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01/31/2006 01:29 AM ID: 52566 Permalink   

Rare China Vases Broken by Clumsy Tourist


A visitor to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, got tripped up by his own shoelace, tumbled down the stairs and fell into three rare Chinese vases. The valuable antique vases were smashed into "very small pieces," officials said.

"It was a most unfortunate and regrettable accident, but we are glad that the visitor involved was able to leave the museum unharmed," said the museum director, Duncan Robinson.

"They are in very, very small pieces, but we are determined to put them back together," said Margaret Greeves, the museum's assistant director. The three Qing dynasty vases dated from the late 17th or early 18th century.

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Did Bush happen to be in England at that time?
  by: treyjazz   01/31/2006 02:20 AM     
  It depends...  
... on the artist that made the vase, but Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911, so hardly ancient...) vases generally aren't worth all that much. The vast majority are a few hundred dollars (US) each. If a master made them, and they were of exceptional quality & material that would be a different matter entirely. Those range from tens of thousands to millions each.

I would guess that these vases were not of the multi-million dollar type, or even tens of thousands, for if they were there would have been much greater security than sitting "on the window sill beside the staircase for 40 years"

treyjazz -- lol. Someone will sure to come along and bash you for purposeless Bush-bashing but that made me laugh =P
  by: Dedolito     01/31/2006 02:49 AM     
I think no Bush bashing is purposeless ;] but on another matter, I agree with you Dedolito in that these vases must have not been worth that much if they were basically there for anyone to touch.
  by: the_one   01/31/2006 06:24 AM     
  Is Gerald Ford still in the hospital?  
Just wondering...
  by: @nus   01/31/2006 06:35 AM     
  You got to love that quote  
"It was a most unfortunate and regrettable accident, but we are glad that the visitor involved was able to leave the museum unharmed,"

I'm wondering if he stressed the word "leave"
  by: zephan     01/31/2006 01:02 PM     
if it was so rare why keep it in the open..
  by: n3wt   01/31/2006 04:21 PM     
  If it's locked up, then it is useless.  
  by: treyjazz   01/31/2006 06:03 PM     
I'm not as hard on Bush as most people around here, but that was a pretty funny shot.

I bet the tourist felt pretty small too.
  by: revjfletcher   01/31/2006 06:37 PM     
The Bush comment is hilarious; the vases must not have been that valuable to be put out on the open floor. To bad the tourist tripped on there own shoe lace; could have been a possible law suit.....HMMMMM
  by: roots88     01/31/2006 07:08 PM     
Man wish I was there to see it; sounds like a Mr.Bean episode. Wonder if they video?
  by: RunsWithScissors   01/31/2006 07:15 PM     
I hope they were pricey or why else have them in a museum.

Tour of The museum of crappy nic-nacks.
"These were purchased by a bidder at a dollar store. And these big eyed puppy statues..."
  by: ericcode   01/31/2006 07:43 PM     
If they were pricey they would have been on display as a central object, on pedistals, behind a little red cloth rope, etc.

That there were 3 of them, on a window sill no less, says to me that they were merely decorational in nature.

They are still antiques, being about 200 years old, but they probably just worth very much. An object need not have a high dollar value to be art or be on display in a museum.

Heck, go to a natural history museum some time, there will be spear or arrow heads on display someplace. Those things don't cost much either. Do they not belong in the museum just because they aren't rare, expensive pieces of history?
  by: Dedolito     02/01/2006 10:56 PM     
"hard on Bush"

haha I couldn't have agreed more!
  by: morph   02/02/2006 01:43 AM     
Reminds me of that canvas painted red and went for a million, to bad he didn't fall through that, OMG the humanity. lmao
  by: Hellshooter   02/04/2006 04:54 AM     
And for the guy who broke them, he musta left with a soiled pair of pants. :P
  by: Hellshooter   02/04/2006 04:57 AM     
  I wish the guy who did it would shut up  
The vases were the best part of $1m each - which isn't peanuts. They were also large, maybe about five feet or so. The "window ledge" is just about big enough for a football team to fit in, the vases have looked beautiful there for decades without coming to any harm, and I sincerely hope - though doubt - it was an accident.
  by: net2   04/06/2006 01:03 AM     
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