#30DaysWild 17 -Wild at the V&A

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I love the contrast between old and new

I had another appointment in central London today, so afterwards I had a quick pop into the V&A, to see if I could spot anything ‘wild’.

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I love the shadows on the floor

The big attraction was the Elytra Filament Pavilion, which is part of the V&A engineering season (it’s built by a robot actually on site!) and was inspired by beetles, so I think that counts as a wild thing!

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The robot

Other wild things included.

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A lovely floral border on a talismanic shirt from Iran (around 1700)
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A group of floral tiles from Mughal (mid 17th century)
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A weird statue of a fish

In the British Galleries there was:

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A lovely room with painted panels from about 1696 (on the left), the painter combined Chinese, Indian and Tartar influences, reflecting an English view of foreign places, with accurate details confused with imagination and fantasy. And on the right is a Chinese lacquer folding screen from 1670-1690.

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The embroidery geek in me loved Abigail Pett’s bed hanging (1680-1700), with the leaf design influenced by imported Indian textiles and the animals popular English embroidery motifs . The bed hangings are named after Abigail Pett as she embroidered her name on one of the pieces. I so want to embroider a tree like that and the dragons are pretty cool too.

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Another embroidery geek thing, an unfinished embroidery (1660 – 1680), look at the stump work and the little snail!

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A gown made from silk with a gorgeous floral design created by Anna Maria Garthwaite in 1744. The dress on display is actually the second dress made out of this piece of fabric, about 40 years after the fabric was made. Someone obviously still appreciated the design and altered a dress that was presumably out of fashion, making something new, so recycling too! And to the right is a portrait of a lady in a Spitalfields silk gown from about 1750, with another lovely floral design.

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Block printed furnishing fabric – 1799
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The Garrick bed from about 1775, I love the tree design
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A cute enamel snake

In the metal work section there was:

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A wrought iron bracket in lovely ornate leaves, designed to hold a tradesman sign from Germany 1750.

A birds nest and a ‘blue bird’ biscuit tins.

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And finally, on the way out, I walked past a statue with an eagle. The eagle is apparently the god Jupiter in disguise, abducting the shepherd Ganymede.


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