Well My boss gave me a fully furnished house with my job,As I was pulling something out the cupboard I dropped a box which smashed,Curious I looked inside,Now I dont know much about antiqes but On a smashed bowl it says 'royal doulton english fine bone china.made in England.OUCH what do I do?
Bin it and keep your trap shut.
I would just tell him(or her).
I am sure (s)he wont hold it against u, unless u are constantly breaking things.
Just keep quiet until he ask for it.
If u do tell him, it may be better to wait until u have been working there for a couple of weeks, before u do so.
I'd tell your boss. If it's OK to keep in a fully furnished house (i.e. that has people coming in and out) and not a buffet or a bank vault, then chances are it's not too dear to his/her heart.
You can always look at the Royal Doulton webiste to see if the bowl is still in circulation. It may not have been an antique. It may also give you an idea of the value of the piece. I have several Royal Doulton pieces that are quite old but because of the pattern (common) they are not rare enough to be outrageously expensive.
I agree - tell the boss about the breakage. You will be respected more for telling the truth now than trying to hide it. Accidents happen, and as others have said, it was a furnished home. Most people do not furnish residences that others will live in with their cherished antiques. Just be honest and it will go a long way to showing your integrity. Granted, the boss may not be happy, but it was an accident.
I've recently broken a $200 whisky glass. Shit happens. Also broke one of my mother-in-law's $75 wine glass awhile back too.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 16, 2007, at 9:03 AM by Isadora ]
These things happen to everyone. If your boss gives you a furnished house, than he should know these things can happen.
On the other hand, Royal Doultan can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. It is still made, and although you would pay a little bit more for the brandname, it's not as expensive as collectable antiques. Also a lot of the really valuable stuff would never be used in a household. If a piece of ceramics is chipped or cracked, the value drops a lot. So every collector would never use a bowl like that.
i would definitely say something. its very possible that it will be missed and you wouldn't want your boss coming to you about it. you would rather go to him/her first. also, you never know, they may have insurance that covers those kinds of things too.
my dog sitter accidentally broke a relatively expensive plate of mine while i was away and wanted to replace it. of course I wouldn't let her, it was an accident and, well, shit happens. she felt bad enough as it was.
Royal Doulton isn't that expensive in the greater scheme of things so I wouldn't worry too much, a bowl is probably some 10 - 20 pound stirling, we're not talking Ming vases here.
On the other hand, RUN!!!!