Glass

Room 131

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The V&A's glass collection is one of the largest and the most comprehensive in the world, showcasing the development of design and technology in glass-making over 3,500 years.

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Our collection is particularly rich in vessel and art glass, with examples from the Italian Renaissance, the Middle-East, 17th-20th century Britain and Europe, and contemporary art glass from around the world. We also hold an important collection of stained glass from the medieval period onwards.

Exploring Glass

Photo of Head of Narcissus (detail), Erwin Eisch, 1975, Germany. Museum no. C.222:1 to 8-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Head of Narcissus (detail), Erwin Eisch, 1975, Germany. Museum no. C.222:1 to 8-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of 'Luck of Edenhall', beaker, about 1350, Egypt or Syria. Museum no. C.1 to B-1959. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
'Luck of Edenhall', beaker, about 1350, Egypt or Syria. Museum no. C.1 to B-1959. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Blue glass form, René Roubicek, 1959, Czechoslovakia. Museum no. C.21-1998. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Blue glass form, René Roubicek, 1959, Czechoslovakia. Museum no. C.21-1998. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Jellyfish installation, made by Steffen Dam, Handrup (Ebeltoft),  Denmark, 2010. Museum no. C.92-2011.  © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jellyfish installation, made by Steffen Dam, Handrup (Ebeltoft), Denmark, 2010. Museum no. C.92-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Antarctic Expedition, James Maskrey, 2013, England. Museum no. 106-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Antarctic Expedition, James Maskrey, 2013, England. Museum no. 106-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of 'Deep Blue and Bronze Gold Persian Set', Dale Chihuly, 1999, United States. Museum no. C.108-2001. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
'Deep Blue and Bronze Gold Persian Set', Dale Chihuly, 1999, United States. Museum no. C.108-2001. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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