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Decorative Art

Decorative Art

Decorative arts refer to a large variety of tangible objects and decorations that have both a practical and aesthetic value. While decorative art is often considered distinct from the fine arts, which include painting and sculpture, this separation is modern made. Decorative art celebrates any precious or crafted object, which may include ceramics and pottery, glass, silverware, and ethnographic artifacts.

What Is Decorative Art?

Although there is much disagreement over what is included in the category, in general, decorative art refers to physical objects and decorations with both practical and aesthetic value. Combining function and form, decorative art objects, such as porcelain and china, tend to have a distinct purpose.

The Decorative Art Auction Market

The factors that drive bidding at decorative art auctions include the condition, provenance, and scarcity value of an item. These qualities don't change substantially over time, thus minimizing speculative collecting. While decorative arts are intended for use, doing so can diminish an items condition and, therefore, overall value. However, for this same reason, collecting decorative arts can be rewarding in a different way compared to art that is only observed.

The decorative art market is subject to the same forces that drive the fine art market, including supply and demand, market manipulation, speculation, and unpredictable highs and lows. Decorative art tends to be more stable than fine art, though the latter attracts more media attention and speculative bidders.

Learn more from the Invaluable Guide to Buying Decorative Art.

Recommended Items at Auction

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NSW Numeric Number Plate '488'
Jul 23, 7:00 PM AEST
NSW Numeric Number Plate '488'
by Lawsons
Est: AUD250,000- AUD350,000
AUD231,00021 Bids
Pair Of Ornate Large Wedgwood Porcelain Urns
Jul 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair Of Ornate Large Wedgwood Porcelain Urns
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$50017 Bids
Four Piece Ellis & Company Hallmarked Silver Tea Service
Jul 31, 6:00 PM EDT
Four Piece Ellis & Company Hallmarked Silver Tea Service
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$52516 Bids
Authentic Sioux Large Beaded Hide Doctor’s Bag Native American with Provenance Medicine Dr
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Authentic Sioux Large Beaded Hide Doctor’s Bag Native American with Provenance Medicine Dr
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $2,500- $5,000
$60016 Bids
Frame of Western Points, Knives
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Frame of Western Points, Knives
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$17514 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Bird Figurine
Jul 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Bird Figurine
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$5014 Bids
Beaded Crow War Shirt
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Beaded Crow War Shirt
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$55014 Bids
(2) Miniature Native American Woven Coil Baskets
Jul 20, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Miniature Native American Woven Coil Baskets
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$22514 Bids
Louis Comfort Tiffany Art Glass Bowl
Jul 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Louis Comfort Tiffany Art Glass Bowl
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$5014 Bids
Catlinite Pipe
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Catlinite Pipe
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$32513 Bids
(4) Hopewell Pipes
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
(4) Hopewell Pipes
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$32512 Bids
Royal Copenhagen Cat Figurine
Jul 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Royal Copenhagen Cat Figurine
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$3412 Bids
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Madonna dei Bambini, Lenci, Turin Italian Ceramics
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Madonna dei Bambini, Lenci, Turin Italian Ceramics
by La Belle Epoque Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$60012 Bids
Indian War Clubs
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Indian War Clubs
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$25012 Bids
Silver Overlay Blown Glass Vase
Jul 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Silver Overlay Blown Glass Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$1612 Bids
Tiffany Sterling Napkin Ring Russian 84 Vodka Cups
Jul 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Tiffany Sterling Napkin Ring Russian 84 Vodka Cups
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$9012 Bids
Plains Hair Bone Breast Plate
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Plains Hair Bone Breast Plate
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$47512 Bids
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5pc Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Lace Tableware Grouping
Jul 17, 2:00 PM EDT
5pc Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Lace Tableware Grouping
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$25012 Bids
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ABORIGINAL WOOMERA + BOOMERANG
Jul 18, 9:00 AM AEST
ABORIGINAL WOOMERA + BOOMERANG
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD11012 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Decorative Art


Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Akiba Galleries

Akiba Galleries