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I own an oil on canvas painting (32" X 40"), titled "A Lady of the Court of Louis XlV", signed on the lower front  by Paul Wesley Arndt.  t was painted  between 1946 and 1951 (approx.) My mother, the model, said Mr. Arndt made the frame & gave this smaller framed painting to her for posing for a much larger version that he did on a scaffold. I also have a number of other paintings: 1 portrait, 8 landscapes. How can I establish values if I wish to donate these paintings to a museum?

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Dear Chrys, Museums are very particular about what they accept as donations. A painting would have to fit the goals and direction of their collection without being a duplication. You would need written appraisals that follow the guidelines established by the IRS. And you will need to engage a qualified appraiser of paintings, one who has a set hourly fee for research (not a percentage of the value of the item or items).
Cordially,
Dan

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Daniel A. Hynes

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Collecting, buying, selling, identifying, and caring for paintings, drawings,and watercolors (19th and early 20th century American and European). No prints, contemporary art, or works executed after 1940.

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35 years as a fine art dealer, including 3 years as a gallery director. Also was art expert for Leslie Hindman's Auctioneers, and for Dunning's Auction.

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