The Department of International Decorative Arts & Antiquities encompasses Mediterranean and Near Eastern antiquities and British and Continental decorative arts from the 1200s via to 1980, together with some American ornamental arts of the 20th century. Different highlights embrace outstanding examples of plastic artwork , like blown- and pressed-glass vessels, created by the New England Glass Company, the Dorflinger Works, and Tiffany Studios; worthwhile furniture relationship as much as 1820; a range of ceramic and silver objects from the late nineteenth century, together with work designed by Paul Revere.
This subject is something I’ve been mulling over myself for a number of years, especially because, even though I can produce both superb and ornamental artwork, I really feel that the market for every appeals to a unique sort of purchaser and therefore, should be marketed (aka presented) otherwise.
I additionally purchase and enjoy art that I can afford and that speaks to me. Whether a museum will ever need the piece issues to not me. When I buy, it must enchantment to me on a joyous degree and I must be able to have a spot for it in my home.
Objects created in the Arts and Crafts model look back to the handcrafted guild practices of medieval production and typically characteristic particulars indicating handwork (akin to hammered surfaces on metal), stylized motifs from nature, and simple, pure materials that provide their own colours and textures as ornamentation.
As the former exhibition designer on the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, a part of the American Artwork Museum, the question of ornamental, useful and fine artwork is core to the museum’s curatorial mission so it is a query for a higher pay grade” than me too!