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What do you think of my painting? Robert S.Whether he or

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What do you think of my painting? Robert S.
Whether he or one of his students, this is a Godfried Schalcken, Dutch 1643-1706.. Looks like a signature in the bottom left side, can barely make out a "ch." About 10 by 8 inches. It is filthy and cracking. Looks like someone has tried o clean it at some point in its life and damaged it as there is a drip and rubbed place above the boy's head. Do you know of anyone around the Atlanta area that is trustworthy to clean it? If not, I will call the High Museum and ask them. Do you know how much I should expect to pay?
There is another of this pose on ebay right now. It is such poor quality, and they want $2,500. I think they are crazy.
I love the faces in my painting, they mesmerize me like some of the paintings at the High, when I am fortunate to get someone to go with me.
Thank you for any insight you can offer.
Katie Hale
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Never mind about the "ch." I think it is just cracks and dirt.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Well, never mind about this painting. It seems that this pose was used for teaching, so 99.9% possibility that it is from a student. As such, it would not be valuable enough to have it cleaned, am I right? Guess I'll just let it hang on my wall. Katie
Expert:  Robert S. replied 1 year ago.
Hi Katie,This is Robert here, sorry not to get to your question sooner, but now that I have, I give it my full and prompt attention.You are right, this is almost certainly a later copy.Leave this with me and I'll do a little research just to confirm its age if I can and I'll get back to you with a full answer.And yes, unless you are going to keep it, it probably would not be economically viable to restore it.More soon,Best wishes,Robert
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Don't worry about it. I'll just keep it like it is and enjoy it. Thanks. Katie