Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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.

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V&A Jasmine Silver Tip Tea||RLCTB

V&A Jasmine Silver Tip Tea||RLCTB

Jasmine Silver Tip Tea sourced from small, traditional tea gardens in the Fujian Mountains in China. Hand-scented six times with fresh Jasmine flowers…

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Event - Personal favourites: Gold and Silver from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

Sat 01 November 2014–Sat 24 October 2015

DISPLAY: Superlative silver was the first area in which Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913-2001), one of the great collectors of the twentieth century, collected. From the 1960s onwards the London-born Los Angeles property tycoon sought expert advice, but also made some idiosyncratic choices.

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