A small dot of mild detergent daubed on this portrait of Sarah Grimley Eastgate reveals a strong layer of grime and soot dulling the true colors of the piece beneath. Believed to be painted by Eastgate’s daughter Cordelia Schultz around the 1840s, the work, a family heirloom belonging to Hillsdale’s Patrick Knight, was recently examined by the experts at DuMouchelle Art Galleries for The Detroit News’ “Trash or Treasure” column. Valued from $8,000-$10,000, the painting was sent to a conservation company for a good cleaning and repairs.
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