Sunday, February 7, 2010

I guess you shouldn't sell beer in a museum

How else does a drunken man get there?

On this day in history, February 7, 1845, the Portland Vase was shattered by William Lloyd, who drunkenly threw a nearby sculpture on top of the case smashing both it and the vase. The vase was pieced together with fair success, though the restorer was unable to replace all of the pieces and thirty-seven small fragments were lost. It appears they had been put into a box and forgotten.

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