Decorative Arts and Furniture

Collection Description

Key developments in North American and European decorative arts from 1885–1945 are covered in the collection. Furniture, ceramics, glass, and metal-ware holdings demonstrate the evolution of styles during this period while showcasing the work of important designers, from Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Peter Behrens to Alvar Aalto. In addition, these holdings reveal the ideological and political purposes that can be served by the decorative arts—for example in propaganda porcelains produced in the Soviet Union after the Russian Revolution, or Italian furniture made from materials that expressed the values of economic self-sufficiency espoused by the Fascist Regime. Complementary materials include a large number of books, journals, and portfolios in The Wolfsonian’s library that provide information about how objects were marketed and used.

World peace march
Deutsche Werkkunst der Gegenwart | Contemporary German decorative arts
Het  Pottenbakken
Entrance to Botanical Building, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915
New Mexico: a guide to the colorful state
Stacking chair
Teapot
Cafeteria tray
Souvenir Remington typewriter bank from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Woman with fruit bowl
Mug commemorating the coronation of King George VI
Cup with lid
Goblet: Embassy 4900 Line
Plate: Luft Zeppelin