Velvet & Antlers at the Victoria & Albert Museum

There is a red velvet Christmas tree in the Victoria & Albert Museum, with antlers sticking out of the branches.

V&A Christmas Tree

The Victoria & Albert Museum is one of the group of museums which make South Kensington such a fascinating place to visit.  It may even be “the world’s greatest museum of art and design”. 

On my visits I have been overwhelmed by the wide range of their collections of ceramics, furniture, clothes, sculpture, paintings – and I’ve just seen a report of their acquisition of false eyelashes from Katy Perry’s range. So it’s probably best to concentrate on one area that interests you – or one of their special exhibitions like the current one on Masterpieces of Chinese Painting.

The Christmas tree lends a rich, warm atmosphere to the museum’s Grand Entrance.

V&A Christmas tree heart reindeer

The tree was created by Helen and Colin David.  They were inspired by a chair in the Museum with velvet upholstery and real antlers in its frame, and by the neat little fact that “Velvet and Antlers” give the initials V & A.  For more information about the tree, click here for the V & A’s own website.

V&A Christmas tree heart snowflake

I wasn’t going to post this final photo, because it is unfocused in every sense of the word.  But I do like the way in which it shows the beautiful building and the eclectic exhibits….

V&A Christmas tree view behind


4 Comments Add yours

  1. LOVED the hearts! 🙂
    The last photo is beautiful – the building is so pretty, and love the artwork in the centre. I’m glad you posted it.


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you. I knew the photo captured a feeling of the V&A, but it just didn’t capture it technically very well.


  2. Fran says:

    I was there just yesterday! Did you catch Elmgreen and Dragset? Wonderful, but only on until 2nd January.


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Sorry I missed you! I’m sure we are bound to meet in London one day : I’ve followed in your footsteps a few times to events recommended on Sequins and Cherry Blossom.


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