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

French Committee of Exhibitions, medal, Pierre Turin, 1930 – 1935, France. Museum no. A.25-1980. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Textile, The Calico Printers Association, 1937, England. Museum no. T.264-1987. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Furnishing Fabric, Gregory Brown (designer), William Foxton Ltd (maker), 1922, England. Museum no. T.325-1934. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Panel, Sigmund Pollitzer (designer), Pilkington Ltd (maker), 1933, England. Museum no. C.230-1991. © 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
Archers, vase, René Jules Lalique (designer), Lalique glassworks (manufacturer), 1921, France. Museum no. CIRC.380-1970. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Figure group, John Rattenbury Skeaping (designer), Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (manufacturers), 1927, Italy. Museum no. C.426-1934. © 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
Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, poster, Robert Bonfils, 1925, France. Museum no. E.1200-1925. © 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
Clock, B.E. Co, about 1935, China. Museum no. FE.565:1&2-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Door surround, Raymond Hood (designer), Birmingham Guild of Handicraft (makers), 1929, England. Museum no. M.75:1 to 14-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Desk, Sir Edward Brantwood Maufe (designer), W. Rowcliffe (maker), 1925, England. Museum no. Circ.898-1968. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Frieze panel (detail), Walter Gilbert (designer), Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Art (maker), 1933, England. Museum no. M.262-1984. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Evening dress, Jeanne Lanvin, 1935, France. Museum no. T.340-1965. © 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
Hat, Kilpin Ltd, about 1925, England. Museum no. T.442-1977. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Table lamp, Poul Henningsen (designer), Louis Poulsen (maker), 1927, Denmark. Museum no. M.26-1992. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Brooch, Raymond Templier, about 1930, France. Museum no. M.134-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Hair comb, unknown maker, 1923, France. Museum no. T.119-1972. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cup and saucer, Eric Slater (designer), Shelley Potteries (manufacturer), 1930 – 1931, England. Museum no. C.162:1&2-2003. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Wireless, J. K. White (designer), E. K. Cole Ltd (maker), 1932, England. Museum no. CIRC.755-1966. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Josephine Baker, figure, Fritz Lampl, about 1925, England. Museum no. C.22-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Victoire, radiator mascot, designed by René Jules Lalique, manufactured by Lalique glassworks, about 1925, France. Museum no. CIRC.199-1972. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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