Folk Art

Since the Colonial Revival of the early 20th century, primitives have been popular collectibles. They’ve long been sought by old-house restorers. What’s new today is the use of antique and rustic objects in modern settings. Their simplicity of form is seen to complement clean-lined furniture, from rectilinear American Arts & Crafts pieces to mid-century modern and beyond.

Whether they live in an old house or a new one, most collectors enjoy each primitive or rustic object for its intrinsic value. The collection is evocative. Objects are treated as folk art: grouped for display or arranged in a pleasing “art corner.”

Carefully chosen and shown, gallery-style, against a pale wall, primitives may take on a spare, almost modern aspect. Objects may be grouped by type, by size, or by colour.


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