Tessa Murdoch is Deputy Keeper at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass

Detail of the Glaubensschild (Shield of Faith), (1842–47), designed by Friedrich August Stüler, Peter von Cornelius and Alexis-Étienne Julienne, Royal Collection Trust, Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© HM Queen Elizabeth II 2018

European silver is the ideal gift for the British monarch who has everything

The work of the Continent’s finest silversmiths can be found in the Royal Collection

24 May 2018
Our Lady of Sorrows, view of the interior looking towards the main altar, with the painting of Christ taken down from the Cross now attributed to Pietra Testa above, Reproduced by permission of the Provost and Fellows of Eton College

The Catholic chapel that cost Eton one pound

An early 20th-century copy of a baroque chapel has been restored to its former glory

28 Feb 2018
A Harlot’s Progress, (1732), William Hogarth, Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

Fallen women and philanthropic reformers

Charitable efforts to end prostitution in 18th-century London took many forms, and left behind some remarkable objects

26 Sep 2017

The world of mosaics, from Tivoli to Tottenham Court Road

Durable, versatile and colourful, mosaics have a long history and a bright future, as the V&A will explore this weekend

20 Jun 2017

A shining example of silver scholarship

One of the most important collections of 18th-century silver in Europe gets the attention it deserves in a new book

30 May 2017
Figure representing the river Rhône (detail). Wallace Collection, London

The Avignon Clock is as good as any sculpture

This spectacular French clock, designed by the best craftsman of the day, is the star of a show at the Wallace Collection

22 May 2017
Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children (1896), John Singer Sargent. Courtesy of Tate Britain

The glamorous family behind one of Sargent’s best-loved paintings

A personal history of a great painting currently on show in New York

12 Jan 2017

Time regained: a lost rococo clock is found

An outstanding 18th-century clock made for a Hanoverian prince has resurfaced

31 May 2016

12 Days

The opening of the Liang Yi Museum in Hong Kong, and key new publications and gallery displays at the V&A, will shine a spotlight on the decorative arts

31 Dec 2013

Rich Tea

‘Taste and Essence: Chinese and Western Historical Tea Pieces’ at the Macao Museum of Art looks at the rich history of tea-drinking in the East and West

24 Dec 2013