Folk Art Portrait of a Girl and Her Cat, ca. 1830
This painting was given to my mother by a woman in Louisville, Kentucky.
Well, this is an exciting folk art painting. It's on a wood panel, unbroken.
It's a child. And usually children are part body. This is a three-quarter length child. It has a wonderful lacy bonnet, you know, with the little bows in it. But the best part is this...I know you call this "this cat with the scary eyes."
But he is so terrific with those funny little eyes. And then all this hand-painted detail on this little stool. Look how funny her little arm is in comparison to her head.
It's just not in proportion.
Nothing is in proportion. Now, it definitely needs to go to a good conservator. There's something going on here. I can see something going on here. It's under layers and layers of varnish. And it probably should be reframed. The date is 1830s, so it's a really nice early painting. I would say in today's market, it's probably in the $30,000 to $40,000 range.
And if she were a very attractive child she'd probably be worth $60,000.
Current Appraised Value: $25,000 - $35,000 (Unchanged)
Keene notes that she consulted with a few other folk art dealers about the value of the painting as well. "We all feel it would still bring $25,000 to 35,000 at retail," she said. "That cat is still wonderful!"
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