Decorative Arts and Design


Decorative Arts and Design

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The collection includes European and American decorative arts and design from the medieval period to the present. The Arts and Crafts collection, including work from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe, is one of the most comprehensive in the country. Other strengths are 16th-19th century European ceramics, enamels, furniture, glass and metalwork; and modern design, with an emphasis on design from California, and modern and contemporary studio ceramics and glass.

Charles Eames and Ray Eames

Living Room Armchair from the Robert R. Blacker House, Pasadena, California
Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene
Koloman Moser
Dish with Scene from Ariosto’s "Orlando Furioso"
Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo
Maison Froment-Meurice, France

The Magnificent Eleven

Does the focus on blockbuster temporary exhibitions cause us to miss treasures found in our own permanent collections? The Los Angeles Times posed this very question to a dozen curators and art specialists who then composed a list of the best museum pieces throughout the region. Eleven artworks were chosen from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Profoundly varied, pieces range from the ancient to the contemporary. We call them the Magnificent Eleven.

New Acquisition: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Poster for The Scottish Musical Review

Few architects of any period command the reverence that surrounds Charles Rennie Mackintosh; he was the most renowned designer Scotland has produced. And while his genius in creating both buildings and their furnishings has been internationally acknowledged, his contributions to other media are not as well known

Artist Ryan Griffis on Becoming Movable

Under the moniker of Temporary Travel Office, artist Ryan Griffis engages touristic spaces in new ways; he has developed an emergency tourism kit for a city in Norway, and established an embassy for a watershed in Cleveland, among other projects. Recently, we invited him to create something for our website, inspired by a work of his choosing; Becoming Movable is his response to the Fireplace Surround from the Patrick J. King House in Chicago, which is on view in our American art galleries…