Decorative Arts

The Decorative Arts collection at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery contains over 2,000 objects made from ceramics, metal, glass and textiles.  From local Sussex pottery to Meissen porcelain and embroidered samplers to elaborate pocket watches, these objects show the artistry and ingenuity of craftsmakers from both the UK and Europe.


  • Sussex pigs are a signature design of the Rye Pottery, the smaller pig is inscribed with 'wun't be druv'
    Sussex pigs

    These Sussex pigs were made around 1860 and are a ...

  • A jardiniere or bough pot made at the Derby Porcelain Factory c1840
    Derby jardiniere

    This fancy jardiniere, or bough pot, was made at ...

  • The Dancing Hours Vase made by Josiah Wedgwood is based on a Roman frieze from the Villa Borghese in Rome
    Dancing Hours Vase

    This is known as the Dancing Hours Vase, made by ...

  • The Modena Dish shows three separate hunting scenes with figures chasing a wild boar, stag and hare
    Maiolica Dish

    Known as 'The Modena Dish', this is believed to ...

  • Ceramic tureen painted to look like asparagus
    Asparagus tureen

    Made at the Chelsea porcelain factory c 1756. Red ...

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