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W Courtland Butterfield (1904-1977)
"Cortland Butterfield is perhaps best known as a figurative painter, though he also painted still lifes, florals, and marine subjects.
He was born in Newark, New Jersey, and studied at Cooper-Union Art School, the Art Students League, and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He was a co-founder of the American Opera Repertory Company, a member of the Society of Independent Artists, and a teacher at the Art Students League, the Newark Academy of Arts and the Montclair School of Fine Art. Butterfield exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Montclair Art Museum, and galleries in New York and New Hope, Pennsylvania. He died in New Hope in 1977.
His works are in the collections of the National Academy, the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts."
"Cortland Butterfield was one of the leading portrait artists of his time. Associated with the New Hope School of art, the subjects of his naturalistic works in watercolors and oils ranged from people he met in his daily life to performing artists, including luminaries such as Pablo Casals and Margot Fonteyn. Always fascinated by faces, he used the sketches he had made as an art student in Greenwich Village as the basis for his well-known paintings of rabbis. An outgoing individual, he was very generous in also helping other artists in the New Hope area. He also helped found the American Opera Repertory Company, and later donated his portrait of Pablo Casals to the music school. Family members served as a great inspiration to him. An uncle who performed as a clown in an English circus was the start of his many clown paintings. His aunt, Carrie Butterfield, was a landscape painter who sparked his interest in painting at the age of nine and encouraged his painting efforts throughout his youth. With a painting ttechnique rooted in the tradition of the Spanish Masters such as Velasquez, Goya, and El Greco, Cortland Butterfield established himself as a modern master of the portrait.""
When assessing an artist's work, appraisers must look at completed sales of works by the same artist. Art gallery sales prices are private.
We must then go to auction sales prices which are public. When using comparable work by the same artist, medium, subject matter and size are factors to be considered.
Appraisers most often use price per square inch of previously sold comparable works by the same artist as a measure of value.
Using this widely accepted standard of assessment, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $200-250 assuming good condition and depending on sale geographic location.
I did fine one Butterfield painting currently for sale retail. The retail asking price is $1100 but it is twice the size of yours.
As for retail value of yours, I have seen art sell for 4 to 5 times auction values depending on the tastes of the art gallery owner as well as location of the gallery.
In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.
Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.
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