Room 52b: Spitalfields Silks & Taking Tea

Dress fabric, England, about 1733. Museum no. T.837-1974

Dress fabric, England, about 1733. Museum no. T.837-1974

This room has an interesting combination of objects relating to tea-drinking in the mid 17th century as well as the development of silk-weaving in Spitalfields, London. New furniture and equipment for tea-drinking were initially copies of Chinese designs and decoration but many original English designs soon developed. Spitalfields weavers produced plain and patterned fabrics, with new designs every season. Dress silks were woven in limited lengths to preserve their exclusivity. The designs though influenced by French fashions soon developed a distinctive English style characterised by naturalism and clarity in design and colouring.

Room 52b is on Level 2 of the V&A South Kensington.

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Objects you can find in this gallery:

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

22 March – 13 July 2014. Experience the world of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain and explore how his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for his age when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed an Italian-inspired style.

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V&A Pattern: Spitalfields Silks

V&A Pattern: Spitalfields Silks

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Event - A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution

Thu 01 May 2014–Sun 02 November 2014

DISPLAY: From the 'Votes for Women' campaigns of the early 20th century to the recent 'Occupy'
movements, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise.

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