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Nymph reclining with a nymph playing a lyre

Learn more about art works that make up the Royal Collection

Decorative Arts

A silver-gilt convex shield with a central medallion cast in high relief showing Apollo in a quadriga, surrounded by stars and female figures representing the constellations. The broad border is cast in low relief with scenes of human life (a wedding and

Shield of Achilles ©

Although the Royal Collection is best known for its paintings, a far larger proportion of the contents of the royal palaces falls into the category of the decorative arts, including European and oriental porcelain, gold and silver, tapestries, weaponry, jewellery, gold boxes and works by Fabergé.

Arms and Armour

Displays of weaponry have been a feature of royal palaces since the 17th century


The Royal Collection contains the world's greatest collection of Sèvres, along with other treasures


The Royal collection of Fabergé is unequalled in size and quality


The Collection includes both functional furniture and pieces bought as collectibles

Jewels and Insignia

Precious gems have always played a role in presenting the magnificence of the monarchy

Oriental and Indian Works of Art

These cover almost every aspect of the decorative arts of China and Japan

Silver and Gold

This collection was largely formed after the Restoration in 1660


Sculpture has both been commissioned and bought as antiques


There are over 100 early tapestries at Hampton Court Palace

Information and access to Decorative Arts

The collections are available to view at a number of Royal Palaces

General bibliography

Further reading on the decorative arts