Furniture

Rooms 133 – 135

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The V&A has been collecting furniture and woodwork for over 150 years. This diverse collection is unrivalled for breadth and quality, spanning over six centuries of British and international furniture production – from Japanese lacquer and furniture from the 1851 Great Exhibition, to innovative contemporary design.

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Examples from East Asia, South Asia and the Islamic Middle East sit alongside more than 14,000 pieces made in the West, from moveable furniture and clocks to musical instruments, plastic and leatherwork, and fragments of architectural woodwork both large and small. Highlights include the Great Bed of Ware (about 1590), Ranjit Singh's golden throne (1820 – 30) and the magnificent carved and gilded interior of the Norfolk House Music Room (1748 – 1756).

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Photo of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's throne, Hafiz Muhammad, 1820 – 30, Pakistan. Museum no. 2518(IS). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Maharaja Ranjit Singh's throne, Hafiz Muhammad, 1820 – 30, Pakistan. Museum no. 2518(IS). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Cassone chest, about 1488, Italy. Museum no. 47-1882. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cassone chest, about 1488, Italy. Museum no. 47-1882. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Screen, Eileen Gray, about 1924, France. Museum no. W.21-1972. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Screen, Eileen Gray, about 1924, France. Museum no. W.21-1972. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Sketch Chair, designed by Front, Sweden and printed by Alphaform, 2005, Finland. Museum no. W.10-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Front, Stockholm
Sketch Chair, designed by Front, Sweden and printed by Alphaform, 2005, Finland. Museum no. W.10-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Front, Stockholm

Photo of The Yatman Cabinet, designed by William Burges, made by Harland & Fisher, 1858, England. Museum no. CIRC.217-1961. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Yatman Cabinet, designed by William Burges, made by Harland & Fisher, 1858, England. Museum no. CIRC.217-1961. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of ESU 421-C Storage Unit, designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Furniture Co., 1949 – 52, USA. Museum no. W.5-1991. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
ESU 421-C Storage Unit, designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller Furniture Co., 1949 – 52, USA. Museum no. W.5-1991. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Console Table, designed by William Kent and probably made by John Boson, about 1730, England. Museum no. W.14-1971. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Console Table, designed by William Kent and probably made by John Boson, about 1730, England. Museum no. W.14-1971. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Great Bed of Ware, 1590 – 1600, England. Museum no. W.47-1931. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Great Bed of Ware, 1590 – 1600, England. Museum no. W.47-1931. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Garden egg chair, designed by Peter Ghyczy, made by Elastogran GmbH, 1998 – 71, Germany. Museum no. W.8-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Garden egg chair, designed by Peter Ghyczy, made by Elastogran GmbH, 1998 – 71, Germany. Museum no. W.8-2007. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Medal Cabinet, probably the workshop of Martin-Guillaume Biennais after a design by Charles Percier, about 1810, France. Museum no. W.8-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Medal Cabinet, probably the workshop of Martin-Guillaume Biennais after a design by Charles Percier, about 1810, France. Museum no. W.8-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Bell cittern, Joachim Thielke, about 1700, Germany. Museum no. 1122-1869. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Bell cittern, Joachim Thielke, about 1700, Germany. Museum no. 1122-1869. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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