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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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BOX LOT: WOODEN DUCK BOWL HOLDERS & METAL BOWLS
Oct 03, 10:00 AM PDT
BOX LOT: WOODEN DUCK BOWL HOLDERS & METAL BOWLS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$356 Bids
Turned and painted bowl, 19th c.
Oct 05, 4:00 PM EDT
Turned and painted bowl, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$2254 Bids
New England burl bowl, 19th c.
Oct 05, 4:00 PM EDT
New England burl bowl, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $500- $1,000
$4504 Bids
Large New England burl bowl, 19th c.
Oct 05, 4:00 PM EDT
Large New England burl bowl, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $500- $1,000
$5502 Bids
BOX LOT: LIDDED URN, WOOD BOWL, AND SILVER-PLATE SERVING ITEMS
Oct 03, 10:00 AM PDT
BOX LOT: LIDDED URN, WOOD BOWL, AND SILVER-PLATE SERVING ITEMS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Wood Bowl
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Wood Bowl
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
Stone Bowl with 4 ½” Carved Wooden Bowl
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Stone Bowl with 4 ½” Carved Wooden Bowl
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Diminutive woodenware, 19th c.
Oct 05, 4:00 PM EDT
Diminutive woodenware, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Two burl bowls, 19th c., with fruit
Oct 05, 4:00 PM EDT
Two burl bowls, 19th c., with fruit
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $400- $700
$2001 Bid
Two New England burl bowls, 19th c.
Oct 05, 4:00 PM EDT
Two New England burl bowls, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
New England burl bowl, 19th c.
Oct 07, 9:00 AM EDT
New England burl bowl, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
New England burl bowl, 19th c.
Oct 07, 9:00 AM EDT
New England burl bowl, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Painted Wooden Bowl
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Painted Wooden Bowl
by New England Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Two burl bowls, 19th c.
Oct 06, 9:00 AM EDT
Two burl bowls, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $500- $800
$2501 Bid
United Craftsmen Corp Mahogany and Sterling Salad Bowl
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
United Craftsmen Corp Mahogany and Sterling Salad Bowl
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Vintage Arts Crafts Sliced Walnut Bowl
Oct 22, 2:00 PM EDT
Vintage Arts Crafts Sliced Walnut Bowl
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $125- $250
$800 Bids
Teak Bowl by Jens H. Quistgaard for Dansk Design
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Teak Bowl by Jens H. Quistgaard for Dansk Design
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Henkelschale / Bowl with handle
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
Henkelschale / Bowl with handle
by Kunstauktionshaus Günther
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
Teak Wood Turned Pedestal Bowl
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Teak Wood Turned Pedestal Bowl
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $150- $200
$500 Bids
Antique Burl Wood Hand Carved Bowl
Oct 12, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Burl Wood Hand Carved Bowl
by Abington Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
A LARGE MAHOGANY SHALLOW BOWL OF COOPERED CONSTRUCTION. 77cm diameter
Oct 17, 11:00 AM IST
A LARGE MAHOGANY SHALLOW BOWL OF COOPERED CONSTRUCTION. 77cm diameter
by Adam's
Est: €100- €200
€700 Bids
4 ITALIAN WOOD AND GILTWOOD ARTICLES
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
4 ITALIAN WOOD AND GILTWOOD ARTICLES
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
A CHARMING TREEN CARVED WOOD BUTTER PAT with spoon. Bowl 22 cm wide. (2)
Oct 11, 9:30 AM BST
A CHARMING TREEN CARVED WOOD BUTTER PAT with spoon. Bowl 22 cm wide. (2)
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £60- £80
£400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Wooden Bowls


Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

New England Auctions

New England Auctions

Brunk Auctions

Brunk Auctions

Link Auction Galleries

Link Auction Galleries