Europe 1600 – 1815

Rooms 1 – 7

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In Europe 1600 – 1815 over 1100 objects from the V&A’s collections of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design are displayed in a suite of seven galleries. The collection comprises some of the most magnificent works held by the V&A.

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These galleries have been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the children of Her Highness Sheikha Amna Bint Mohammed Al Thani, the Friends of the V&A, The Selz Foundation, Würth Group, The Wolfson Foundation, Dr Genevieve Davies, William Loschert, the J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust and many other private individuals and trusts.

Collection Highlights

Writing cabinet, probably by Michael Kimmel, 1750-55, Germany (Dresden), pine veneered with kingwood inlaid with mother-of-pearl, ivory and brass. Museum no. W.63-1977, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Fan with the Triumph of Harlequin, about 1750, Italy (Rome), watercolour on leather with mother-of-pearl sticks. Museum no. T.153-1920, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Visit of Louis XIV to the Château de Juvisy, Pierre-Denis Martin, about 1700, France (Paris), oil on canvas. Museum no. E.293-2013, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Court suit, about 1795-98, probably France, embroidered silk. Museum no. T.148-1924, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mask for Pulcinella, probably 1700-25, Italy, moulded leather. Museum no. W.60-1929, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Clock, case about 1810 with later movement by John Moore and Son of London, France (Paris), gilded copper alloy. Museum no.361-1901, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Background image: Background image: Writing cabinet (detail), probably by Michael Kimmel, 1750 – 55, Dresden, Germany. Museum no. W.63-1977. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London