The Art Detective by Philip Mould
Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures

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The supremely telegenic star of the original Antiques Roadshow dishes up his best tales of uncovering lost masterpieces and unmasking fakes.

How can you tell a masterpiece from a piece of junk?
Philip Mould has been so successful at discovering buried treasures that he's affectionately known as "the art detective." Now, at last, he has decided to let the eleven million fans of Antiques Roadshow in on his secrets. Each chapter revolves around a particular painting and the people who helped unmask its creator's identity-from an ingeniously forged Norman Rockwell (good enough to fool the Rockwell Museum) to a Winslow Homer found in a dump. Witty and compulsively readable, The Art Detective is memoir, art history, and brilliant storytelling all rolled into one.


 

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PHILIP MOULD appears regularly on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and hosted the Channel 4 series Changing Faces, about the evolution of portraiture. Known as “the art detective,” he owns a gallery in London, is the art adviser to the British House of Commons and House of Lords, and even sold a painting to the Queen. He lives in London with his wife and son.
 
Published May 26, 2010 by Penguin Books. 274 pages
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Mould, a London gallery owner and art sleuth, tells his tale of a rags-to-riches Rembrandt, the restoration of which he calls “the boldest feat of detection and restoration I had ever heard sanctioned by an eminent academic.” An engaging storyteller, the author describes several other adventures,...

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Mould -- an appraiser for "Antiques Roadshow" -- spins fascinating stories about discovering both treasures and trash. His engaging writing opens up the world of high-end art in an accessible way.

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London art gallery owner and Antiques Roadshow expert Philip Mould takes readers along as he investigates a half-dozen works of art that may be extremely valuable or barely worth the canvas they're painted on.

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London art gallery owner and Antiques Roadshow expert Philip Mould takes readers along as he investigates a half-dozen works of art that may be extremely valuable or barely worth the canvas they’re painted on.

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St. Louis Today

On April 2, voters in St. Louis and St. Louis County will be asked to approve a 3/16-cent sales tax (less than 2 cents on a $10 purchase) to h… After controlling most of the game, Tigers again were left to explain a loss that defied logic ...

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California Literary Review

“The Internet is now an integral tool in the workings of my business,” Mould says, and while connoisseurs and dealers far and wide might always have had knowledge of a coming sale of a work of art from a catalogue received in the mail, these days there is much more interchange: …it would not just...

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