Folk Art

Folk art is an expression of a surviving tradition rooted in the world’s indigenous culture and community. In contrast to fine art, folk art predominantly focuses on the decorative aspect instead of the aesthetic. Among the art’s most intriguing characteristics are the creative techniques applied by the artistically inclined individuals to produce artworks that encompass a range of utilitarian and decorative media such as straw, wood, and clay. Bidsquare makes exceptional examples in its collection of vintage and antique folk art available for sale at the online auctions

Unlike other sophisticated art forms that employ the methods of perspective and proportion, traditional decorative or utilitarian vintage folk art is often an expression of a community’s authentic cultural identity. It is different from academic or cosmopolitan artistic identity. Folk art was not accepted as an art form until the 19th century. These hand-made works, accompanied by traditional tools, earned acclaim for the post-industrial revolution urban mainstream. It is often challenging to describe folk art because of its diverse geographical prevalence and varied folk art. However, some techniques and patterns have been identified over the years. 

The vintage folk art has grown to include an array of artworks, including needlework weathervanes, paintings from renowned artists like Ammi Phillips, Sheldon Peck, and Edward Hicks, along with several anonymous practitioners. Collectors and bidders will find the best folk art for sale at Bidsquare’s folk art auction.

Quick Facts about Folk Art

  • In the 19th century, well-educated white Christian urbanites invented the term folk art to describe the quaint arts and crafts of rural societies. 
  • Folk art has historically been dominated by red, green, and yellow.
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  • Antique 18th C. Spanish Colonial Primitive Painting/Retablo on canvas
    Price$1,250

    Antique 18th C. Spanish Colonial Primitive Painting/Ret...

    King Art & Antiques
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    $1,250
  • Zedekiah Belknap, Portrait of a New England Woman, c. 1820, ex Christies, 1994
    Price$1,400

    Zedekiah Belknap, Portrait of a New England Woman, c. 1...

  • Scandinavian or Russian antique folk bowl, signed dated, associated spoon
    Price$165

    Scandinavian or Russian antique folk bowl, signed dated...

    King Art & Antiques
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    $165
  • Five antique East Indian painted miniature folk paintings, framed together
    Price$275

    Five antique East Indian painted miniature folk paintin...

    King Art & Antiques
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    $275
  • Large folk carving depicting St Paul, hardwood, 19th c. or earlier
    Price$650

    Large folk carving depicting St Paul, hardwood, 19th c....

    King Art & Antiques
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    $650
  • Antique 19th C. or earlier Spanish Colonial Primitive Painting/Retablo on canvas
    Price$1,250

    Antique 19th C. or earlier Spanish Colonial Primitive P...

    King Art & Antiques
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    $1,250
  • 19th c. Early American Folk Portrait 'Pious Lady'
    Price$750

    19th c. Early American Folk Portrait 'Pious Lady'

    King Art & Antiques
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    $750
  • Indian Cabinet or Window Door Painted Panel 19th c. or earlier
    Price$550

    Indian Cabinet or Window Door Painted Panel 19th c. or ...

    King Art & Antiques
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    $550
  • Ralph Eugene Cahoon Jr. (1910-1982) Oil on Masonite "Family Portrait"
    Estimate
    $20,000 - $30,000

    Ralph Eugene Cahoon Jr. (1910-1982) Oil on Masonite "Fa...

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    $20,000 - $30,000
    Rafael Osona Auctions
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    $18,000
  • Folk Art Crafted Noah's Ark, circa 1970s
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    $300 - $500

    Folk Art Crafted Noah's Ark, circa 1970s

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    $300 - $500
    Rafael Osona Auctions
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    $200
  • Victor Vasarely "Planetary Folklore Participations" Set
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    $1,500 - $2,500

    Victor Vasarely "Planetary Folklore Participations" Set...

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    $1,500 - $2,500
    Palm Beach Modern Auctions
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    $1,200
  • Antique American Folk Art Interior Scene Hooked Rug
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    $300 - $500

    Antique American Folk Art Interior Scene Hooked Rug

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    $300 - $500
    Rafael Osona Auctions
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    $200
  • Two Vintage American Folk Art Hand Painted Barrel Staves
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    $200 - $300

    Two Vintage American Folk Art Hand Painted Barrel Stave...

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    $200 - $300
    Rafael Osona Auctions
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    $100
  • Pair of Vintage American Folk Art Whale Shaped Book Bookends
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    $200 - $300

    Pair of Vintage American Folk Art Whale Shaped Book Boo...

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    $200 - $300
    Rafael Osona Auctions
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    $100
  • Folk Art Carved Half-Body Swimming Swan
    Estimate
    $400 - $600

    Folk Art Carved Half-Body Swimming Swan

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    $400 - $600
    Rafael Osona Auctions
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    $300
  • African Folk Art Carved and Polychromed Crocodile
    Estimate
    $200 - $400

    African Folk Art Carved and Polychromed Crocodile

    Est.
    $200 - $400
    Neue Auctions
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    $100