In all my antiquing in England since 1995, I have only seen one cork picture. This time I was able to purchase 3, framed in matching frames. This one has had part of the wood back torn off, and we can see, written in pen, the name Thornton Abby, so we know the subject of this picture. Yes, the picture is formed from Cork, and it is then matted and framed. These lovely wood frames appear to be the original frame, and the picture is in excellent condition. Framed the picture measures 10 inches North to South, and 11 inches East to West. This is circa 1850, and quite an unusual item. I just looked up Thornton Abby (Abbey) as it is spelled on Wikipedia. It was an abby built in the 1100's, and dissolved in the 1500's when Henry VIII dissolved the Catholic Church. It is now a National Heritage Site and open to the public.
Item ID: 2352