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Public databases for the study of applied arts

  1. 1.       General databases

Europeana – assorted items from European public collections

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur – Database of Bildarchiv Foto Marburg 

Google Art Project – Selected art works from 230 museums worldwide

  1. 2.     Museum databases with substantial entries on the decorative arts

London, The Victoria and Albert Museum – Collection Database

London, British Museum – Collection Database

London, The Wallace Collection – WallaceLive

Oxford, Ashmolean Museum – Online Collections

UK, the Royal Collection

UK, the National Trust database

Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum - SMB-digital

Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum - Objektkatalog

Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum - Objektdatenbank

Paris, the Louvre collection database

France, Joconde – joint catalogue of French museums

France, selected online catalogues and photograph database of RMN museums

Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Collections and collections database

Belgium, KIK-IRPA – joint catalogue of Belgian collections

Florence – Online catalogue of Florentine museums (including the Museo Nazionale de Bargello,  Museo degli Argenti, Galleria del Costume, Museo delle Porcellane and Museo Bardini;  with complex search facility)

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum – collections and photograph databases

Vienna, Museum für Angewändte Kunst – MAK-Sammlung online

Sweden, database of the Livrustkammaren and Skokloster collections

St Petersburg, Hermitage – Digital Collection

Washington, National Gallery – Collections

New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Search the Collections

New York, The Frick Collection

New York, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (Smithsonian) – Search the Collections

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts - Collections

Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum – Explore the Collections

Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art – Collection online

Baltimore, The Walters Art Museum – Online collection

Corning, Corning Museum of Glass – Collection Search

Database of Romania's cultural heritage – movables

Budapest, Database of the Ethnographic Museum

  1. 3. General library, bibliographic and text databases

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA + RILA, 1975-2007)

OPAC, the joint catalogue of the libraries of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, the Institute of History of Art in Florence and the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome

Getty Vocabularies – the Getty Institute's structured, thematic online dictionaries

Iconclass – website of the Iconclass thematic classification system

Getty Research Portal

Kunstwissenschaftliche Literatur – digital (Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg)

Directory of Open Access Journals - Art and Architecture

Old inventories of Florentine museums

Teaching material of Eötvös Loránd University Institute of Art History

Hungarian Digital Museum Library (access to archives of Ars Decorativa and its predecessor the Applied Arts Museum Yearbook)

Magyar Iparművészet journal, 1897-1930 (Electronic Periodical Archives and Database)

Metropolitan Museum publications (downloadable catalogues)

West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture (BGC New York)

Hungarian Electronic Library

Transylvania digital database

  1. 4.       Thematic databases, journals and special museum databases

Timeline of Furniture History

Palissy Database

The Golden Age of French Furniture in the Eighteenth Century 

Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi 

Corpus Vitrearum International

The Stained Glass Museum 

Corning Museum of Glass

Vidimus - Online magazine dedicated to medieval stained glass.

Renaissance Maiolica

Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent 

History of Pottery and Porcelain

British Museum Pottery Highlights

Textile Dictionary 

Textile Conservation Centre 

Studies in Western Tapestry

La Couturière Parisienne 

The Costume Society

The Goldsmiths' Company 

Antique Jewelry University 

Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry

Gothic Ivories Project – The Courtauld Institute of Art

International Ivory Society 

Pilgerzeichenbank – Pilgrim badges (Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum)

Elaine C. Block Database of Misericords – Index of Christian Art, Princeton

The Gertrude and Robert Metcalf Collection of Images of Stained Glass – Index of Christian Art, Princeton

The Corpus of Medieval Narrative Art 

MIMO – Musical Instrument Museums Online

Tesoro dei Medici

Discover Islamic Art (material of 40 museums in 18 countries, Museum With No Frontier)

The Chace Catalogue – the American Textile History Museum database

Biblioteca Textilia Historiae (Stichting Egress Foundation)

PotWeb: Ceramics online (Ashmolean Museum)

Decorative Arts and Material Culture - the University of Wisconsin-Madison database

Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (Craftsman database)

The Quilt Index

Portail Design – 20th and 21st century pieces in French collections

The Curated Object – database of decorative arts exhibitions

Sotheby’s – sold lot database

Christies – sold lot database

Dorotheum – sold lot database

ICOM-ICDAD - the ICOM International Committee of Decorative Arts and Design

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