Decorative Arts and Design objects were among the first acquisitions of the Cincinnati Art Museum at its inception in 1881, and collecting in this area has continued unabated to the present. The museum is recognized internationally for its fine collection of decorative arts and design which includes almost 7,000 works including furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork and architectural design from the Western world dating from the seventeenth-century to the present. Highlights include furniture, ceramics and metalwork produced by Cincinnati artists and firms; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English silver; eighteenth-century French furnishings and architectural elements; and nineteenth-century English and European ceramics. Other strengths include historic glass from South Jersey, New England and the Midwest; art glass produced by Lalique, Lobmeyr and Louis Comfort Tiffany; American folk art; Art Deco furnishings; and contemporary works in glass, ceramic and wood.
Amy Miller Dehan is the Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. Dehan joined the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2001. She was part of the curatorial team that developed The Cincinnati Wing: The Story of Art in the Queen City and has worked on various installations of the Museum’s American and European art collections. Her writing on decorative arts and design has appeared in catalogues including Cincinnati Silver: 1788–1940; Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art Glass; and Cincinnati Art Carved Furniture and Interiors. She has also been published in The Magazine ANTIQUES, Silver Magazine, Gastronomica, and other periodicals. Dehan has curated multiple exhibitions for the Cincinnati Art Museum, including Cincinnati Silver (2014); The Art of Sound: Four Centuries of Musical Instruments (2012); Going Dutch: Contemporary Design from Local Collections and the Cincinnati Art Museum (2011); Force of Nature: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection (2010); and Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood and Ceramics from the Wolf Collection (2009). Dehan earned her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. from the University of South Carolina. She is an alumnus of The Winterthur Fall Institute and the Attingham Summer School. She held internships and fellowships at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has worked in the field of decorative arts for over ten years.