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Antiques notebook: fascinating folk art

PUBLISHED: 12:35 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:35 06 October 2015

Folk art figures

Folk art figures


Auctioneers Durrants gives their expert view of this highly collectable art form

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Folk art is a wide ranging term which often includes paintings and sculptures made by people with little or no formal training.

Also known as ‘people’s art’ or ‘popular art’, folk art paintings often lack realism and techniques such as perspective, whilst folk art sculptures are formed from cheap, accessible materials that have come to hand due to the situation the sculptor finds him or herself in.

Common examples of such items are ‘trench art’, items made from brass shell cases in the world wars, and even earlier wars, such as this early 19th Century ivory and horn French prisoner of war-made 36-gun frigate, which sold at Durrants’ last militaria sale or £2,000.

Also sold recently, is a pair of Napoleonic prisoner of war polychrome painted lime wood carvings of ladies carrying baskets of food, both by the same hand and carved from individual single pieces of wood, believed by family repute to have been carved at Beccles jail, which sold for £460.

If you have an item that you are curious about, contact Durrants for a free auction appraisal. Te:01502 713490 or email


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