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decorative art

art that is meant to be useful as well as beautiful, as ceramics, furniture, jewelry, and textiles.
Usually, decorative arts. any of the arts, as ceramics or jewelry making, whose works are created to be useful.
works of decorative art collectively. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • American decorative art is capable de tout, it absorbs all periods.

    The Unknown Quantity Henry van Dyke
  • That is what your decorative art has become, by help of Kensington!

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • Such vigorous action is an unusual motive in decorative art, and perhaps not altogether appropriate.

  • In all ages when decorative art has flourished, ceilings have been decorated.

    Principles of Decorative Design Christopher Dresser
  • Then came the opportunity to do the Camera della Segnatura, that triumph of decorative art.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • My present object is to class and define patterns as decorative art.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • decorative art is making rapid strides, owing to the great amount of building going on during recent years.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • First, the naturalistic, which have by repetition been adapted for decorative art.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • The Anglo-Saxons retained an old tradition of decorative art, and they had among them skilful jewellers.

  • A digression on modern painting, returning to the subject of decorative art.

    Oscar Wilde Arthur Ransome

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