decorative art

noun

Definition of decorative art

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

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The show will be arranged thematically rather than chronologically, says Gregor Weber, head of the Rijksmuseum’s department of fine and decorative arts. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Seeing Rembrandt in Full," 11 Jan. 2019 Discover the history of Australian art from European settlement, including paintings, photography, prints, drawings, textiles, and decorative arts from the Colonial period and Heidelberg School through to contemporary art. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in Melbourne," 26 Sep. 2018 The Wallace Collection Housed in the former mansion of the Marquesses of Hertford, the Wallace Collection contains hundreds of important paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art, including a huge collection of arms and armour. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "London Travel Guide: The Best Things to Do, See, Eat, and More," 7 Aug. 2018 This gorgeous 160-year-old building is home to the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum dedicated to crafts and decorative arts. Amy Mckeever, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in D.C. You'll Want to Visit," 10 July 2018 Originally from Cherokee Park in Louisville, Cowan owns a fine and decorative arts auction house in Cincinnati. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "What unusual finds did 'Antiques Roadshow' come across in Louisville?," 25 May 2018 But dealers and collectors said the robust art market and the frenzy building over the couple’s 1,562 lots of fine and decorative art could push the sale total far higher, past $1 billion, which would set a record for an estate auction. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "An Estate Sale With the Rockefeller Touch," 5 May 2018 The collection of about 1,400 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and decorative arts — including works by Rembrandt, Goya, Vermeer and Renoir — has more than doubled since the Frick opened in 1935. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "Frick’s Expansion Is Approved by Landmarks Preservation Board," 26 June 2018 Is there a longer-range plan to sell that property, which Barnes filled with decorative art and Pennsylvania Dutch ironwork? Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Barnes Foundation says St. Joe's lease deal does not mean sales are in the works," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of decorative art

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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