Climb in and fasten your seat belt. We're flying over to London and
taking a quick tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Road trip!
Often called the V&A, the Victoria and Albert Museum holds the world's largest collection of decorative arts. Founded in 1852 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the V&A covers over 12 acres, consists of 145 galleries, and houses over 4.5 million objects spanning 5,000 years of art. That's a lot of stuff.
There is a category for every type of collectible from around the world: jewelry, clothing, painting, porcelain, glass, toys, furnishings - the list seems endless. There's even an extensive collection of antique and historic cloth fragments with pieces dating back several thousand years.
The red silk remnant, right, was found near the Limes Watchtower in China and dates back to 200 BC.
Though unappetizing today, porcelain animal head
soup tureens were popular in the mid-18th Century.
This boar's head was imported from China by the
Dutch East India Company between 1760-1770.
Silversmith Sir Edward Thomason is credited with manufacturing
these bottle tickets, the precursor to the decanter labels. ca 1830-1831
Lady's shoe, ca 1720, left; lady's boot, ca 1850, right
Man's boot, ca 1845, left; woman's boot, ca 1865, right
Little boy's leather shoes, ca 1850
This 16th century German-made brooch was
donated to the museum by Dame Joan Evans.
It's hard to imagine that tea was a luxury that only the wealthy could afford. This tea caddy was made in Guangzhou, China, and imported to England in 1790.
The perforated neck of this vase identifies it as a scent jar. Usually placed on a mantle, the vessel was filled with potpourri and it served as an air freshener. ca 1826
Child's christening cap, jacket and collar, Belgium lace, ca 1650
Designed to resemble a six-sided Gothic tower, this pierced silver verge head was made in Valencia, Spain, in the mid-16th Century. Attached to the top of a rod, it was carried by a verger, a church official, during high ceremonies.
Found in the ruins of the Kirkstall Abbey, Yorkshire, by John Dixon in 1829, this fragment of an ivory chess piece has been dated to 1140 AD.
Lady Clementina Hawarden, South Kensington, 1862
The 17th-century hand-embroidered woman's waistcoat was worn in the portrait of Margaret Layton, ca 1610. In the painting, Margaret Layton wears the waistcoat with an Italian needle lace collar and cuffs over a black velvet gown.
Egyptian made 19th Century silver filigree earrings
These late 19th Century learning blocks were manufactured in the United States by the J.A. Crandall Company.
A rare lot of German-made doll clothes
and a pair of wood dolls, ca 1830
I don't know about you but today's brief glimpse of a few of the treasures housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum leaves me wanting to see more. Imagine the luxury of living in London and having the opportunity to browse through the amazing collections at your leisure. The V&A just got penciled in on my bucket list.