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

Examples of decorative art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sotheby's was established in Britain in 1744 and is currently an American multinational corporation headquartered in New York City, standing as one of the world's largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry, real estate, and collectibles. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Sneakers sporting homage to Obama to go on sale for $25,000," 11 Feb. 2021 The museum showcases Sir William Holburne's fine and decorative art collection that favors bronze sculptures, silver, porcelain, and Dutch landscapes. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Here's How Much the Dreamy Homes in "Bridgerton" Would Cost If They Were on the Market Today," 12 Jan. 2021 The house contains displays of early American interiors, and the museum has one of the largest collections of American decorative art, along with a research library. Washington Post, "Biden put Wilmington on the map — but for garden lovers, it was already a destination," 28 Dec. 2020 His association with decorative art, and his defiant use of vibrant colour, earned him a reputation as a painter of bonheur. The Economist, "Windows of opportunity Matisse’s windows offer glimpses of another life," 31 Oct. 2020 The committee tries to select one decorative arts project and one fine arts project. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "A Frank Lloyd Wright Design Will Have a New Life in London," 27 Feb. 2020 This exquisite William Morris textile is in the permanent collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, a magical castle devoted to archival fashion, jewelry, fabrics and decorative arts. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, "The Designer Who Wore Double-Breasted Suits as a Pre-Schooler," 17 Mar. 2020 This film is both a loving homage to Austen and a celebration of fashion and decorative arts. cleveland, "‘Emma’ review: A hats off to this fun, insanely pretty version of the Jane Austen novel," 4 Mar. 2020 The reimagined galleries are still devoted to British sculpture, design and decorative arts between 1500 and 1900. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "A New Look at Britain’s Old Treasures," 23 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'decorative art.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of decorative art

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about decorative art

Time Traveler for decorative art

Time Traveler

The first known use of decorative art was in 1853

See more words from the same year

Statistics for decorative art

Cite this Entry

“Decorative art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decorative%20art. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on decorative art

What made you want to look up decorative art? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!