The Art Detective: Adventures of an Antiques Roadshow Appraiser

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Penguin, Jun 10, 2010 - Art - 272 pages
The art world has never seemed quite so treacherous, so beguiling- and so much fun

What separates a masterpiece from a piece of junk? Thanks to the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and its American spin-off, everyone is searching garage sales and hunting online for hidden gems, wondering whether their attics contain trash or treasures. In The Art Detective, Philip Mould, one of the world's foremost authorities on British portraiture and an irreverent and delightful expert for the Roadshow, serves up his secrets and his best stories, blending the technical details of art detection and restoration with juicy tales peopled by a range of eccentric collectors, scholars, forgers, and opportunists.

Peppered with practical advice, each chapter focuses on one particular painting and the mystery that surrounds it. Mould is our trusty detective, tracking down clues, uncovering human foibles and following hunches until the truth is revealed. Mould is known for his ability to crack the toughest puzzles and whether he's writing about a fake Norman Rockwell, a hidden Rembrandt, or a lost Gainsborough, he brings both the art and the adventure to life. The Art Detective is memoir, mystery, art history, and brilliant yarn all rolled into one.

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An insider's look at the exciting and unpredictable "discovered masterpiece" side of the art world.If the author's appearances on Antiques Roadshow have taught aspiring art collectors anything, it's ... Read full review

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Philip Mould is the director of Philip Mould & Company, an international business specializing in early British art and portraiture. Mould has over three decades in the art business, and journalists have dubbed him the "art sleuth" for his string of notable art discoveries, which include finding the only portrait of Prince Arthur Tudor. He is widely known for his books on art discovery, including Sleuth: The Amazing Quest for Lost Art Treasures, The Art Detective, and Sleepers: In Search Of Lost Old Masters.

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