The Decorative Arts Museum houses more than 15,000 objets d'art, furniture and tapestries from all over Spain, plus many from China. One of the most prized rooms is the fifth-floor tiled kitchen, painstakingly transferred from an 18th-century Valencian palace, whose 1,604 painted tiles depict a domestic scene, with a huddle of servants making hot chocolate. Also of great interest is the second floor, where the Spanish baroque pieces are concentrated, among them ceramics from Talavera and Teruel, textiles, gold and silver work, and jewellery cases from the 'Tesoro del Delfín' ('Treasure of the Grand Dauphin'), the rest of which is in the Prado. Elsewhere are 19th-century dolls' houses, antique fans, an ornate 16th-century four-poster bedstead and a Sèvres jug given to Queen Isabel II by Napoleon III.
Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas
|Venue name:||Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sat 9.30am-3pm; Sun 10am-3pm|
|Transport:||Banco de España (M: L2)|
|Price:||€2.40; €1.20 students; free under-18s, over-65s. Free Sun.|