We prefer a broad definition of Folk Art to include items made from untrained hands and eyes such as textiles, two and three dimensional art, utilitarian objects with or without flourishes, handcrafted furniture and tabletop objects. Most of our folk art is represented in very early American objects with more recent inclusions of contemporary art and sculpture.
Folk Art Featured Item
Folk Art Portable Desk
Portable desk in old red paint with some green and white trim. Inscribed inside in pencil, “Hannah M. Littlefield”….written May the 21, 1880 in the morning at 10 o’clock….”Forget me not though far away”. Interior holds secret compartments, an ink well, and hand written materials. A collector’s dream of a folk art item.
Measures 12″w x 5″h at front; 12″w x 6 1/2″h at rear.
Dog Head Walking Stick
Folk Art walking stick displayed on new museum stand. The delicate stick is made of bamboo with the handle resembling the head of a dog.
Pair of Miniature Merganser decoys by Charlie Hunt. Signed Elma, NY.
Measure 6 3/4″l x 2 1/2″w and 6 1/2″l x 2 1/2″w
Jumping Jack string toy in impressive size and colors. Painted on both sides in different and reverse colors. With old cord intact, it still works just fine. From private collection of Stephen Corrigan, Vermont antiques dealer.
Measures 24″l x 13″w x 1 1/4″d
PA Dutch Bride’s Box
First half of the 19th C, Pennsylvania origin; this traditional box created for the bride is oval in shape and made of bent wood. Strong and sturdy, as were the brides, it has a deep lid and polychrome paint decorating the sides with flowers. The top appears to be a night sky background with a painting of trees at the edges enclosing the figures of a man and a woman. Inscribed across the top in German recounts a promise to love forever. Interior of bottom has two sets of initials and some numbers.
Measures 17″l x 7 1/2″h x 10
Early 1900’s Folk Art carved and painted “Cobbler”; on the sole of a shoe; telling a story.
Measures 8″l x 1 1/2″w x 5″h