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V&A-world's largest museum of applied and decorative arts

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture, housing a permanent collection of 2.27  million objects

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture, housing a permanent collection of 2.27+ million objects

Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci, 1495; this notebook was used by Leonardo when he worked for Duke Sforza in Milan (it's hard to tell but the notebook is quite small)

Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci, 1495; this notebook was used by Leonardo when he worked for Duke Sforza in Milan (it's hard to tell but the notebook is quite small)

Tippoo's Tiger, 1799; this is a mechanical toy with one hand of the man moving while he emits a wailing sound at the same time grunts come from the tiger

Tippoo's Tiger, 1799; this is a mechanical toy with one hand of the man moving while he emits a wailing sound at the same time grunts come from the tiger

The Rabbits' Christmas Party, 1892, Beatrix Potter; the collection also had illustrations made by Potter as a young girl displaying her talent at an early age

The Rabbits' Christmas Party, 1892, Beatrix Potter; the collection also had illustrations made by Potter as a young girl displaying her talent at an early age

The Londonderry Tiara, 1885; part of the Londonderry Jewels which are one of the finest surviving collections of aristocratic jewelry in Britain

The Londonderry Tiara, 1885; part of the Londonderry Jewels which are one of the finest surviving collections of aristocratic jewelry in Britain

Cast of David, 1856; donated by Queen Victoria, the V and A's cast of David has been a favorite with visitors since its arrival in 1857

Cast of David, 1856; donated by Queen Victoria, the V and A's cast of David has been a favorite with visitors since its arrival in 1857

The V and A Museum owns the world's largest collection of post-classical sculpture, with the holdings of Italian Renaissance items being the largest outside Italy

The V and A Museum owns the world's largest collection of post-classical sculpture, with the holdings of Italian Renaissance items being the largest outside Italy

The Great Bed of Ware, 1590, England; this bed was famous because of its size and, by 1836, was already being displayed for the public to see

The Great Bed of Ware, 1590, England; this bed was famous because of its size and, by 1836, was already being displayed for the public to see

Strongbox, 1680, England; two bolts concealed in the sides allowed it to be screwed down into floorboards (perfect for traveling)

Strongbox, 1680, England; two bolts concealed in the sides allowed it to be screwed down into floorboards (perfect for traveling)

The holdings of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewelry, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints, drawings and photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world

The holdings of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewelry, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints, drawings and photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world

John Evelyn's Cabinet, 1645, Florence; collecting items abroad was a new, fashionable activity at the English court and cabinets became display cases for precious art treasures and curiosities

John Evelyn's Cabinet, 1645, Florence; collecting items abroad was a new, fashionable activity at the English court and cabinets became display cases for precious art treasures and curiosities

The Hereford Screen, 1862, England; when it was unveiled at the 1862 International Exhibition it was hailed as the grandest and most triumphant achievement of modern architectural art

The Hereford Screen, 1862, England; when it was unveiled at the 1862 International Exhibition it was hailed as the grandest and most triumphant achievement of modern architectural art

Casts of Trajan's Column, 1864; the Cast Courts are dominated by a plaster cast of the original marble column (in 2 parts) made around 1864

Casts of Trajan's Column, 1864; the Cast Courts are dominated by a plaster cast of the original marble column (in 2 parts) made around 1864

Chest of Drawers, 1653, England; the chest of drawers was a new type of furniture since clothes had traditionally been stored in lidded trunks

Chest of Drawers, 1653, England; the chest of drawers was a new type of furniture since clothes had traditionally been stored in lidded trunks

Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Ground, 1823, John Constable; one of Constable's few commissioned works, this was painted for his friend, the Bishop of Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Ground, 1823, John Constable; one of Constable's few commissioned works, this was painted for his friend, the Bishop of Salisbury

Swan and Otter Hunt (Devonshire Hunts), 1440; these enormous Flemish tapestries, each over 3 meters wide, depict men and women in fashionable dress of the early fifteenth century hunting

Swan and Otter Hunt (Devonshire Hunts), 1440; these enormous Flemish tapestries, each over 3 meters wide, depict men and women in fashionable dress of the early fifteenth century hunting

Basin with Golden Horn Design, 1545, Turkey; examples of this type of pattern have been excavated near the Golden Horn in Istanbul

Basin with Golden Horn Design, 1545, Turkey; examples of this type of pattern have been excavated near the Golden Horn in Istanbul

Brooch (from Russian Crown Jewels), 1750; the jewelry section of the V and A was one of the most crowded

Brooch (from Russian Crown Jewels), 1750; the jewelry section of the V and A was one of the most crowded

Book of Hours, 1515; inscriptions in the margins tell us that this book belonged to a noble family in Lorraine, France

Book of Hours, 1515; inscriptions in the margins tell us that this book belonged to a noble family in Lorraine, France

Samson Slaying a Philistine, 1562, Giambologna; the most famous sculptor of his day, Giambologna created this work as a commission from the de Medicis

Samson Slaying a Philistine, 1562, Giambologna; the most famous sculptor of his day, Giambologna created this work as a commission from the de Medicis

East Cowes Castle: The Regatta Starting for their Moorings, 1828, JMW Turner; the critic John Ruskin believed this to be one of the highest pieces of intellectual art existing

East Cowes Castle: The Regatta Starting for their Moorings, 1828, JMW Turner; the critic John Ruskin believed this to be one of the highest pieces of intellectual art existing

Tile stove, 1578, southern Germany; this stove was probably made for the Convent of St. Wolfgang at Engen in the Black Forest

Tile stove, 1578, southern Germany; this stove was probably made for the Convent of St. Wolfgang at Engen in the Black Forest

Cast of Moses, Michelangelo, 1858

Cast of Moses, Michelangelo, 1858

Gamesboard, 1581, Augsburg, Germany; used for backgammom, draughts and chess; ebony and bone on wood with gilded metal fittings

Gamesboard, 1581, Augsburg, Germany; used for backgammom, draughts and chess; ebony and bone on wood with gilded metal fittings

Beaker with the Imperial Eagle, 1594, Bohemia, Czech Republic

Beaker with the Imperial Eagle, 1594, Bohemia, Czech Republic

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