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ddecorative arts - Serving to adorn or embellish; ornamental. An imprecise collective term for such art forms as ceramics, enamels, furniture, glass, metalwork, and textiles, especially when they take forms used as interior decoration.

Sometimes designated the "minor" arts to distinguish them from the "major arts" of architecture, sculpture, painting, and the graphic arts.


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Also see applied arts, brummagem, craft, découpage, Index of American Design, low art.







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