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decorative art

1. Art produced or intended primarily for utility, including jewelry, furniture, and other crafts.
2. often decorative arts Any of the art forms, such as pottery, weaving, or jewelry making, used to create such art.
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decorative arts

- Any of the arts that create entities that are both useful and beautiful.
See also related terms for useful.
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John Keightley, Hansons Auctioneers' decorative arts specialist, said: "Our vendor bought the glass in a charity shop simply because he liked it.
Pundole explains that the grouping, collectively known as the decorative arts, covers everything that is not labelled as fine art, and that it is definitely gaining momentum among connoisseurs, collectors and fans of the vintage and the whimsical.
Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts focuses on the visual arts in Georgia, the regional and national contexts in which the decorative arts have grown across the state, and international influences on visual and decorative arts in Georgia.
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