The Silver galleries, V&A

The Silver galleries, V&A

Silver Galleries

Level 3, Rooms 65-69, 70a, 89
Built 1864-9

This run of galleries is in the Classical Revival style, based on 16th century Italian interiors. The rooms were originally meant for the display of ceramics. The frieze, running just under the ceiling, gives the names of the great pottery and porcelain centres around the world.

The two pillars at the entrance to the gallery, near the Ceramic Staircase, are cast iron clad with moulded ceramic tiles. The other columns in the gallery were also like this. Originally, the galleries had windows on both sides and a tiled floor.