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Scottish Decorative Arts and Design

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Glasgow Museums has an extensive collection related to Scottish decorative arts and design. It contains approximately 13,700 objects, which date from about 700 to the present.

This collection comprises a wide range of materials, including ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, metalwork, drawings, prints, posters, books, manuscripts and furniture. One of the highlights of the collection is the work of the internationally renowned architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Notably, the collection includes a near-complete series of interiors from his Ingram Street Tearooms. Providing context for Mackintosh’s work is our important collection of work by Glasgow Style artists and designers from the period 1890–1920. The ceramic collection also has a distinct Glasgow connection, and includes some rare pieces attributed to the Delftfield Pottery, which opened in the Broomielaw in 1748. Many other objects date from the 19th century – the pinnacle of Scottish manufacturing. These include stained-glass windows and panels, designs and cartoons, and also glass items such as tableware, vases and bottles. Metalwork objects include those used for domestic, ecclesiastical, regimental and civic life. The collection’s jewellery features women’s accessories, and badges and insignia from both military and civilian sources.