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decorative art

noun
1.
art that is meant to be useful as well as beautiful, as ceramics, furniture, jewelry, and textiles.
2.
Usually, decorative arts. any of the arts, as ceramics or jewelry making, whose works are created to be useful.
3.
works of decorative art collectively.
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  • Mosaic, as is well-known, is the most permanent of all the processes of decorative art.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • What is decorative art, if not a sense of beauty applied to objects of use?

  • That is what your decorative art has become, by help of Kensington!

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • But I can safely assert that we lead in pictorial and decorative art.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • They have been illustrated in a magazine of decorative art in Paris.

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
  • The best example of this is found in the history of the lotus in decorative art.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • Professor Goodyear makes him say that of Greek decorative art as well.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • In all ages when decorative art has flourished, ceilings have been decorated.

    Principles of Decorative Design

    Christopher Dresser
  • My present object is to class and define patterns as decorative art.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • First, the naturalistic, which have by repetition been adapted for decorative art.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford

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