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. 

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Pablo Picasso's Capra

Created in 1954, this glass sculpture marked a new collaboration between Picasso, glassmaker Egidio Costantini and the famed Fucina degli Angeli in Murano, Italy.
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De Lucci table

This rare 17th century table, destined for our new art, design and fashion galleries, is an exceptional example of exuberant baroque design.
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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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Lucile dress

This evening dress of bright leaf green and red shot silk is by the Maison Lucile Ltd, founded by Lady Duff Gordon, and will be on display in the new galleries in 2016.
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Millennium clock tower

The finished clock tower echoes the form of a medieval cathedral, standing just over ten metres high. It marks the passing of time but is also a summary of the best and worst of the twentieth century.
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Wedgwood plates by Eduardo Paolozzi

These rare Wedgwood plates were designed by the famous Scottish artist and sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
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