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Storage Conversations

If you’ve recently been to the V&A and walked over the Gilbert Bayes Gallery of Sculpture which runs mid-height between the two Cast Courts, you will have seen that the Italian side has been cleared of the majority of its casts. This was done to both protect the objects from the renovation works and to […]

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Martin with the School of Athens

Tender Loving Care for a ‘well-behaved painting’

This week, I am introducing you to Martin Welsh, one of the technicians working on the Cast Court project and whose ‘magic’ operates in the beautiful frame-supports he builds to facilitate object moves and safe storage. Martin joined the V&A in November 2010, after spending three and a half years building exhibitions at the Imperial […]

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All Change

Approaching the second anniversary of the opening of the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, we have some exciting new arrivals to the galleries on long loan from Her Majesty the Queen – three magnificent bronze busts by Leone Leoni (1509-1590), one of the great unsung heroes of Italian Renaissance sculpture. The busts, installed in late September, […]

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Cast Courts looking north c.1870

Revealing Some Hidden Gems

I joined the V&A just over a year ago and was thrilled to learn that I was going to be working on the Cast Courts project.  Their vast spaces and monumental reproductions of some of the worlds most well known pieces of sculpture and architecture have long been a source of fascination over the years […]

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A new phase has come………..

The first 10 weeks have past and now I am turning to the last few months at the V&A to understand what I do with the journey I have been on. The first 10 weeks focused on understanding parts of the collection, maybe the next 10 weeks will allow me to react to the collection.

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Week ten

TeacupPlace of origin: Nagasaki (made)Date: about 1979 (made)Artist/Maker:Mori, Masahiro (designer) Hakusan Porcelain Company (manufacturer)Materials and Techniques: Porcelain with underglaze blue decorationCredit Line:Given by the designer through the manufacturing factoryMuseum number: FE.106C-1981Gallery location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 23, shelf 5

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Week nine

VasePlace of origin: United States (made)Date: 1983 (made)Artist/Maker:Morrison, Jens (maker)Materials and Techniques: EarthenwareMuseum number: C.174&A-1984Gallery location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Britain & Europe, room 139, case 46, shelf 4

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Week eight

VasePlace of origin: Copenhagen (manufactured)Date: 1982 (designed)Artist/Maker:Manz, Bodil (designer) Bing & Grøndahl (manufacturer)Materials and Techniques: Porcelain with relief moulded and underglaze painted decorationCredit Line: Given by the makerMuseum number: C.142D-1987Gallery location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Britain & Europe, room 139, case 42, shelf 5

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Week seven

Coffee PotPlace of origin: Staffordshire (made)Date: 1957-1968 (made)Artist/Maker:Seeney, Enid (decoration, designer) Arnold, Tom (shape, designer) Ridgway (manufacturers)Materials and Techniques: White earthenware, glazed and printedMuseum number: C.179:1, 2-1991Gallery location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Britain & Europe, room 139, case 41, shelf 5

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Week six

PlatePlace of origin: Meissen (made)Date: ca. 1765-1775 (made)Artist/Maker:Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)Materials and Techniques: Hard-paste porcelain, painted in crimson-purple and giltMuseum number: 1979C-1855Gallery location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Britain & Europe, room 139, case 23, shelf 3

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