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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 WMF Art Nouveau silver plate twin dish, the central handle with maiden de
Feb 26, 10:00 AM EST
A WMF Art Nouveau silver plate twin dish, the central handle with maiden de
by Eldred's
Est: $40- $60
$401 Bid
19TH-CENTURY SPONGEWARE BOWL
May 03, 10:00 AM AEST
19TH-CENTURY SPONGEWARE BOWL
by Asté Maison de ventes
Est: $100- $200
$601 Bid
GROUP OF 5 IRISH VERNACULAR CERAMIC BOWLS
May 03, 10:00 AM AEST
GROUP OF 5 IRISH VERNACULAR CERAMIC BOWLS
by Asté Maison de ventes
Est: $50- $80
$301 Bid
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A WMF Art Nouveau silver plate twin dish, the central handle with maiden de
Feb 26, 10:00 AM EST
A WMF Art Nouveau silver plate twin dish, the central handle with maiden de
by Eldred's
Est: $40- $60
$401 Bid
MURANO - Glass object
Dec 31, 12:45 AM CST
MURANO - Glass object
by Figlio Designs Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $200- $300
$601 Bid
Puiforcat French Silver Flatware Set for (18)
Aug 22, 1:15 AM EDT
Puiforcat French Silver Flatware Set for (18)
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10,000- $20,000
$5,0001 Bid
Collection of Silverplate Flatware Pieces
Aug 22, 1:15 AM EDT
Collection of Silverplate Flatware Pieces
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
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An Art Deco silver plate teapot with ebonised handle and finial, the body w
Feb 26, 10:00 AM EST
An Art Deco silver plate teapot with ebonised handle and finial, the body w
by Eldred's
Est: $20- $40
$200 Bids
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BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM PFERD. THÜRINGEN.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM PFERD. THÜRINGEN.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$1500 Bids
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BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM HIRSCH. HANNOVERSCH-MÜNDEN.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM HIRSCH. HANNOVERSCH-MÜNDEN.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
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2 BAROCKE FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT KARTUSCHENDEKOR. BERLIN.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
2 BAROCKE FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT KARTUSCHENDEKOR. BERLIN.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
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2 FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT ARCHITEKTUR.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
2 FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT ARCHITEKTUR.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
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BAROCKER FAYENCE-BIRNKRUG MIT CHINOISERIE. FLÖRSHEIM.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
BAROCKER FAYENCE-BIRNKRUG MIT CHINOISERIE. FLÖRSHEIM.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$1750 Bids
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BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM PFERD. THÜRINGEN.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM PFERD. THÜRINGEN.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$1500 Bids
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BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM HIRSCH. HANNOVERSCH-MÜNDEN.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM HIRSCH. HANNOVERSCH-MÜNDEN.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
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2 BAROCKE FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT KARTUSCHENDEKOR. BERLIN.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
2 BAROCKE FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT KARTUSCHENDEKOR. BERLIN.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
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2 FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT ARCHITEKTUR.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
2 FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT ARCHITEKTUR.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
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BAROCKER FAYENCE-BIRNKRUG MIT CHINOISERIE. FLÖRSHEIM.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
BAROCKER FAYENCE-BIRNKRUG MIT CHINOISERIE. FLÖRSHEIM.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$1750 Bids
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BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM PFERD. THÜRINGEN.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM PFERD. THÜRINGEN.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$1500 Bids
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BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM HIRSCH. HANNOVERSCH-MÜNDEN.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
BAROCKER FAYENCE-WALZENKRUG MIT SPRINGENDEM HIRSCH. HANNOVERSCH-MÜNDEN.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
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2 BAROCKE FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT KARTUSCHENDEKOR. BERLIN.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
2 BAROCKE FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT KARTUSCHENDEKOR. BERLIN.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
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2 FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT ARCHITEKTUR.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
2 FAYENCE-WALZENKRÜGE MIT ARCHITEKTUR.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
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BAROCKER FAYENCE-BIRNKRUG MIT CHINOISERIE. FLÖRSHEIM.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
BAROCKER FAYENCE-BIRNKRUG MIT CHINOISERIE. FLÖRSHEIM.
by Eldred's
Est: $0- $0
$1750 Bids
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Belleek porcelain tea service, etc.
Feb 28, 10:00 AM EST
Belleek porcelain tea service, etc.
by Eldred's
Est: $100- $160
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Decorative Art


Eldred's

Eldred's

Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Figlio Designs Auctioneers and Appraisers

Figlio Designs Auctioneers and Appraisers

Carlo Bonte Auctions

Carlo Bonte Auctions