Posted 27 days ago
Unless you're very lucky, we all know the pain and anguish of receiving pieces that may have been damaged through international, and sometimes even domestic postage. And we all understand the risks, both receiving and sending. However, there's just no excuse for downright stupidity. And I know this is painful, but I just had to share my grief! : (
As some of you know I have started a small collection of Harrach pieces and I have always been after one with a clearly defined 'feather mark' - and I found one in France. A beautiful 14" tall cased pink spatter glass piece, with beautiful enameling. I was needless to say, looking forward to receiving it.
So it arrived in a very large box, which was a good sign. Well packed and surrounded in bubble wrap inside that box was another box - even better. But on lifting this box out, there it was, that distinctive sound of broken glass!
The seller had simply put the vase into a cardboard box - with no padding or bubble wrap and then carefully packed that box inside another one conscientiously and with great care surrounding that with lots of packing material - So great - the vase simply rattled around inside the inner box - bouncing around at the slightest bump or knock and arrived not just broken but - SHATTERED! into a thousand pieces!! I couldn't have done a better job if I had taken a hammer to it!!
This was a big and imposing 120+ year old vase destroyed by shear stupidity.
Pic 4 .... before its ill-fated journey!!!
As it might seem strangely inappropriate to LOVE this post, don't feel obliged my friends.