Glass

Room 129, The Märit Rausing Gallery

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The V&A's Glass collection is one of the largest and the most comprehensive in the world, showcasing the development of design and technology in glass-making over 3,500 years.

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Our collection is particularly rich in vessel and art glass, with examples from the Italian Renaissance, the Middle-East, 17th – 20th century Britain and Europe, and contemporary art glass from around the world. We also hold an important collection of stained glass from the medieval period onwards.

Collection Highlights

installation
(Detail) Narcissus, installation, by Erwin Eisch, 1972 – 75, Frauenau, Germany
beaker and case
The Luck of Edenhall, beaker and case, 14th century, Middle East
form
Form, made by René Roubicek and Borské sklo glassworks, 1959, Nový Bor, Czechoslovakia
installation
Jellyfish installation, made by Steffen Dam, 2010, Ebeltoft, Denmark
artwork
Antarctic Expedition, artwork, by James Maskrey, 2013, Sunderland, England Antarctic Expedition
multiple form
Deep Blue and Bronze Gold Persian Set, multiple form, by Dale Chihuly, 1999, Seattle, US

Features

Background image: Background image: Jellyfish installation, made by Steffen Dam, Handrup (Ebeltoft), Denmark, 2010. Museum no. C.92-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London