Tuesday, May 15, 2012

From My Personal Collection

Decorative Arts is my passion. I am most moved by luxury material culture. However decorative arts is the red-headed stepchild of fine art. The graduate program I am a student of is aiming to break the barrier between fine art and decorative arts. The division between the two wasn't made until the late 1500s and even then fine art ranked below architecture.

What do you think? Do you think decorative arts is a subcategory of art history? 

Above is an image of a piece from my collection. A small caterpillar statue I got in Kennebunkport. My husband and I were driving back from the beach when we spotted a yard sale. This was no ordinary yard sale though—everything was free! This little guy was still there when we stopped and I feel so lucky to have found a treasure from New England to bring back to DC with me. 

- Grace

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