Museum visitor trips, breaks Chinese vases

CellarDoor

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http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/01/30/britain.museum.ap/index.html

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) -- A museum visitor shattered three Qing dynasty Chinese vases when he tripped on his shoelace, stumbled down a stairway and brought the vases crashing to the floor, officials said Monday.

The three vases, dating from the late 17th or early 18th century, had been donated to The Fitzwilliam Museum in the university city of Cambridge in 1948, and were among its best-known artifacts. They had been sitting proudly on the window sill beside the staircase for 40 years.

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

The museum declined to identify the man who had tripped on a loose shoelace Wednesday.

Asked about the porcelain vases, Margaret Greeves, the museum's assistant director, said: "They are in very, very small pieces, but we are determined to put them back together."

The museum declined to say what the vases were worth.


This is pretty funny. You only see this kinda stuff in slapstick movies. It sounds like the museum is taking it quite well.
 

JS80

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They're taking it well because now they get the insured value from the insurance co.
 

Genx87

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Originally posted by: JS80
They're taking it well because now they get the insured value from the insurance co.

And since he seems unharmed they arent on the hook for liability claims.
 

CaptnKirk

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Museum Curator: "That's a priceless Chinese Qing Dyanasty Vase from the 17th Centurty !

Inspector Clouseau, "Not anymore"
 

3chordcharlie

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Originally posted by: Genx87
Originally posted by: JS80
They're taking it well because now they get the insured value from the insurance co.

And since he seems unharmed they arent on the hook for liability claims.

I *think* when they said unharmed, inuries relating directly to the fall might not have been the only consideration;)
 

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Originally posted by: CaptnKirk
Museum Curator: "That's a priceless Chinese Qing Dyanasty Vase from the 17th Centurty !

Inspector Clouseau, "Not anymore"

You also watched countdown last night :D

That was funny.





 

CaptnKirk

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Originally posted by: GroundedSailor
Originally posted by: CaptnKirk
Museum Curator: "That's a priceless Chinese Qing Dyanasty Vase from the 17th Centurty !

Inspector Clouseau, "Not anymore"

You also watched countdown last night :D

That was funny.


Yep !
. . . to paraphrase from the Pink Panther . . .