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The ceramics collections at the V&A are one of its greatest glories. They are unrivalled in their range, diversity and global reach. A selection of over 100 masterpieces has been brought together to form the Masterpieces Timeline, tracing developments in world ceramics from ancient times to the present.

The timeline draws together potting traditions from across the globe, showing how they interrelate, and how trade and cultural interchange have shaped their histories. The array of stunning objects includes dramatic Chinese funerary sculpture, exquisitely painted Italian Renaissance pottery and boldly modernist wares.

Ancient

1st–10th century

11th–14th century

15th–16th century

17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

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