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Collection: Decorative Arts and Design



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