Rooms 136 – 146

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The V&A’s Ceramics collections are unrivalled anywhere in the world. Encyclopaedic and global in scope, they encompass the history of fine ceramic production from about 2500 BC to the present day.

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The collections are particularly strong in international contemporary studio ceramics, European porcelain and pottery from 1500 onwards, and ceramics from China, Japan and the Middle East. Highlights include the collections of Italian Renaissance maiolica, Chinese porcelain, Dutch Delft, British and European porcelain, 19th-century art pottery and exhibition pieces, and tiles.

Collection Highlights

flower pyramid
Flower pyramid, made by Greek A factory and Metalen Pot factory, about 1695, Delft, Netherlands
figure group
Polito's Menagerie, figure group, about 1830, Staffordshire, England
(Detail) Figure, by Johann Joachim Kändler, manufactured by Meissen porcelain factory, about 1732, Meissen, Germany
coffee pot
(Detail) Kestrel Coffee Set, coffee pot, designed by Susie Cooper, manufactured by Susie Cooper Pottery, 1932, Burslem, England
sea sculpture
(Detail) Sea sculpture, about 1725, Vietnam
Sausage, sculpture, by Richard Slee, 2006, Brighton, England
Cornovaso, vase, by Alessio Tasca, 1968, Italy