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Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

Decorative Arts & Design

The Decorative Arts collection features several thousand works of art from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries with strong holdings in Italian maiolica, European porcelain, and Russian decorative arts. The department evolved first with local collectors' gifts of European ceramics and silver, and now encompasses ceramics, furniture, textiles, glass, and metalwork from Europe and America.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.