Wooden Bowls

As a widely available material, wood has been used across the world to create domestic objects for millennia. The extensive variety of trees in different geographic locations, as well as the creativity of woodworkers from diverse cultures, has resulted in an incredible range of practical and decorative woodenware.

Historically, wooden bowls have played an important role as objects for everyday use and ceremonial rituals. In the Solomon Islands, women use chisels, hammers, and sandpaper to create shallow bowls lined with inlaid shells and polished with beeswax. Once completed, the bowls are used daily within the home, as well as during special social occasions involving the local community. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Kuba people also create wooden bowls used for a variety of purposes, although their objects feature carved geometric designs and figural motifs often referencing ancestors and important mythological spirits.

People across the world continue to appreciate wooden bowls for their elegant forms and natural grain patterns. An assortment of bowls made of oak, cherry wood, cedar, pine, and many other types of wood is available at auction today.


Quick Facts

  • On April 2, 2015, Christie’s New York sold a group of seven American wooden wares, including four bowls from the 19th century, for $2,750
  • On May 14, 2010, Sotheby’s New York sold a large Woodlands wood bowl, probably Iroquois, from the early 19th century for $15,000
  • Woodturning, a technique used by the ancient Egyptians and continued to this day, is frequently used to make wood bowls. The process involves a lathe, which spins a piece of wood while a woodworker carves the object into the finished product

Recommended Items at Auction

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EDWARD MOULTHROP LARGE TURNED TULIPWOOD BOWL NEAR FLAWLESS!
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
EDWARD MOULTHROP LARGE TURNED TULIPWOOD BOWL NEAR FLAWLESS!
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1,05019 Bids
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DAVID TIAN HAND MADE BURL WOOD BOWL
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
DAVID TIAN HAND MADE BURL WOOD BOWL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Large Burlwood Bowl
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Large Burlwood Bowl
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$454 Bids
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LOT OF WOOD BOWLS AND UTENSIL SETS
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF WOOD BOWLS AND UTENSIL SETS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$94 Bids
Mid Century Modern Burl Walnut Salad Serving Bowls
Oct 17, 11:00 AM MST
Mid Century Modern Burl Walnut Salad Serving Bowls
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Old rustic carved wood bowl, with carved loop for hanging, approx 13cm H x 33cm dia
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
Old rustic carved wood bowl, with carved loop for hanging, approx 13cm H x 33cm dia
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD502 Bids
1975 Richard Carner "Series 3" Signed Wood Turned Bowl
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
1975 Richard Carner "Series 3" Signed Wood Turned Bowl
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Primitive Carved Wood Handled Dough Bowl
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Primitive Carved Wood Handled Dough Bowl
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
CHRISTIAN BURCHARD MADRONE BURLWOOD BOWL 2000
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
CHRISTIAN BURCHARD MADRONE BURLWOOD BOWL 2000
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Bowl of Silvered Lizards on Coconut, France
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Bowl of Silvered Lizards on Coconut, France
by Zikorn Arts
Est: $500- $800
$3001 Bid
A GREAT COLLECTION OF 19C. FOLK PAINTED WOOD WARES
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A GREAT COLLECTION OF 19C. FOLK PAINTED WOOD WARES
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $175- $250
$801 Bid
A Collection of Four Turned and Carved Wooden Bowls
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
A Collection of Four Turned and Carved Wooden Bowls
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Antique Wood Parat Dough Bowl
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Wood Parat Dough Bowl
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Large duplicator lathe turned wood kitchen/butter bowl
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
Large duplicator lathe turned wood kitchen/butter bowl
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
LARGE CARVED WOOD TURTLE-FORM PLANTER BOWL
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
LARGE CARVED WOOD TURTLE-FORM PLANTER BOWL
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
3 PCS TURNED WOOD BOWLS, MENDEZ & MATTHEW HATALA
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
3 PCS TURNED WOOD BOWLS, MENDEZ & MATTHEW HATALA
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
WOODEN DOUGH BOWL ON WROUGHT IRON STAND
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
WOODEN DOUGH BOWL ON WROUGHT IRON STAND
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
ROBERT 'MOUSEMAN' THOMPSON (1876-1955) BOWL, 1940S/1950S
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
ROBERT 'MOUSEMAN' THOMPSON (1876-1955) BOWL, 1940S/1950S
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
ROBERT 'MOUSEMAN' THOMPSON (1876-1955) BOWL, 1950S
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
ROBERT 'MOUSEMAN' THOMPSON (1876-1955) BOWL, 1950S
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
A pair of carved wood and polychrome decorated centrepieces or comports
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
A pair of carved wood and polychrome decorated centrepieces or comports
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
A 19TH C. MIXING BOWL WITH VINTAGE STONE FRUIT
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A 19TH C. MIXING BOWL WITH VINTAGE STONE FRUIT
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$700 Bids
THREE 19TH C. FOLK ART PAINTED WOOD BOWLS
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
THREE 19TH C. FOLK ART PAINTED WOOD BOWLS
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$700 Bids
AN ASSORTMENT OF 19TH C. WOOD KITCHEN WARES
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
AN ASSORTMENT OF 19TH C. WOOD KITCHEN WARES
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
EARLY ED MOULTHROP, FIGURED TULIPWOOD VESSEL
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
EARLY ED MOULTHROP, FIGURED TULIPWOOD VESSEL
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Wooden Bowls


Brunk Auctions

Brunk Auctions

Dirk Soulis Auctions

Dirk Soulis Auctions

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.