"the precious jewels of Jao-chou"
May 5, 2008 11:13 AM Subscribe
posted by paduasoy (20 comments total)
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In 2006 in the Fitzwilliam Museum three enormous porcelain vases from seventeenth or eighteenth century China were smashed by a museum visitor who fell down the stairs. This presentation
"follows the vases' progress from scattered fragments to their redisplay in the Fitzwilliam Museum. The site includes slideshows, film clips of the conservation process and a timelapse of one of the vases under reconstruction".
Also: interview with the visitor who smashed the vases - My precious vase hell
; two versions of a picture of the visitor sitting among the shards, Daily Mail
; information about the man's arrest
(he was released without charge); the lack of insurance
; the columnist Craig Brown on the affair
; and an article on the reconstruction
And here're are translations of three letters
written by Père Francois Xavier d'Entrecolles about porcelain manufacture in China around the same time the vases were made.