decorative art


: art that is concerned primarily with the creation of useful items (such as furniture, ceramics, or textiles)
usually used in plural
: objects of decorative art

Examples of decorative art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The decorative arts often employ motifs borrowed from nature, whether presented realistically or highly stylized. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2023 Martin Chapman, a curator of European decorative art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which include the Legion of Honor, emphasizes the contrast between this intimate portrayal of Henry and the stately portraits often associated with the king. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Last October, a portion of Ann and Gordon Getty's collection, which featured decorative arts, old-master works, furniture, porcelains, and more, sold at auction for over $150 million. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 11 May 2023 Additional items include kimonos and bespoke Japanese clothing, decorative arts, and handwritten drafts for Queen’s iconic music catalog. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 3 Aug. 2023 The event will take place on Sept. 21 in Hudson, N.Y., though the full catalog is expected to go on exhibit on Sept. 8. Stair Galleries’s director of decorative arts Muffie Cunningham sourced the items for the event. Justin Ray, Robb Report, 19 July 2023 There’s another interesting dynamic: As people have been reevaluating and challenging Eurocentric history in recent years, design and decorative arts collectors have expanded their scope too. Curbed, 16 June 2023 The big finale is the Benaki Museum of Greek decorative arts. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 10 June 2023 Art-loving moms will be mesmerized by the house museum, which boasts one of the most extensive collections of decorative arts and paintings dating from 1628 to 1867. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 18 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of decorative art was in 1853

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“Decorative art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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