Zonta’s fundraising antique fair has a new exhibitor

SETTING UP:  Spirit of Asia Antiques owner Mario Cordedda with Chinese artifacts from 1690 that were salvaged from the Vung Tau shipwreck.

SETTING UP: Spirit of Asia Antiques owner Mario Cordedda with Chinese artifacts from 1690 that were salvaged from the Vung Tau shipwreck.

Hospitality students from Canobolas Rural Technology High School will cater the gala opening of the Zonta Club of Orange’s antique fair at the Orange Function Centre on Friday night.

From 5.30pm to 8.30pm, people will be able to get a sneak peak at this year’s range of antiques.

Among the exibits this year is a new stall featuring items from China and Japan.

Items dating back to 1690 that were salvaged in 1990 from a historic shipwreck in the South China Sea, are among those at the new exhibit.

Exhibitor Mario Cordedda from Spirit of Asia Antiques said the Chinese artifacts, known as the Vung Tau Cargo, come from the Kangxi period (1661-1722) and were made for export to Europe.

Mr Cordedda said fishermen started finding the historic items in 1990 then the Chinese government stepped in and in 1992, 28,000 of the 46,000 items found in the shipwreck were auctioned in Amsterdam.

He said it is believed the ship was on its way to the Dutch East Indies when it sank. 

Zonta Club of Orange Antique Fair coordinator Dr Sue Hatcher said there are 28 exhibitors at the fair.

“I wanted a balance of big furniture and small furniture, unusual things and usual things,” Dr Hatcher said.

The fair is open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. 

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