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The holdings of the Decorative Arts department comprise a vast array of household objects from the United States and Europe.  The thousands of objects of applied art range from the sixteenth century to the present day and include superb examples of furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry and textiles.  The centerpiece of this collection is the Ballantine House, a wing of the Museum that is open during regular museum hours. 


Armchair Jelliff and Co 85.5A-L

Candelabrum 85.5A-L


The Museum's holdings of 19th-Century American furniture and silver are among the finest public collections of this material in the country and include a comprehensive range of styles and forms from this century of revivals. American silver, from colonial to contemporary, documents the evolution of this precious metal in the American home over three centuries.  Take a look at Style, Status, Sterling.

Rookwood Vase 


Also of singular importance are the art pottery and studio pottery collections, one of the best-documented and most comprehensive collections of 20th-Century ceramics in any museum (pictured: "Black Iris" Vase, slip-painted earthenware, Rookwood Pottery, 1909).  In addition to European ceramics from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century, the Museum also has an extensive collection of New Jersey ceramics—both earthenwares and porcelain—reflecting the state's historic role in this industry from colonial times to the 20th-Century.  Take a "virtual tour" of our previous Decorative Arts pottery exhibitions Great Pots and 100 Masterpieces of Art Pottery.

Brooch/Pendant LeBolt and Co. 2000.60.2 


The Newark Museum is one of the few museums in the country to actively collect jewelry, and its extensive holdings have their roots in the city of Newark's role as the center of American fine jewelry industry from the 1850s to the 1950s.  See a recent exhibition of jewelry in Objects of Desire: 500 Years of JewelryAlso take a look at Newark Jewelry Manufacturers' Marks.   



Medallion Quilt 80.91
Newark Museum is famous for its American quilt collection, but its costume and textile holdings encompass thousands of pieces covering several centuries.

In total, this collection is a compelling holding of objects of domestic and international origin—from Lenox porcelain and English ceramics to Jensen silver, Orrefors glass, Jelliff furniture and Tiffany jewelry.





You can contact the Decorative Arts Department at udietz@newarkmuseum.org



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Candelabrum made for the 1939 New York World's Fair, Tiffany and Company, New York City, Purchase 1985 Helen and Carl Egner Memorial Endowment  85.5A-L

Armchair, Jelliff and Company, New Jersey, 1860-1870, Gift of Mrs. John Laimbeer, 1936  36.266A

"Black Iris" Vase, decorated by Charles Schmidt for Rookwood Pottery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1909, Slip-painted porcelaneous earthenware, Purchase 1914, The Newark Museum  14.446

Brooch/Pendant in the art nouveau style, made by LeBolt & Co., Chicago, 1905-1910, Gold, coral diamonds, Gift of Elizabeth Reid Walker, 2000  2000.60.2

Medallion quilt, Mrs. C.S. Conover, New York City, 1855, Pieced silk, Gift of Miss Anne Louise Davis and F. Edgar Davis, 1980  80.



All works shown here are from the Collection of Newark Museum.

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