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, amongst the 73,000 items in our collection are 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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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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Tea service of the Emperor Napoleon

This great silver-gilt tea service was created for the Emperor Napoleon and his second wife, the Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, shortly after their wedding in 1810.
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Spencer House sofa

This sofa once graced one of London’s most splendid mansions, part of an opulent 18th century interior scheme which was the height of Georgian fashion.
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