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Russian tea set; by Peter Carl Fabergé; made before 1896; silver gilt and opaque cloisonne enamel; Cleveland Museum of Art (USA)
Table; 1760-1790; mahogany; 77.5 x 95.9 x 53.3 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City)
Cosmetic box in the shape of an Egyptian composite capital, its cap being in the left side; 664–300 BC; glassy faience; height: 8.5 cm (3​38 in.), width: 9 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art
Burmese chess set; 18th century; ivory with leather;Metropolitan Museum of Art

The applied arts are all the arts that apply design and decoration to everyday and essentially practical objects in order to make them aesthetically pleasing.[1] The term is used in distinction to the fine arts, which are those that produce objects with no practical use, whose only purpose is to be beautiful or stimulate the intellect in some way. In practice, the two often overlap. Applied arts largely overlaps with decorative arts, and the modern making of applied art is usually called design.

Example of applied arts are:


Art movements that mostly operated in the applied arts include the following. In addition, major artistic styles such as Neoclassicism, Gothic art and others cover both the fine and applied or decorative arts.

Museums of Applied ArtsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Applied art" in The Oxford Dictionary of Art. Online edition. Oxford University Press, 2004. Retrieved 23 November 2013.

Further readingEdit

  • Dormer, Peter (ed.), The Culture of Craft, 1997, Manchester University Press, ISBN 0719046181, 9780719046186, google books