Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum, named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, was established as a museum of fine and decorative arts in 1852 in South Kensington, London. The permanent collection comprises over 4.5 million objects and artefacts.

The collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum incorporates, jewellery, metalwork, textiles, ceramics, glassware from Europe, North America, North Africa and Asia. 


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Asian Art In London prizewinners

17 November 2008

It was all smiles as ATG Editor-in-Chief Mark Bridge presented the awards to the prizewinners at the Asian Art In London champagne gala reception at the Victoria and Albert Museum on November 4.

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V&A acquire Godwin vases

02 April 2008

Kensington Church Street dealer Paul Reeves did a double-take at Sotheby’s earlier this month. As well as curating their March 20 mixed-owner decorative arts sale titled The Best of British, he also mounted a week-long selling exhibition of his own stock under the same title in their Bond Street Galleries.

Gilbert Collection to leave Somerset House for V&A

12 November 2007

THE Gilbert Collection is to move from Somerset House on London’s Embankment to the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington next year.

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Marlborough silver to remain at V&A

08 May 2007

The Victoria and Albert Museum have secured the funds to acquire this spectacular early 18th century French silver ewer and basin commissioned by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.

Police stage V&A fakes show

23 October 2006

SCOTLAND Yard’s Art and Antiques Unit are staging an exhibition at the V&A to raise awareness among museums, galleries and art dealers of the problem of fakes in London.

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400 years old and still rockin’

02 October 2006

MICK Jagger and Keith Richards may be doing well for 60-somethings, but they’ve got nothing on this old rocker. Dated to 1610, it is thought to be the oldest known rocking horse in the UK and was quite likely made for Charles I.

V&A’s new home for sculpture opens this spring

07 February 2006

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s sculpture collection will be redisplayed this spring in the new Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries.

Potter the pioneer

18 October 2005

With perfect timing in advance of the forthcoming biopic starring Renee Zellweger as Beatrix Potter, the lecture at this year’s AGM of the British Antique Furniture Restorer’s Association was entitled Beatrix Potter – A Pioneer in Regional Furniture Discovery.

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Buzz over the sale of a superior interior

30 March 2005

LAW Fine Art could hardly have timed their latest sale better: a collection of Cotswolds Arts and Crafts with primary provenance by leading practitioners Barnsley, Gimson and Lethaby to be sold on April 5.

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A tile worth taking a Gamble on

30 March 2005

Running alongside the Italian Renaissance Galleries in the V&A are the museum’s three original refreshment rooms dating from the 1860s.

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Heal’s relive an illustrious history – only the prices have changed

08 March 2005

FAMOUS West End department store Heal’s is the sponsor of the V&A’s major spring exhibition, International Arts and Crafts, which will be held at the museum in South Kensington from March 17 to 24.

Gallery in miniature

18 January 2005

The Victoria and Albert Museum will open a new Portrait Miniatures Gallery on March 2.

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Third time unlucky for V&A

10 January 2005

THE V&A has appealed for help from the art and antiques world in tracing the eight bronze plaques thought to be worth a total of £450,000 stolen in the third raid on the museum in three months.

Recollecting success at the V&A

04 January 2005

LAUNCHED with a deal of success last year, when it attracted 10,000 visitors, COLLECT 2005 will be held at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum from January 12 to 17.

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V&A review after second Ceramic Galleries theft

22 December 2004

The Victoria and Albert Museum have updated security following a second theft from their Ceramic Galleries in as many months. While the new systems were installed, the galleries were closed for a week.

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Clive of India flask remains in UK – law change suggested

22 December 2004

A LEADING figure in the world of heritage is calling for a change in the export licence rules – after the decision to keep a valuable work of art in the UK.

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British Museum raid mirrors V&A theft

11 November 2004

POLICE investigating the theft of Tang and Yuan dynasty jewellery and body ornaments from the British Museum on October 29-30 believe the raid could be linked to the theft of Chinese jades from the Victoria and Albert Museum earlier last month.

New sculpture study gallery opens at V&A

28 October 2004

THE V&A have opened the first new gallery in their £30m transformation programme.

Book now for Asian Art in London launch party

22 September 2004

ASIAN Art in London will open with what promises to be a spectacular launch party at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Friday, November 5.

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The genius of Dresser 100 years on

01 September 2004

THE Victoria and Albert Museum’s main autumn exhibition, opening this month, is devoted to a retrospective of Christopher Dresser, the pioneering designer who anticipated many of the major design styles of the 20th century. It is timed to coincide with the centenary of his death in 1904.

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