Antique 19th Century American School Portrait of a Nobleman
Artist Unkown, Circa 1825
Oil on Board
30" x 25"
33" x 28" (framed)
Condition: Good, craquelure consistent with age
Provenance: Purchased from an antique dealer
Estimated Value: $10,000
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American school folk art is a genre of art that developed in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was created primarily by untrained, self-taught artists who worked outside of the traditional art world and often used unconventional materials and techniques. American school folk art includes a wide variety of objects, such as paintings, sculptures, textiles, furniture, and pottery. It often reflects the daily life and experiences of ordinary people, and frequently incorporates images of animals, plants, and landscapes. One of the most well-known forms of American school folk art is the quilt, which was created by women in rural communities throughout the country. Quilts often featured intricate designs and were made from scraps of fabric, reflecting the practical and resourceful nature of the people who made them. Other examples of American school folk art include wood carvings, weathervanes, and fraktur (decorated manuscripts). Today, American school folk art is highly valued for its historical significance and unique aesthetic qualities. Many museums and collectors have extensive collections of American school folk art, and the genre continues to inspire contemporary artists and craftspeople.