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Collection: Decorative Arts and Design



Coffee Pot Box "Pedestal" Armchair and Seat Cushion Vase Platter, "Pass in the Catskill Mountains" Celery and Olive Dish from Raymor Modern Stoneware Line Teapot with Cover Folding Chair (Model S88) Gravy Bowl with Lid, "Passaic Falls, State of New Jersey" Sugar Bowl and Cover Vase Teapot Cabinet Cream Pitcher Table Teapot from Raymor Modern Stoneware line Cup and Saucer Table Vase, Chief Shavehead Tray or Waiter Vanity with Mirror Baby Oil Pourer "Skyscraper" Step Table Chest of Drawers, "You Cant Lay Down Your Memories," edition number 45 Casablanca Sideboard Side Chair Cabinet-Secretary Salt Shaker Vase The Council of War "Nirvana" Armchair Vase (City Hall, New York)


The Decorative Arts and Design collection reflects changes in domestic life and design from the seventeenth century to the present. Included are materials ranging from furniture, silver, glass, and ceramics to period rooms and textiles. Although the collection includes some European material, its greatest strength is in American objects.

The earliest pieces of decorative art to enter the collection were silver spoons that came to the Museum in 1902; these were followed by a variety of European porcelain the next year. With the arrival of Luke Vincent Lockwood, a noted collector and scholar, in 1914, the collection's focus shifted from Europe to America. We acquired our first American Period Room in 1915 and went on to acquire more than twenty. During the 1930s, we began actively exhibiting modern design, focusing on its relationship to industry.

Our Decorative Arts and Design collection is on view in our fourth-floor galleries and in the fifth-floor Luce Center for American Art, which includes the Visible Storage • Study Center. Our Period Rooms are closed to the public through June 2024. School groups can make appointments to visit the Jan Martense and Nicholas Schenck houses by contacting