Durham University has no comment to make on the outcome of the trial of two men sentenced to jail after stealing precious chinese artefacts from a museum at Durham University, but they have released the following statement.
We are delighted that these important Qing dynasty artefacts were recovered quickly through the sterling efforts of Durham Police.
Both objects were undamaged, but require some conservation cleaning work as a result of the theft.
We look forward to having them back on display once the work is completed.”
The items taken, which have a combined value of more than two million pounds, were:
- A large green jade bowl (with wooden stand) dating from 1769, from the collection of Sir Charles Hardinge, a British collector of jades and hardstones. (A Chinese poem is written inside)
- A Dehua porcelain sculpture of seven fairies in a boat.
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