China

Rooms 44 & 47e, The T.T. Tsui Gallery

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The V&A has one of the most comprehensive and important collections of Chinese art outside East Asia, with pieces dating from 3000 BC to the present day.

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The V&A acquired its first group of Chinese objects in 1852 and today the collection amounts to approximately 18,000 objects, with examples from all branches of Chinese art including ceramics, jade, metalwork, lacquer, textiles, furniture, sculpture, ivory, bamboo, rhinoceros horn, glass, paintings, manuscripts and prints. The collection is particularly strong in the applied arts of later dynastic China, after AD 1500.

Collection Highlights

tomb guardian
Tomb guardian, 700 – 750, China
box
Eight geese box, 18th century, China
teapot
Teapot, 1700 – 20, Yixing, China
Daoist robe
Daoist robe, 1650 – 1700, China
chair
Moon, chair, designed by Shao Fan, 2004, Beijing, China
pendant
Pendant, about 1100 – 1000 BC, China
vase
Neo-Guan, vase, by Li Jianshen, 2012, Jingdezhen, China
vessel
Vessel, 1200 – 1100 BC, China
Earthernware model
Man on ox cart, earthernware model, 5 – 220, China
throne
Throne, 1736 – 95, China
painting
Painting, 1870 – 90, China
flask
Flask, 1403 – 24, Jingdezhen, China

Features

Background image: Background image: Daoist robe, 1650 – 1700, China (Qing Dynasty). Museum no. T.91-1928. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London