A folk art cork diorama of an early 20th century dockside scene, depicting in three dimensions, a busy wharf, with boats unloading their cargo, and transported by horse and cart to the waiting steam train.
This image could possibly be of 'The Royal Residence Windsor Castle'., with a view from the River Thames with the Round Tower and flag in central position, with the sky and river painted in watercolour. Possibly by Fred Webster of Bowman & Webster, Cork Manufacturers, Aberdeen.
Medium: cork and watercolour laid on canvas. With indistinct signature in pencil lower right, dated 1905. Original glass and teak veneered frame with gold slip. Some minor losses and very fragile.
Sight: 10" x 13" (26cm x 33cm)
Frame: 14.5" x 17.5" ( 37cm x 44.5cm)
Cork is the harvested bark of the cork oak tree, mainly found in Portugal, and used primarily for wine bottle corks. However, it also found a use in craft work and was occasionally used, as in this example, as a medium to produce interesting three dimensional land/cityscape scenes.