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Folk Art has, it seems, come of age. This vaguely and misleadingly titled body of work, created by artists and artisans who were not schooled in the classical tradition and who made works by instinct and intuition, is finally finding a place in the overall art historical narrative and making an impression on the art market. Difficult to describe and made in multiple media "Folk Art" is simply our native art, the fruit of human creativity. Works often originally created for a function, but enhanced by individuality. Pieces made for use, pleasure or fun, or to share with family and friends. Pieces made as gifts or simple tokens of love. Art made outside the constraints of perspective and observation, with no concept or statement, yet with a natural confidence and frequently a uniquely compelling quality and individuality.

Scandinavian Love Token Braid Loom, Dated 1834

The natural freedom of expression and curious abstract qualities found in these works have recently been discovered and appreciated by an increasingly art conscious society. The influence from and inspiration of Folk Art is visible and credited by several important British, European and American modernists of the C20th. The recent focus on and development of interest in Folk Art, together with the pioneering initiative of curator Martin Myrone has finally culminated in Tate Britain hosting the first national exhibition of British Folk Art this summer opening on June 10th and closing on September 7th 2014.

Rare Tole Ware House From Money Box, English c.1850

We have recently identified a significant growth of interest and sensitivity for exceptional works and it was no surprise that Sotheby's New York sold the single owner Esmerian Collection of American Folk Art, (227 lots), in January 2014 for over 12 million US Dollars. Much of the work appeals to younger people and an art buying public who have become accustomed to following their eye and backing their judgement. We have been sourcing, recording and exhibiting this material for the best part of forty years and it is hugely satisfying to see such an explosion of interest from new followers and to witness the best British and European Folk Art developing an exciting widespread momentum.

C Ives, "Prize Sow and Piglets", Dated 1827.

E H Windred, "Mr Adams" & "Thunder", c.1930.

Robert and Josyane Young, Battersea, London, February 2014.


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