Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Ancient treasure is couple's prize in Herald competition


Evening Herald
May 02, 2005

A Crownhill couple are celebrating after winning two 'Lotus' bowls salvaged from a famous Chinese shipwreck in a Herald competition.

Kathleen and Sid Chester, aged 82 and 84 respectively, were the lucky winners of the Treasures of the Deep competition run by the Herald in partnership with the University of Plymouth.

They were entered in a raffle draw after buying a copy of the newspaper from the Herald's city centre shop.

Their prizes date back to the Qing Dynasty of 1822 and were salvaged from the wreck of the Tek Sing.

Kathleen said: "They're very nice - I've got quite a few ornaments but nothing like these. I'm going to have them valued at the Antiques Roadshow in Tavistock."

The artefacts were part of a huge collection of items which went on display at the University's recent Treasures of the Deep exhibition.

Featuring stunning artefacts brought up from wrecks around the world, including the South China Sea and Plymouth Sound, the exhibition brought together - for the first time ever - a representative range of Chinese porcelain and pottery dating from the 1340s to the 1820s.

Together with a series of lectures, the exhibition was staged as part of Peninsula Arts' contribution to the 2005 Sea Britain celebrations.


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