Chinese vase holds 300-year-old shopping list

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A Chinese shopping list written 300 years ago has been found stuffed inside an 18th century vase.

The porcelain has been on display for almost 25 years at Fairfax House in York. It was uncovered while the elegant Georgian house, which is closed to the public every January, was being cleaned.

Peter Musgrove, who co-ordinates the work, said: "I took it out to clean and heard a rattling in the bottom of the vase.

"I gently poked a stick inside and drew up a crumpled up piece of rice paper with black ink Chinese writing."

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