A DUTCH masterpiece from the 18th century has found a new temporary home in Barnsley Market - in a move described as a ‘real coup’ for the town.

Jan Van Huysum’s ‘Flowers in a Terracotta Vase’ is now in situ at Unit 13 on the market’s ground floor, as part of a National Gallery tour placing the almost 300-year-old painting in unusual surroundings.

A flower trail guides people from the painting to another Van Huysum work at the Cooper Gallery, where visitors can learn more about the Amsterdam artist.

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis - former shadow culture minister - was at the unveiling on Tuesday.

“It’s a real coup for Barnsley and what I really hope is that lots of people will take the opportunity not just to come in and look at the painting, but then follow the trail,” said Dan.

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“We’ve got the basis of a strong cultural offer in Barnsley, and things like this just get people thinking about the importance of art and culture, and the benefit it adds to people’s lives.

“You don’t have to be an art lover to come along and enjoy that integral painting, and then get involved with the wider experience.”