In 1870, a Frenchman visiting Beijing commissioned some pottery from a local potter. Years passed, and he never received the pottery, and eventually he forgot about it and died. In 1936, his nephew received a large, unexpected package from China. When he opened it, he found the commissioned pieces, along with a note from the potter’s son. The original potter had died before he could complete the work, so his son had learned the trade and completed the pieces, in order to fulfill the original contract. He asked the Frenchman to please pardon the delay.