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
Writing cabinet, made by Michael Kimmel, 1750 – 55, Dresden, Germany
Triumph of Harlequin, fan, painted by Felicita Tibaldi Subleyras and Pierre Subleyras, about 1750, Italy
The visit of Louis XIV to the Château de Juvisy, oil painting, by Pierre-Denis Martin, about 1700, France
formal ensemble
Formal ensemble, 1790 – 1800, France
Mask, 1700 – 25, Italy
Clock, made by John Moore & Son, about 1810, France


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