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Dear mister Lombardo,

Our main question is;
Who is the artist and is it worth it to get it restored/ properly framed

we bought this painting for almost nothing and really like it, we are thinking about getting it professionally restored and properly framed but that will set us back about 800,-.

we would like to understand if its worth it to do all this...

I have more pictures if needed. Our initial search led to "H. Welters" but there is hardly anything on the guy...

Thank you!

Hello Owen and thank you for the very clear images, of the subject matter.

Such quality images, they are really helpful in drawing any worthwhile conclusions.
It is probably best, if I split the answer into  smaller  portions.
Firstly it is a landscape painted in Holland, by the artist called W. F. H. Welter who lived  from 1862 -1930.

Welter, painted mainly in oil on canvas and his main themes were the traditional  landscapes.
In fact this painting is almost certainly painted in the  fruit growing region, along the river Linge - which is called the Betuwe, in Holland.
In fact the landscape in the Betuwe, it has hardly changed since the time that this painting was created.

It was through this kind of landscape that during the Second World war – when  the British, Canadian, Polish and the American GI’s, they  all  manoeuvred  and fought,  during the airborne operation - which is called Market Garden.     

Ordinary photo’s, they provide us with  lots of  information, however to find out more  about the  state of repair of the object, then a  real forensic examination would be needed, in order to ascertain the exact kind of restoration, which may be needed.

Judging by the images supplied, it appears to be in relatively good condition, which might  entail  - a very light cleaning and some retouching of  a few fragile areas, and finally being given a reversible coating of varnish +  a suitable frame.
Unfortunately, you give no clues as to you own  locations, therefore by contacting a good local  museum near to where you are living, the conservation department should be able to advise you as to  finding some able, and qualified picture restorers.

However, giving it to the wrong kind of amateur restorer who does a bad job on it, will undoubtedly ruin it completely, but also devalue it to almost zero.

Very good luck with the painting, it should not prove difficult to fix, when you find the right restorer and it will only add to the value of the  painting.

I hope that this  information is of some use to you.

Have a nice day.

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I am unable to answer enquiries concerning objects, which are NOT related to the areas of Fine Art and Antiques. Nor will I; on the sole basis of any photographic images be willing to give any definitive monetary valuations, or monetary opinions. In such cases I would always advise on getting “real time” valuations and opinions from reputable and qualified auction houses, or third parties. In some applicable cases, I may perhaps give general indications of value, based on the presented materials. True valuations always need a direct “hands on” approach, with perhaps also the necessary research and verifications. Broadly open to almost all questions, regarding the majority of both European, American quality objects, which are related to both Antiques and Fine Art. This also includes modern 20th century designer objects such as furniture etc. My own particular comfort zone areas would be; The decorative Arts, marble, stone, furniture, ivory, bone, amber, ceramics and porcelain, sculpture, glass, silver and metal objects etc. I will also answer inquiries, and give opinions concerning Dutch 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings. Please note that I do have limitations and cannot possibly answer all questions, as the field is very extensive. VERY IMPORTANT and PLEASE NOTE: Please note that; providing > GOOD CLEAR and Preferably High Resolution < photo's of the object(s)in question, is vital. Pics taken with a cell/mobile phone, are of a poor quality and best avoided. Posting signatures only, or just fragments of an artifact - will only provide me with insufficient information and it is often quite misleading. So please; Do post good clear overall images, with your question(s). Failing to do so, may cause rejection, which is also a great pity.


Since the early 90’s I lead a team of very enthusiastic staff at a business, where have the following disciplines; Restoration and refurbishment of historical buildings and gardens, including interior design. The restoration and care of Fine Art and Antiques at our restoration studio We are also Fine Art and Antique dealers, besides being collectors ourselves for a great number of years.

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Since I wished to become a Restoration Architect, firstly I took my BA degree in Art History. Then after graduation, I followed this immediately by studies to graduate and become a Restoration Architect. Ever since then, I have been an established Restoration Architect and Antiquarian. Since a great number of buildings are also inhabited by Fine Art fixtures and furnishings, I also became absorbed by all the artifacts, which go to fill them and not only the edifices themselves. This and much more, was the reason for gaining an advisory post on the City Commission; For The Protection and Care of Historic Monuments of Amsterdam - Amstelveen.

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