Vases fixed after visitor toppled them (UK)

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Three Qing vases have been pieced together and are back on public display after they were toppled by a museum visitor last year. The 17th-century porcelain was left in hundreds of pieces after a visitor to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge accidentally fell into the antiques in January 2006. One of the items (in 113 fragments) had already been glued together by restorer Penny Bendall and the remaining two have now gone on show – behind a specially designed glass case. The repair work cost up to £10,000 but was supported by Hewitsons, a Cambridge law firm.

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