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 company has expanded to encompass luxury case goods, lighting and decorative arts as well as furniture, textile and carpet lines by Natasha Baradaran, Jean-Louis Deniot, Kimberly Denman, Philip Nimmo, Peggy Platner, Erik Lindström and others. Kelly Vencill Sanchez, latimes.com, "Fine furnishings firm Jean de Merry infuses heart into the home," 10 June 2019 The exhibition features approximately 60 color posters dating from 1875 to 1910, all from the fine and decorative arts collection of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 10-16," 9 June 2019 Its scope is unprecedented: 117 works on display, including paintings, sculpture, textiles, photography, and decorative arts. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the First Major Museum Exhibition Celebrating Native Women Artists," 31 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of decorative art

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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