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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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A Large 19th C. Acoma Four Color Pot
Apr 28, 11:00 AM MST
A Large 19th C. Acoma Four Color Pot
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $5,000- $10,000
$3,12036 Bids
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LARGE! ISABEL TSOSIE NAVAJO STORM PATTER RUG / WEAVING
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
LARGE! ISABEL TSOSIE NAVAJO STORM PATTER RUG / WEAVING
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1,50027 Bids
A sterling silver cutlery set by various makers
Apr 21, 7:00 PM AEST
A sterling silver cutlery set by various makers
by Lawsons
Est: AUD4,000- AUD6,000
AUD1,30026 Bids
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GW NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE RATTLESNAKE BELT
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
GW NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE RATTLESNAKE BELT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$80023 Bids
A 19th C. Baccarat Crystal Vaucluse
Apr 28, 11:00 AM MST
A 19th C. Baccarat Crystal Vaucluse
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $500- $2,500
$68021 Bids
Sterling Silver Flatware
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Flatware
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$1,80021 Bids
Swarovski Pink Cockatoos Bird Figurine - Signed
May 08, 11:00 AM EDT
Swarovski Pink Cockatoos Bird Figurine - Signed
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $400- $800
$25019 Bids
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JAMES AYERS "FACE OF COURAGE" OIL ON CANVAS
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
JAMES AYERS "FACE OF COURAGE" OIL ON CANVAS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$13019 Bids
LTD Edition Disney SWAROVSKI Crystal Steamboat Willie MICKEY MOUSE Figurine
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
LTD Edition Disney SWAROVSKI Crystal Steamboat Willie MICKEY MOUSE Figurine
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$50018 Bids
S. Kirk and Son Monogramed Sterling Silver Flatware Set
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CDT
S. Kirk and Son Monogramed Sterling Silver Flatware Set
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$70017 Bids
EX Rare 17in LALIQUE France Blue Crystal Great White Shark in Original Box
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
EX Rare 17in LALIQUE France Blue Crystal Great White Shark in Original Box
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6,000- $12,000
$4,72517 Bids
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IGNATIUS PALMER APACHE WARRIOR GOUACHE ON BOARD
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
IGNATIUS PALMER APACHE WARRIOR GOUACHE ON BOARD
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$64017 Bids
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VERNON HASKIE NAVAJO 14K YELLOW GOLD CORAL CUFF
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
VERNON HASKIE NAVAJO 14K YELLOW GOLD CORAL CUFF
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$5,60017 Bids
19th C Vermeil Sterling Chalice and Paten, Saints
Apr 20, 11:00 AM EDT
19th C Vermeil Sterling Chalice and Paten, Saints
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $100- $15,000
$1,20017 Bids
Two Southwest Native American Woven Basket Bowls
Apr 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Southwest Native American Woven Basket Bowls
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1,10016 Bids
Marry Ellen Navajo Gem Grade Sonoran Gold Turquoise Large Long 18 Turquoise Stones Lariat Necklace
Apr 21, 10:00 AM MDT
Marry Ellen Navajo Gem Grade Sonoran Gold Turquoise Large Long 18 Turquoise Stones Lariat Necklace
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$85016 Bids
Yossi Swed Silver Galleon Form Havdalah Set
May 04, 10:00 AM MST
Yossi Swed Silver Galleon Form Havdalah Set
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$2,75016 Bids
Monolithic Axe
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Monolithic Axe
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$80016 Bids
Beaded Sioux Pictorial Pipe Bag
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Beaded Sioux Pictorial Pipe Bag
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$85016 Bids
Signed Large Murano Art Glass Birds Perched
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Signed Large Murano Art Glass Birds Perched
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$17016 Bids
DESIGNER FASHION PLATES, frame: 63 x 67 x 2 cm
Apr 21, 8:00 PM AEST
DESIGNER FASHION PLATES, frame: 63 x 67 x 2 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD13016 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Decorative Art


Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Apollo Art Auctions

Apollo Art Auctions