Tuesday, July 10, 2012

C Butler

The top two photos show a carving that recently sold on eBay. It's signed C Butler and the seller offered no explanation of who C Butler might be, apparently not knowing that the artist is possibly Charles Butler, whose work is held in the American Folk Art Museum. Butler lived in Clearwater, Fla., about 180 miles from the seller's town of Port St. Lucie. He was born in Montgomery, Ala., and worked as a hotel porter, shoe shiner and handyman. He began to carve late in life, using homemade tools. His output was modest, maybe 100 or so carvings. That might help explain why he is not better known. The fourth photo is a Butler carving I've owned for 18 years. Butler died 34 years ago.

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