. Signed and dated at the ...
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Late 20th Century American Rustic Folk Art

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Walnut

English Country Handcrafted Cockhill Crafts Sculptural Turned Yew Wood Vase 1960
Located in North Miami, FL
Vintage circa 1960s English Country style Cockhill Crafts Mid-Century Modern design stem vase by D.F.B. Palframan. It is hand-turned in yew wood of simple subtle cured form, emphasiz...
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Mid-20th Century English Rustic Folk Art

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Yew

Vintage Handcrafted Cockhill Crafts Sculptural Turned Yew Wood Vase England 1960
Located in North Miami, FL
Vintage circa 1960's Cockhill Crafts mid century modern design stem vase by D.F.B. Palframan. It is hand turned in Yew wood of simple subtle cured form, emphasised by the contrasting...
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Mid-20th Century English Rustic Folk Art

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Yew

19th Century Primitive Carved Swan
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
19th century primitive carved swan, circa 1870. A rustic find on our recent travels to Sweden. Carved from a single piece of wood. Presented in its original found condition. Ar...
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Late 19th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Vintage Balinese Teak Folk Art Chair, Handmade
Located in Alhambra, CA
Handmade and wonderfully unique Folk Art chair composed of reclaimed Balinese teak wood. This sculptural chair with live edge, tall ladder back, is a statement piece. Reconditioned t...
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20th Century Unknown Rustic Folk Art

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Teak

19th Century Rustic Antique Pine Game Board, circa 1840
Located in Uppsala, SE
Antique 19th century pine board game on six legs consisting of a checkered painted plate and a small box/drawer underneath that can be pulled out. In the box are ca 15, slightly late...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Pine

Vintage Wooden Mortar Bowl, Footed, Sumba, Indonesia, Mid-20th Century
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Vintage wooden mortar bowl. Footed. 7.75" diameter. Sumba Island, Indonesia, mid-20th century. This beautifully patinated wooden bowl served as a table or spice mortar in a Sumbanes...
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Mid-20th Century Indonesian Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Vintage Artisanal French Goat Bell
Located in Austin, TX
A French vintage handmade goat bell and harness. Bentwood harness with hand-hammered metal bell and bone clapper. The neck harness is painted bright red and bears the carved initials...
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20th Century French Rustic Folk Art

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Metal

Large Carved Wood Fighting Stags by Rudolph Heissl
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Grandiose hand carved wood sculpture of fighting stags. Very detailed natural carving by the Austrian woodcarver Rudolph Heissl sen., circa 1900. Stamped signature. Literature refere...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Pair of Carved Wood Staghound Heads by Rudolph Heissl
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A pair of grandiose hand carved wood sculptures of staghound heads with original deer antlers in their mouth. For the usage as coat rack. Very detailed natural carving by the Austria...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Old Tribal Wooden Bowl, West Nepal Himal, Mid-20th Century
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Old tribal wooden bowl, West Nepal Himal, mid-20th century. Measures: 16.5 inch diameter. This large bowl is hand hewn from a single piece of local wood. Years of use in the rugged ...
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Mid-20th Century Nepalese Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Metal Display Folk Art Cowboy Hat
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A handsome cowboy hat most likely used for display, now making a great decorative piece. Welded of metal / tin and styled with the details of any cowboy hat - air holes, rope, and th...
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20th Century Rustic Folk Art

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Metal

Wooden Carved Lidded Box in the Shape of an Ape
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A small lidded box hand carved in the shape of an ape head. Probably France circa 1890 Measures: Width 3.74" (9.5cm) Height 6.1" (15.5cm) Depth 5.08" (12.9cm).
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Late 19th Century German Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

a wooden carved snake robbing a bird's nest
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A very detailed Black Forest wood carving depicting a snake which is robbing eggs in a birds nest. Most probably brienz, circa 1900 Measures: Width 6.3" (16 cm) Height 4.33" (11 ...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Antique Black Forest Chicken Family Carving, circa 1900
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A nice hand carved wooden statue of a chicken family with cock, hen and some chicks. A very detailed woodcarving manufactured most probably in France circa 1900 Measures: Width 11...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Wooden Micro Carving Plaque by Johann Rint, 1899
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A small wall plaque with detailed relief carving worked out of linden wood by Johann Rint, circa 1899. Depicting a gun club scene with young woman in local costume announcing the hit...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Antique Cabin Decor Two-Armed Antler Candlestick, 1900
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A rare antique candleholder, made of roebuck antlers and horn pieces. Executed circa 1900. Measures: Width 9.45" (24cm) Height 9.06" (23cm).
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Late 19th Century German Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Antler, Wood

Antique Persian Heriz Carpet
Located in New York, NY
An antique Persian Heriz carpet from the early 20th century.
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Early 20th Century Persian Rustic Folk Art

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Wool

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 Folk Art

Materials

Wood

Black Forest Carved Staghound Inkwell
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A wooden carved inkwell in the shape of a staghound. Made of lindenwood with glass eyes. Brienz, circa 1920. Glass inset missing. Measures: length 8.27" (21cm) height 3.94" (10cm).
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Late 19th Century Swiss Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Swiss Lion of Lucerne Relief Carving, circa 1900
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Fine lion wood carving relief depicting the Swiss deadly wounded lion of Luzerne. The original statue reminds of the deadly wounded Swiss guardsmen of 1792. Brienz, circa 1900 Mea...
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Late 19th Century Swiss Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Wooden Micro Carving Plaque by Johann Rint, circa 1880
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A small wall plaque with detailed relief carvings worked out of linden wood by Johann Rint, circa 1880. Probably depicting a scene after stories by Joseph Victor von Scheffel - a fam...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

Large Old Tribal Wooden Bowl, West Nepal Himal, Mid-20th Century
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Large old tribal wooden bowl from the West Nepal Himal, 18 inch diameter mid-20th century. This large bowl is hand hewn from a single piece of local wood. Years of use in the rugged...
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Mid-20th Century Nepalese Rustic Folk Art

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Wood

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