Urns designed for Hampton Court stolen from garden

Stolen urn
Image caption The urns were part of a set of 16 designed in 1700 for Hampton Court

A pair of 18th Century urns, originally designed for Hampton Court Palace, have been stolen from the garden of a house in West Sussex.

The urns, believed to be worth about £15,000 in total, were taken from the property in Well Lane, Cocking Causeway, near Midhurst.

They are made of lead and were part of a set of 16 designed in 1700 by the Dutch sculptor, Jan van Nost.

Det Con Andrea Watts, of Sussex Police, said the urns were very distinctive.

"It is hoped that people including dealers may recognise them if they are seen stored or are offered for sale somewhere," she said.

Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area between the afternoon of Thursday 4 October and the morning of Saturday 6 October is asked to contact police.

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