The RISD museum has received a $2.5 million gift from the Rockefeller family. The money will go to support the museum’s decorative arts department.
The decorative arts refer to objects which have practical uses as well as artistic value; such as furniture, silverware, and vases. In addition to the monetary gift, David Rockefeller, is donating about 43 objects from his personal collection. Museum director John Smith said the most important items include some eighteenth century English furniture.