Valuable museum pieces recovered

2012-05-24 15:11
Cape Town - About half of the valuable Asian ceramic pieces stolen from a Cape Town museum have been recovered, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

Nineteen ceramic items, from the 17th to 18th century, were found to be missing from an exhibit at the Manor House on the Groot Constantia wine farm, sometime before Monday morning. The items, said to be worth R50m, included a Chinese hot water urn, Japanese beaker vases, and Chinese plates and platters.

Warrant Officer November Filander said workers found 10 pieces on a nearby farm in Groot Constantia between Monday night and Wednesday.

No arrests had been made, but police were waiting for fingerprint results.

The museum exhibits furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, brass and copperware from the homes of successful Cape farmers. It was closed until further notice.

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