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.

Collection Highlights

medal
French Committee of Exhibitions, medal, by Pierre Turin, 1930 – 35, Paris, France
dress fabric
Surfers, dress fabric, manufactured by Calico Printers' Association, 1937, Manchester, England
furnishing fabric
(Detail) Furnishing fabric, designed by Gregory Brown, manufactured by William Foxton Ltd, 1922, England
panel
Panel, designed by Sigmund Pollitzer, made by Pilkington Ltd, 1933 – 38, St. Helens, England
cigarette box
Cigarette box, manufactured by The British Buttner Pipe Co. Ltd, 1930 – 35, Glasgow, Scotland
vase
Archers, vase, designed by René Jules Lalique, manufactured by Lalique glassworks, 1921, France
figure group
Figure group, designed by John Rattenbury Skeaping, manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, 1927, Etruria, England
poster
Marseille Porte de l'Afrique du Nord, poster, designed by Roger Broders, 1920 – 32, France
poster
Paris, 1925: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, poster, designed by Robert Bonfils, 1925, France
dressing table
Dressing table, designed by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, 1919 – 23, Paris, France
Clock
Clock, B.E. Co, about 1935, China. Museum no. FE.565:1&2-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
door surround
Door surround, designed by Raymond Hood and Stanley Gordon Jeeves, made by Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, 1928, Birmingham, England
desk
Desk, designed by Sir Edward Brantwood Maufe, made by W. Rowcliffe, 1925, London, England
frieze panel
(Detail) Frieze panel, designed by Walter Gilbert, made by Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Art, 1933, Birmingham, England
evening dress
Evening dress, designed by Jeanne Lanvin, 1935, Paris, France
fashion plate
Falbalas et Fanfreluches. Almanach des modes…, fashion plate, designed by George Barbier, 1924, Paris, France
hat
Hat, made by Kilpin Ltd, about 1925, London, England
table lamp
Table lamp, designed by Poul Henningsen, made by Louis Poulsen, 1927, Copenhagen, Denmark
brooch
Brooch, designed by Raymond Templier, about 1930, Paris, France
hair comb
Hair comb, 1923 – 24, France
cup and saucer
Vogue, cup and saucer, designed by Eric Slater, manufactured by Shelley Potteries, 1930 – 31, Fenton, England
wireless
Wireless, designed by J. K. White, made by E. K. Cole Ltd, 1932, Southend-on-Sea, England
figure
Josephine Baker, figure, designed by Fritz Lampl, about 1925, made by Bimini Workshops, about 1940s, England
radiator mascot
Victoire, radiator mascot, designed by René Jules Lalique, manufactured by Lalique glassworks, about 1925, Wingen-sur-Moder., France

Features

Background image: Background image: Frieze panel, 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