The value on the Horse and Buggy Days print is $750.00 and I found the following information on the original prints that came out in the 1960s:
A vintage framed print of Paul Detlefsen’s wonderful Americana painting; “Horse & Buggy Days” was purchased last week at a Charlotte area auction for $2. While there are new poster versions of the print available online these days for as little as $14.99, this is an original copy of the painting and was made in the 1960’s. The original painting itself is estimated to be worth between $20,000 and $60,000.
Detlefsen was born in either 1899 or 1900 depending on what source you trust. He became famous throughout the US for bright reds and greens in his “down home” country scenes. This was especially poignant as he painted through the tough times of the depression, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
Born in Denmark, he became famous for his backdrop work on films such as The Adventures of Mark Twain. He later became great friends with Walt Disney before Paul died in 1986. He painted up until the last days of his life, became an American citizen and was known to love the US as if he were native.
Horse and Buggy Days is seen as a classic example of his Americana paintings and hung over many mantles in the 60’s, 70’s, and still today. Prices vary greatly on the original prints which unusually contained brush strokes and are often confused with the actual painting. In general these prints, with original frames, sell for as much as $750 depending on condition.
Here is a brief biography I found on the artist:
Many may not know his name, but the serene, nostalgic charm of Paul Detlefsen's paintings is familiar to just about everyone. It is no surprise since he was one of the most widely reprinted artists or our century. His art was lithographed into reproductions, calendars, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, and even place mats for the table. Paul Detlefsen, I am proud to say, moved to Hollywood, California after completing high school and some training at the Chicago Art Institute. There he worked a long and happy career in special effects.
After 30 years he retired and began a new career as a calendar artist. In Detlefsen's own words: "And so it is that I set out to 'dream up' beautiful places and try to make them come to life in my paintings . . . concentrating on realism, beauty and nostalgia. What I hope for most is that people will look at my paintings, smile and say: 'I'd like to be there!'"
Paul and his wife, Shelly, moved to Del Mar in 1964 where he continued his painting till passing on in 1986. Shelly was also a very talented artist. His only daughter, Karen Kozlow, has been an artist her entire life, creating in may different mediums, but settling on bright and whimsical ceramics for the last 20 years.
Quick Facts for Paul Detlefsen
Birth / Death: 1899 Chicago, Illinois - 1986 San Diego, California
Methods for Paul Detlefsen
Media for Paul Detlefsen
Subjects for Paul Detlefsen
Figure, Figurative, Human Figure
Genre, Human Activity
Romanticism, Idealism, Nostalgia
Geography/Places Lived and/or Worked for Paul Detlefsen
California Before 1940
Hawaiian Islands and/or South Seas, Tahiti
Schools for Paul Detlefsen
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Student
Chronology for Paul Detlefsen
Early 20th Century Before 1950
Late 20th Century After 1950
Added Description for Paul Detlefsen
Walt Disney Studio, Productions/Commissioned Artist
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