Decorative arts is a broad, catch-all category containing any item that has an ornamental or functional purpose. It includes the following:
Accessories: lighting and clocks
Ceramics: pottery and porcelain
Metals: silver, pewter and bronze
Textiles: quilts and carpets
Paper: books and ephemera
Dolls and toys
The above objects may be identified as crafts, applied arts, residential contents or decorative arts. The term decorative arts is still evolving.
Value the Past has expert appraisers in each of the above categories.