Our Art and Design collections concentrate on fine examples of European decorative art.

Representing excellence and creativity in metalwork, ceramics, glass, furniture, woodwork, dress and textiles, the collection traces a history of style and innovation from AD1100 to the present day, featuring many Scottish-made examples. From fabulous fashions to exquisite jewellery, Gothic grandeur to 1950s kitsch, our collections include pieces by some of the world’s most celebrated artists and makers, alongside revolutionary designs that have become part of everyday life. 

Side view 13th century reliquary casket (1)

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13th century reliquary casket

This rare and beautiful 13th century reliquary was made in Limoges to house the relics of saint.
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Cloud cabinet

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Cloud Cabinet

This magnificent maple cabinet was designed by Edward William Godwin and painted by the renowned artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
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Hamilton-Rothschild tazza

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Hamilton-Rothschild Tazza

A truly magnificent object, this Byzantine sardonyx bowl mounted on a 16th century gold stand is the most valuable single object in our collection.
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Lennoxlove toilet service

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Lennoxlove toilet service

One of our greatest treasures, the Lennoxlove toilet service was discovered at Lennoxlove, a towerhouse near Haddington, to the east of Edinburgh, shortly after the death of the 12th and last Lord Blantyre in 1900.
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May Morris embroideries

These beautiful hangings were worked around 1900 by May Morris, the daughter of the designer, William Morris, the father of the Arts and Crafts movement.
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Eclipse Blue sculpture

This stoneware sculpture by artist Matthew Chambers is destined for our new Making and Creating gallery.
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