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This room looks at the development of British art and design in the late 17th and early 18th centuries as a result of Britain's burgeoning trade with Asia and the Americas. Tea, spices, porcelain, lacquer, silks and cottons were imported from Asia. The fashion for imports from Asia stimulated imitations and adaptations, in particular, painted furniture which was described as 'japanned'. British makers often did not distinguish between the different countries of 'the Indies' and mixed images and motifs to create what appeared to them to be an exotic effect.

Room 56c is on Level 2 of the V&A South Kensington.

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What is Luxury?

25 April – 27 September 2015. What is Luxury? interrogates ideas of luxury today, addressing how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.

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Design and the Decorative Arts: Victorian Britain 1837-1901

Design and the Decorative Arts: Victorian Britain 1837-1901

The V&A's bestselling Design and the Decorative Arts, Britain 1500-1900 is now available in three separate paperback volumes. This volume tells the st…

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Event - Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics

Sat 31 January 2015–Sun 03 January 2016

DISPLAY: Blue-and-white printed ceramics are a pronounced British phenomenon with continued appeal for potters, artists and consumers. At its very best ceramic printing in blue results in a high-quality, technically precise and aesthetically pleasing decoration, enabling a rapid design response to society and culture.

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