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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.

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Photo of Tomb guardian, 700 – 750, China (Tang Dynasty). Museum no. C.48-1955. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Tomb guardian, 700 – 750, China (Tang Dynasty). Museum no. C.48-1955. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Box, 1750 – 1820, China (Qing Dynasty). Museum no. FE.57&57A-1983. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Box, 1750 – 1820, China (Qing Dynasty). Museum no. FE.57&57A-1983. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Teapot, 1700 – 20, China (Qing Dynasty). Museum no. 662-1903. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Teapot, 1700 – 20, China (Qing Dynasty). Museum no. 662-1903. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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

Photo of Moon, chair, Shao Fan, 2004, China. Museum no. FE.329-2005. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Moon, chair, Shao Fan, 2004, China. Museum no. FE.329-2005. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Jade dragon pendant, 1100 – 1000 BC, China. Museum no. A.73-1936. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jade dragon pendant, 1100 – 1000 BC, China. Museum no. A.73-1936. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Neo-Guan, vase, Li Jianshen, 2012, China. Museum no. FE.86-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Neo-Guan, vase, Li Jianshen, 2012, China. Museum no. FE.86-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Wine vessel, 1200 – 1100 BC, China. Museum no. M.5-1935. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Wine vessel, 1200 – 1100 BC, China. Museum no. M.5-1935. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Earthernware model of an ox-drawn cart, 25 – 220, China. Museum no. A.22-1935. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Earthernware model of an ox-drawn cart, 25 – 220, China. Museum no. A.22-1935. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Throne, 1736 – 1795, China. Museum no. W.399:1, 2-1922. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Throne, 1736 – 1795, China. Museum no. W.399:1, 2-1922. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Watercolour, early 19th century, China. Museum no. D.36-1898. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Watercolour, early 19th century, China. Museum no. D.36-1898. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Flask, 1403 – 24, China. Museum no. FE.4-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Flask, 1403 – 24, China. Museum no. FE.4-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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