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The Most Beautiful Work In Glass Of The Classical Art World That Was Broken Once And Restored Thrice In The Modern Era Detailed In All Regions DVD Format!
Glasswork as fine as this still cannot be reproduced in the modern era. The Portland Vase is a priceless artifact of the finest beauty and has inspired artisans and art lovers worldwide since its discovery in 1582. However, on February 7, 1845, while on display at the British Museum, the vase was shattered by William Mulcahy, a drunken student from Trinity College who, after drinking all the previous week, threw a nearby sculpture on top of the case smashing both it and the vase. This catastrophe was remedied by retorer John Doubleday immediately thereafter, but by 1948, it required a further restoration, and by 1988, it was decided to fully disassemble and reassemble the vase in as permanent a manner as possible. This documentary chronicles the entire fascinating and painstaking process of this 1988 restoration by Nigel Williams and Sandra Smith while at the same time recounting the history of the vase, the secrets of its manufacture and the profound effect it has had on neoclassical and modern art (1989, Color, 50 Minutes).
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