Today's sweet thrift store find was a Chinese artwork,a peaceful pagoda scene carved in intricate dimensional detail from cork. It is 9 inches by 21 inches. The deep beveled mat is wrapped in silk. I did a bit of web research and now think this piece is from the early 1900's. It is in amazingly good shape, with just a few small crumbs of cork that have broken off. This crummy photo with reflections on the glass does not do it justice.
In this close-up you can see the detailed carving and the background painting in blue ink.
I am attracted to shiny objects, nostalgic knicknacks, detailed doodads, whimsical whatnots, things handmade or hokey. I am a sucker for under-appreciated, original art that somehow ended up at a garage sale or Goodwill.
I admit it, I have an irrepressible thrift store habit.