In the Folk Art category, dealers offer a variety of vintage Americana and folk art for sale. Folk art particularly covers the work of skilled laborers, tradesmen and indigenous people. Items important to the colonial arts, such as colonial maps and scrimshaw can be found among paintings, sculpture and decorative arts that define American style. Also available are ship models, a Nantucket basket, and weathervanes for sale, that reflect the history of American folk art. Additionally, a selection of presidential memorabilia including bronze profiles and life masks, autograph albums, and signed orders round out this story-driven collection.
You will discover many new people and ideas you’ve never seen before while browsing the dealer offering under the Folk Art banner. Furniture is a huge component in this category, featuring the work of skilled woodworkers and artisans. Furniture is both decorative and useful for its time, whether a desk or tall china cabinet. Prints and drawings were also popular during this time as a way to communicate plans for cities and depict the ever-changing world around them. Fine art was not a mystery to these laborers who painted and sculpted their environment and visions for the future out of native materials that have survived until today.
There is also folk art in this collection specific to the native and working-class citizens of the western United Stated, all of which reflect the necessities of their life like textiles rugs, blankets and ceremonial body wear. Nautical and coastal art showcases the rich marine life of this country through scrimshaw, models, maps and more. Finally, there is a strong collection of everyday valuables that would be a prized item to display for any folk enthusiast, such as pipes, globes and snuff boxes. Each tell us a little more about life in folk communities during the 18th century.
There are many beautiful paintings and prints from the 18th-20th centuries representing folk life in America. Dealers offer their finest Americana paintings & prints depicting a variety of subjects, right here at Curator’s Eye. See portraits and figurative paintings, marine works, watercolors, and still lifes. From watercolors to outstanding portraits we present important folk art for collectors of all tastes that range in sizes and value. While fine painting is a large market, this selection showcases subject matter and art practitioners that are sometimes overlooked in most mainstream markets.
Some of the artwork in this collection pays homage to great American landmarks as they existed some 100+ years ago, such as the US Capitol building. We have prints available that detail the design for the reconstruction of the building, and prints showing major renovations to it, including the addition of the dome that now signifies the well-known landmark. The prints are dated back to the 1800s and some were completed in London. There is also a watercolor painting for sale of Hamburg, PA at the base of a mountain range circa 1840 and a pair of framed masterpiece portraits of Zedekiah Belknap and his family.
In addition to American landscape depictions, there is artwork here referencing Europe, like a painting of a shipwreck completed in oil on board. The picture shows a ship crashed onto a beach off the south coast of England. There is another watercolor painting and ink drawing of the English Man-O-War flying the Royal Sovereign in 1850. In addition, this category carries important artistic documents like a birth record featuring small detailed colored illustrations of a family and flowers with the birth information inked in the center. Encased inside a period frame for preservation, this is just one example of the many telling treasures you will find within folk paintings and prints.
The finest folk art and American furniture and decorative arts can be found in this collection of high quality, sturdy items. Our dealers offer paint-decorated boxes, carved classical Mahogany sofas, charming trade signs, and many other unique and beautiful pieces including a long case clock, and a folky inlaid spice cabinet. There are antique painted chairs, sofas and hourglasses for sale. The furniture in this time period is made of solid wood, whether oak, maple, or other and features a dark mahogany finish.
Tables and chairs are a major centerpiece in this collection of decorative art and furniture. Tables vary in style and size: classical wood table with rollers, maple and mahogany two-drawer workstations, red-painted hutch tables, candle stands, and an immaculate games table with eagles carved into the legs. Chests and carved boxes of different sizes are also on display, some with casters and others without it. In addition to tables are beautiful sets of period chairs painted or stained, either alone or in sets.
This extensive collection of folk furniture includes many beautiful antique period sofas and decorative accessories like silver pitchers, Nantucket baskets, complex swifts, hourglasses, self-carved ditty box, and Chippendale commode stool. We also have a very rare set of USS Constitution “Ward” door from the late 1800s, the only documented doors of its kind, given as a gift to a large benefactor of the ship’s renovation. For standard antique furniture, unique décor and more, browse our splendid collection of folk furniture.
The Sculpture category of folk art features a wide range of three-dimensional, folk art and Americana works from leading dealers around the world. A wooden cigar store Indian joins with a Lincoln life mask cast by Volk, in addition to a terracotta bust of John Paul Jones and a carved marble relief of General George Washington. You will find a little bit of everything in this assortment of figures that represent the best of American culture and pride, from well-known figures and Presidents to depictions of daily community members throughout the nation.
These clay, stone and wood depictions of people and animals bring a realistic and vibrant look into life in folk America throughout three-four centuries. There are several figures that show native and indigenous American, such as a Navajo woman with sheep or a Native American chief cigar box, possibly carved by wooden master Samuel Robb. There are also figures of horses made from iron in the late 1800s with an accompanying watercolor map. These rare items of Americana stand alone in significance and cultural value.
In addition to replicas of Indian figures, there are sculptures of American eagles made of gessoed and painted pine, and an iron blacksmith weathervane from 1870, a popular symbol in media that is rarely seen in today’s time or art markets. There are also busts of major political and military figures, like a marble bust of George Washington and a terracotta sculpture of Captain John Paul Jones. The objects in this section bring to mind the artistry and significance of the everyday items used in 19th century America, and how important it still is to commemorate their labor and vision.
Dealers sell a wide range of their finest folk art and Americana items in this collection that don’t specifically fit the description of our larger sub-categories. View objects that include a painted dartboard and glass bottle from 1732. These join with antique ship models, snuff boxes, scrimshaw, maps, globes, and even violins to form a rare and desirable selection of collectible Americana art pieces. While many folk items in the collection are centered on one idea (furniture, nautical, sculpture, West, fine art, etc.), the objects in this section are give specific insight into the details of American life.
Small accessories and personal memorabilia are at the heart of this miscellaneous assortment of key folk art. Purchase a George Washington inaugural button, files from the JFK assassination trial, or Muhammad Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle walking stick, used in the epic 1974 heavyweight title bout. There are also ship models made of bone and wood, and English half hull model, and powder horn. Carvings are not limited to sea-life however: carvings of a bow priest with baby and whales teeth are also part of this collection and ready for purchase.
If you are looking for practical artifacts that were once used by laborers, look no further than our charming 19th century sailor-made whalebone board or hand-carved and painted Civil War veteran’s post sign from 1882. From coins and armbands to tobacco and snuff boxes shaped like pistols, you will find a satisfying selection of Americana and souvenirs of some of history’s famous moments, regions and events. Take a moment to look back in time with an extraordinary gathering of folk artwork.
Our thorough selection of nautical, marine and coastal items will have you reliving the biggest and quietest moment of life at sea through the eyes of those who knew it best. Here, chronometers join with models and telescopes to make up a comprehensive offering of collectible objects relating to the high seas. Purchase nautical art by iconic artists such as James Buttersworth and Montague Dawson as well as other rare works. There is no lacking in this collection of teeth, models, globes, books and furniture. Just when you think you’ve seen all there is from antique sea life, there’s more. Walk through the items displayed here and see why nautical and marine collecting is so vastly popular.
A big portion of the nautical and marine category is the great selection of authentic whale teeth retrieved during 19th century voyages. One set features drawings of Napolean and Josephine, while others are left blank to showcase their grandeur and ivory brilliance. There is even a set of complete antique large walrus teeth in mint condition. If animals are not your cup of tea, take a look at our numerous model ships on display that depict in extensive detail vessels from as far back as the 1700s. You can also browse a selection of captain’s instruments and mariner’s clocks, all in excellent condition and ready for immediate display.
If you’re looking for more than models, whalebones and tools, try the maps, globes and drawings that portray sea life through the eyes of those who knew it best. We offer many table globes with stands that show what the Earth look in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are also sailors’ journals that documented their time on the seas and published books on real-life voyages as accounted by the men who worked on the ship themselves. If fine art if your cup of tea shop an original watercolor or ink drawing of a ship. There are many other souvenirs from nautical life such as brass boxes, medals, drawers and more. If your passion is the seas, there are many antiques waiting for you.
In this category, dealers offer a variety of important examples of Western American art including fine western paintings, early western photographs, and Native American crafts.In this category, dealers offer a variety of important examples of American art from the West including paintings, photographs and Native American crafts. View early western photographs and Indian Artifacts. Find important pieces of Native American Art, including Zuni pottery and Navajo textiles. Fine western paintings, both traditional and contemporary, including Charles M. Russel and Frederic Remington join with Victor Higgins to capture the essence of the American west through the eyes of folk artists and crafters. While many of the stories we hear about the West are pieced together or fabled, the pieces in this large collection are every bit as real as the people who made them, and great finds for the Western enthusiast.
Textiles run the show in Western folk art, and it’s easy to understand why. While settling the expansive landscape, rugs, blankets and others textiles were important. There were also many Indian tribes in the West, and their creations are immortalized here in this collection. Many are available in incredible condition and feature the classic styles of Native American weaving. Many are made of wool, dated to the late 19th century, sometimes featuring one consistent pattern or a quadrant of four. There are also Native bags and handmade dolls featuring original clothing and blankets. Pipe bags and pictorials were also made from fabrics and boldly dyed colors.
Apart from textiles, there are many tools, pictures and figures in this category, paying homage to the indigenous people of the Western United States. Bronze sculptures of hunter, Indian knives with sheaves, bottleneck baskets and effigy bowls were undoubtedly part of daily life for these communities at one point and could now be yours to celebrate the legacy of this rich cultural and regional history. Many historic cruikshanks, bracelets and belts are also on display. Browse through the evidence of these cultures and people and you will see a proud story emerging through their creations and earthen wares. Experienced dealers offer insight into the creators behind each piece and the part of the American West in which they originated.
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