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Hello, I was just reading a correspondence that you had with someone about a painting they owned that had a tag from the Catalda Fine Arts Company on it. I inferred from the correspondence that it really wasn't worth much but I was wondering whether you would mind expanding on that premise a little bit? I have one of these paintings and am curious about it's value. I'm sure you can't tell me exactly what it's worth but I was hoping for a rough estimate from you. Is the frame worth more than the painting to an artist who might want to use it for one of their own paintings or is there a market for these items and is that market a flea market? Any information you could give me would be very much appreciated, thanks.

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Christopher,
One never knows.  Get your painting to a local dealer.
You might have an ignored original artwork from which
Catalda made reproductions.  But, I would say this is
a longshot at best. And, if so, an even longer shot that
you painting is by a valued artist. As you already know,
a little searching on the web will bring you to
Willard Johnson III in Oklahoma City who is with
Colonial Art Company, acquirer of all Catalda assets in 1983.

I called Willard a few years ago, and he does have access
to inventory lists, so you could work with him if you have
catalog #s.  Finding anything that way would be a very long
shot, but might make an interesting History Detectives episode.

And Chris, there is always eBay....  

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Stuart Cartwright

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American Fine Art Paintings.
Oils, Watercolors, Sketches. Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. Hudson River School, Pennsylvania Academy, Cape Ann artists, Ash Can, Woodstock, Florida Indian River, American Impressionists, etc. I can provide some background about artists and perhaps a rough appraisal or guidance towards obtaining a value. I am acquainted with many of the best American art dealers and auction houses. Original works only, I do not follow the print market. I do NOT field questions about prints.

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I am not expert in European art. I encourage you to send questions on European artists to other experts on this service. NO PRINTS:I encourage you to seek help on prints elsewhere. Two sites come to mind: www.artoftheprint.com and www.philaprintshop.com

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I have been collecting original American Fine Art for over 20 years. I have curated art shows, and I have served as a dealer, providing appraisals and guidance for the last 8 years.

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Bachelor of Arts Master of Business Administration

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