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

Head of Narcissus
Luck of Edenhall
Blue glass form, blown, René Roubicek at Borské sklo glassworks, Nový Bor, Czechoslovakia, 1959. Museum no. C.21-1998. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Jellyfish installation, a group of seven solid glass forms, shaped as specimen jars, made by Steffen Dam, Handrup (Ebeltoft), Denmark, 2010. Museum no. C.92-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Antarctic Expedition
'Deep Blue and Bronze Gold Persian Set' one of eight parts, Dale Chihuly, 1999, USA. Museum no. C.108-2001. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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