Europe 1600-1815

Our recently opened Europe 1600-1815 galleries contain over 1100 examples of 17th- and 18th- century European art and design. The collection comprises some of the most magnificent works held by the V&A made by the finest artists and craftsmen for the period’s most discerning leaders of taste.
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Royal: A set of twelve German silver dinner plates for Frederick the Great, Christian Lieberkühn the Younger, Berlin, 1746-47 | lot | Sotheby's

Royal: A set of twelve German silver dinner plates for Frederick the Great, Christian Lieberkühn the Younger, Berlin, 1746-47 | lot | Sotheby's

Coat and trousers worn by Louis XVII, Louis Charles de France, Duke of Normandy (1785-1795), c.1792. Pink taffeta, round wooden buttons covered with pink silk thread © Eric Emo / Galliera / Roger-Viollet

Coat and trousers worn by Louis XVII, Louis Charles de France, Duke of Normandy (1785-1795), c.1792. Pink taffeta, round wooden buttons covered with pink silk thread © Eric Emo / Galliera / Roger-Viollet

Automaton clock in the form of a lion, ca. 1620–35. Clockmaker: Karl Schmidt (German, ca. 1590–1635/36, working 1614). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, 1929 (29.52.15)

Automaton clock in the form of a lion, ca. 1620–35. Clockmaker: Karl Schmidt (German, ca. 1590–1635/36, working 1614). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, 1929 (29.52.15)

Bodice Place of origin: England, Great Britain Date: 1630-1639 Materials and Techniques: Silk satin, silk taffeta, canvas, buckram and whalebone, handsewn Museum number: 172-1900 | V&A

Bodice

Bodice Place of origin: England, Great Britain Date: 1630-1639 Materials and Techniques: Silk satin, silk taffeta, canvas, buckram and whalebone, handsewn Museum number: 172-1900 | V&A

Coat, waistcoat and breeches, dark brown wool, with steel-cut buttons, French, ca. 1780. V&A

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Coat, waistcoat and breeches, dark brown wool, with steel-cut buttons, French, ca. 1780. V&A

1735-1740, England - Mantua - Brocaded silk, hand-sewn with spun silk and spun threads, lined with linen, brown paper lining for cuffs, brass, canvas and pleated silk

Mantua

1735-1740, England - Mantua - Brocaded silk, hand-sewn with spun silk and spun threads, lined with linen, brown paper lining for cuffs, brass, canvas and pleated silk

Medal cabinet, Martin Guillaume Biennais, c. 1810, Paris. l Victoria and Albert Museum

Medal cabinet

Medal cabinet, Martin Guillaume Biennais, c. 1810, Paris. l Victoria and Albert Museum

Figure of Minerva, Johann Joachim Kändler (modelled), 1747, Meissen, Germany. Glazed porcelain l Victoria and Albert Museum

Figure

Figure of Minerva, Johann Joachim Kändler (modelled), 1747, Meissen, Germany. Glazed porcelain l Victoria and Albert Museum

Christening cup and cover, Edward Feline, 1731, London, l Victoria and Albert Museum

Christening cup and cover

Christening cup and cover, Edward Feline, 1731, London, l Victoria and Albert Museum

Fireplace with perfume burner  and urns, made at the Russian Imperial Arms Factory, about 1800, Russia  (Tula), burnished steel with applied decoration in gilded copper alloy. l Victoria and Albert Museum

Fireplace with perfume burner and urns, made at the Russian Imperial Arms Factory, about 1800, Russia (Tula), burnished steel with applied decoration in gilded copper alloy. l Victoria and Albert Museum

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