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Collection: Decorative Arts



Leg Splint Vase Folding Invalid Chair Cabinet-Secretary Tray or Waiter Vase Weil-Worgelt Study "Normandie" Pitcher Cabinet Sparton Table Radio Flask Century Vase Side Chair (Taburete) Salt Shaker Salt Shaker Pedestal Ewer Baby Oil Pourer "Diamond" Armchair Table Tankard Vase Convertible Bed in Form of Upright Piano Armchair "Pedestal" Armchair and Seat Cushion Armchair (Egyptian Revival style) Corner Chair (Modern Gothic style) Coffee Pot Clock Pepper Shaker Salt or Pepper Shaker, One of Pair Flask


The decorative arts 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 collections include some European material, their 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 the next year by a number of pieces of European porcelain. With the arrival of Luke Vincent Lockwood, a noted collector and scholar, in 1914, the focus of the collections shifted from Europe to America. In 1915, we acquired our first period room; although there are twenty-six period rooms installed in the Museum, because of ongoing construction only five that date from the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth century are currently on view. During the 1930s, we began actively exhibiting modern design, focusing on design's relationship to industry.

Our collection of decorative arts is exhibited in our fourth floor galleries and period rooms, and on the fifth floor in the Luce Center for American Art, which includes the Luce Visible Storage • Study Center.

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