Decorative Arts

Gifts of arts-and-crafts-era ceramics and metalwork form Kate Fowler Merle-Smith, and other members of the Merle-Smith family, have become the basis for a collection of decorative arts on either side of 1900. This was a starting point in defining a collection of decorative arts that dates from 1875 to 1925, formed to give contextual richness to our understanding of the Little Library and dimension to Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius.