Decorative Arts

The Decorative Arts Collection includes glass, ceramics, silver ware and costumes and textiles.


The Decorative Arts Collection contains of Scottish, British and European ceramic pieces made from fired clay. This includes earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The collection contains tiles, drinking and serving vessels, bowls, dishes, storage jars and decorative items. The most important items in the ceramics collection are from the Clyde Pottery.


The Decorative Arts Collection also contains items made from glass which have decorative or design element in their construction and stained glass works of an architectural or decorative type.


This collection includes European costume of all types: men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and accessories. It covers items used in a wide variety of contexts and contains fashion and leisure wear, uniforms and decorative textiles such as samplers. It does not include council robes of office and military items.


Silverware production was an important craft industry in Greenock in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with a variety of wares being produced by local silversmiths. The local production of silver finished once hallmarking became centralised in 1836.


Metalwork includes Scottish, British and European decorative metalwork in a variety of metals. These items date from the seventeenth century onwards. Many of the items were made for ecclesiastical use and several of these have Inverclyde connections and provenances.

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Page last updated: 13 December 2016