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The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures Hardcover – 10 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670021857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670021857
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Joyce on 3 Oct. 2010
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Excellent book, but unfortunately I had to return it since I had already owned it under a different title, i.e. Sleuth.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jun. 2010
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Philip Mould takes a wonderfully interesting look at how art restoration works. But, in looking at restoration of existing paintings, he also delves into how he, as a gallery owner, along with his staff, find work that has remained under-valued or unvalued for centuries. And then how that piece, now restored by Mould's team of experts, ventures back into the art world in renewed glory.

Mould, an appraiser for the BBC's "Antique Roadshow", is also an owner of a gallery in London which specialises in antique portraits. As an aside, I have visited the gallery in the past to see his collection but did not know that this book was written by the gallery's owner until I read the credits. As a book reviewer, I have no reason to falsely rave about his book, even though I have enjoyed visiting his gallery. I suppose that being a fan of antique portraits gave me the impetus to read and review the book, however.

Mould takes five or so examples of "found" paintings - one from his "Antique Roadshow" - and how instinct and education about a painter, his other work, the painting's subject's history, and other "intangables' go into Mould and his staff taking on an often dirty and undistinguished painting on the chance that the painting is "the real thing" - a real Rembrandt, a real Homer Winslow, etc. Probably the most interesting story was that of a Norman Rockwell painting on display at the Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts that...wasn't. Wasn't the "real" Rockwell painting, but rather one done by a disciple of Rockwell, who copied the original for reasons sort of murky, and donated to the museum. The "real" Rockwell was found by the copier's sons after his death and turned over to the museum.

The other examples Mould cites are almost as interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Helen on 29 July 2013
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Whether one is artistically inclined or not, this book is easily read and captivating. It gives a behind the scenes glimpse of a world that is foreign to most, where greed and genius often go hand in hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G on 22 Nov. 2012
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A very good book that gives you a great insight into the Art World.This is the man he recently discovered an unknown Van Dyck.
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