Art Deco

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Spanning the boom of the roaring 1920s through to the bust of the Depression-ridden 1930s, Art Deco drew on timeworn traditions while simultaneously celebrating the modern, mechanised world. This extraordinary blend of tradition and progress, combined with a lively eclecticism, is found throughout the V&A's Art Deco objects.

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The Art Deco objects in the V&A collections span furnishings, ceramics, glassware, metalwork, fabrics, prints and fashion. Decorative elegance and exquisite craftsmanship is displayed through the works of Clarice Cliff, Frank Lloyd Wright, Rene Lalique, Emile-Jaques Ruhlmann and Jeanne Lanvin, providing lively insight into the development of one of the world's first truly global design movements.

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Photo of French Committee of Exhibitions, medal, Pierre Turin, 1930 – 1935, France. Museum no. A.25-1980. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
French Committee of Exhibitions, medal, Pierre Turin, 1930 – 1935, France. Museum no. A.25-1980. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Textile, The Calico Printers Association, 1937, England. Museum no. T.264-1987. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Textile, The Calico Printers Association, 1937, England. Museum no. T.264-1987. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Furnishing fabric, designed by Gregory Brown, made by William Foxton Ltd, 1922, England. Museum no. T.325-1934. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Furnishing fabric, designed by Gregory Brown, made by William Foxton Ltd, 1922, England. Museum no. T.325-1934. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Panel, designed by Sigmund Pollitzer, made by Pilkington Ltd, 1933, England. Museum no. C.230-1991. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Panel, designed by Sigmund Pollitzer, made by Pilkington Ltd, 1933, England. Museum no. C.230-1991. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Cigarette box, The British Buttner Pipe Co. Ltd, 1930 – 1935, Scotland. Museum no. W.54-1983. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cigarette box, The British Buttner Pipe Co. Ltd, 1930 – 1935, Scotland. Museum no. W.54-1983. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Archers, vase, designed by René Jules Lalique, made by Lalique glassworks, 1921, France. Museum no. CIRC.380-1970. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Archers, vase, designed by René Jules Lalique, made by Lalique glassworks, 1921, France. Museum no. CIRC.380-1970. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Figure group, designed by John Rattenbury Skeaping, made by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, 1927, Italy. Museum no. C.426-1934. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Figure group, designed by John Rattenbury Skeaping, made by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, 1927, Italy. Museum no. C.426-1934. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Marseille Porte de l'Afrique du Nord, poster, Roger Broders, 1920, France. Museum no. E.3642-1932. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Marseille Porte de l'Afrique du Nord, poster, Roger Broders, 1920, France. Museum no. E.3642-1932. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, poster, Robert Bonfils, 1925, France. Museum no. E.1200-1925. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, poster, Robert Bonfils, 1925, France. Museum no. E.1200-1925. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Dressing table, Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, 1919 – 1923, France. Museum no. W.14:1 to 6-1980. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Dressing table, Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, 1919 – 1923, France. Museum no. W.14:1 to 6-1980. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Clock, B.E. Co, about 1935, China. Museum no. FE.565:1&2-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Clock, B.E. Co, about 1935, China. Museum no. FE.565:1&2-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Door surround, designed by Raymond Hood, made by Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, 1929, England. Museum no. M.75:1 to 14-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Door surround, designed by Raymond Hood, made by Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, 1929, England. Museum no. M.75:1 to 14-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Desk, designed by Sir Edward Brantwood Maufe, made by W. Rowcliffe, 1925, England. Museum no. Circ.898-1968. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Desk, designed by Sir Edward Brantwood Maufe, made by W. Rowcliffe, 1925, England. Museum no. Circ.898-1968. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Frieze panel (detail), designed by Walter Gilbert, made by Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Art, 1933, England. Museum no. M.262-1984. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Frieze panel (detail), designed by Walter Gilbert, made by Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Art, 1933, England. Museum no. M.262-1984. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Evening dress, Jeanne Lanvin, 1935, France. Museum no. T.340-1965. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Evening dress, Jeanne Lanvin, 1935, France. Museum no. T.340-1965. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Falbalas et Fanfreluches. Almanach des modes…, fashion plate, George Barbier, 1924, France. Museum no. E.626-1954. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Falbalas et Fanfreluches. Almanach des modes…, fashion plate, George Barbier, 1924, France. Museum no. E.626-1954. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Hat, Kilpin Ltd, about 1925, England. Museum no. T.442-1977. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Hat, Kilpin Ltd, about 1925, England. Museum no. T.442-1977. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Table lamp, designed by Poul Henningsen, made by Louis Poulsen, 1927, Denmark. Museum no. M.26-1992. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Table lamp, designed by Poul Henningsen, made by Louis Poulsen, 1927, Denmark. Museum no. M.26-1992. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Brooch, Raymond Templier, about 1930, France. Museum no. M.134-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Brooch, Raymond Templier, about 1930, France. Museum no. M.134-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Hair comb, unknown maker, 1923, France. Museum no. T.119-1972. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Hair comb, unknown maker, 1923, France. Museum no. T.119-1972. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Cup and saucer, designed by Eric Slater, made by Shelley Potteries, 1930 – 1931, England. Museum no. C.162:1&2-2003. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cup and saucer, designed by Eric Slater, made by Shelley Potteries, 1930 – 1931, England. Museum no. C.162:1&2-2003. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Wireless radio, designed by J. K. White, made by E. K. Cole Ltd, 1932, England. Museum no. CIRC.755-1966. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Wireless radio, designed by J. K. White, made by E. K. Cole Ltd, 1932, England. Museum no. CIRC.755-1966. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Josephine Baker, figure, Fritz Lampl, about 1925, England. Museum no. C.22-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Josephine Baker, figure, Fritz Lampl, about 1925, England. Museum no. C.22-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Spirit of the Wind, car mascot, designed by René Jules Lalique, manufactured by Lalique glassworks, about 1925, France. Museum no. CIRC.199-1972. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Spirit of the Wind, car mascot, designed by René Jules Lalique, manufactured by Lalique glassworks, about 1925, France. Museum no. CIRC.199-1972. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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