The decorative art collection consists of more than 100,000 ornate design and craft objects which are defined by their practical function. This includes ceramics and glassware; clocks and watches; historic dress and embroidery.

  • 'The Chace Tapestry' depicting a hunting scene in the New Forest, Hampshire. Designed by Heyward Sumner in 1909
  • Chrome plated pocket watch made by Ingersoll, London, dating from the early 20th century.
  • Lady's and kid's shoes, dated between the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  • Decorative-representation-of-a-traditional-Chinese-basket,-dating-from-the-18th-century.
  • Pocket watch with enamelled scene on the case depicting two girls. This watch dates from the late 18th century.
  • Silk dress dating from the 1770's
  • Silver tankard presented to engineer, Tom Thornycroft for his services to the firms wartime manufacturing output, dated 1918

We collect decorative art to inform local people about English material culture and the development of design from the 17th century to the present day.

Objects from our Decorative Art collection are on display across the county in our museums. We also make the collection housed in our museum stores accessible by appointment. Our online database shows a selection of objects some, of which aren’t ordinarily on permanent display.

Where to find a selection of these items

Curtis Museum, High Street, Alton GU34 1BA