Wagga's antiques fair has returned from COVID hiatus in serious style, with a slew of treasures on show ranging from affordable to priceless with a bit of everything in between.
Among the unique pieces to be displayed at the fair on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May is an exquisite Japanese ewer, a Victorian milk bucket with a story and a range of Australian furniture.
Wagga dealer Barbara Wigg of John Wigg Antiques is thrilled to be back for the fair after last year was cancelled, and is bringing along an opulent Australian blackwood and cedar desk for $3500 and a pair of wingback leather armchairs for $1950 and plenty of antique furniture.
"We're really pleased that the fair is going to be on again this year after being closed after COVID," Ms Wigg said. "We get a great response from dealers and hopefully a good crowd."
One item sure to turn heads is a Japanese ewer on offer from Asian antique specialist Mario Cordedda valued at a cool $19,500 and dated back to the late 19th century.
"I have a really spectacular piece at the moment a Japanese satsuma ewer by one of the best miezan workshops ever to produce in Japan," Mr Cordedda said.
"It dates to around 1890 and it's a museum quality piece, worth about $19,500."
Mr Cordedda called the pouring vessel the "finest piece I've come across in 25 year of dealing" and promised the antique would have quite the effect on visitors.
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"People who know the style of porcelain, when they first see it it will take their breath away," he said.
The piece was painted with a single-hair brush with details down to fingernails drawn on figures less than 2cm tall.
Shawbrook Antique's Gaye Bismire is also attending the fair with a number of exciting pieces in tow, not least a quaint Victorian milk bucket with a fair bit of history to it.
"One thing that I'm absolutely excited about is a Victorian dairy bucket," Ms Bismire said. "They used to have one of these on the counters of local shops and people would go and buy a pint of milk or half a pint of milk and they would ladle the milk out of this bucket."
The very rare item will set shoppers back about $1600, but it's not all rarities and thousand-dollar price tags, with plenty of affordable items on sale as well.
"You can spend $5 or you can spend thousands," organiser Mick Dalton promised.
He hopes the fair will bring a boost to Wagga with antique enthusiasts travelling in for the fair, and plenty of locals likely to pop in as well with about 1000 people expected over the two day fair.
Entry is $10 per adult with accompanying children free, and some proceeds are donated to the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust.
The days will run from 10am- 5pm Saturday 22nd and 10am- 4pm Sunday 23rd May at The Kyeamba Smith Hall at Wagga Showground.
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