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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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  • In the thirteenth century the decorative arts had attained a high perfection in England.

  • And where colour is loved the arts flourish, as the decorative arts flourished in Ireland.

  • All over England there is a Renaissance of the decorative arts.

    Intentions Oscar Wilde
  • As the passion for sumptuous interiors grew all the decorative arts were put into requisition.

    Rome Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • They assert that their fellow castemen are still employed in turning, painting, and other decorative arts at Goa.

  • The decorative arts arise from, and should properly be attendant upon, architecture.

    Travels in South Kensington Moncure Daniel Conway
  • Each group of mankind has its own style and favourite manner, more particularly in the decorative arts.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • They entered him at the School of decorative arts, another piece of good fortune.

  • In fact, elegant book-binding is coming to be recognized as one of the foremost of the decorative arts.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
  • The mummy wrappings reveal very distinctly the development of the textiles and decorative arts.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
Contemporary definitions for decorative arts
plural noun

any of the arts that create entities that are both useful and beautiful's 21st Century Lexicon
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