Room 65: British Silver Pre-1800
On show here is the enormous, flamboyant table centrepiece made by Nicolas Sprimont in 1747 for the Earl of Ashburnham, a baby’s silver rattle with an attachment of coral for teething, a delicate band of silver lace for decorating a dressing table, an Elizabethan gentleman’s gambling counters and a collection of miniature silver toys.
Room 71: Huguenot, Regency and Virtuoso silver
This impressive collection not only provides a broad picture of the development of silver styles and techniques in Europe through the centuries, but represents the work of influential silversmiths such as the Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie and Paul Storr.
Room 83: Sacred Silver & Stained Glass
The richness or simplicity of the vessels used in Christian worship displayed in the sacred silver reflect the different theologies behind them. The stained and painted glass in this room illustrates the art of the glazier and glass painter from about 1140 to the present day.
Silver objects in the V&A range from a third-century Roman ointment pot, to a sixteenth-century Mexican perfume burner, to a table centrepiece created in 2012 by Miriam Hanid. The Museum holds the National Collection of English silver, and has strong collections of European silver, particularly from Spain and Germany. Among these objects are some extraordinary survivals. An English incense holder and censer made around 1325 for the monks of Ramsey Abbey were discovered in the mud of a drained lake in Huntingdonshire, while an exquisite frame made for Louis XIV of France is the only surviving work of royal goldsmith Pierre Germain.