The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures

The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures By Philip Mould, The Art Detective Fakes Frauds and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures 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 eve
  • Title: The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures
  • Author: Philip Mould
  • ISBN: 9780670021857
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds, and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures By Philip Mould, 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 thThe 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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    1. When you go to a car dealer, you can be reasonably sure that Toyota or BMW or Ford is, indeed, a Toyota or BMW or Ford The dealer doesn t have to trace the VIN through the whole supply chain back to the factory to confirm the nameplate s legit Simple.Not so much for buying art Rembrandt didn t put serial numbers on his paintings Famous artists had schools and followers who learned how to paint or sculpt the way the master did, started or helped with the master s works, maybe knocked off a canvas [...]


    2. Mould is a little too casual and chatty for my taste, although I m sure I d enjoy him on Antiques Roadshow I m interested in the topic art restoration, misattributions, connoisseurship, the detective work of finding out who really painted something but I d rather either see it done on the telly, or read academic works about it The book, though small, has two sections of color plates, which is nice Without them I think it would be exceedingly boring With them, we can compare before and after Rem [...]


    3. As an art freak I enjoyed this book.The episodes were of varying interest to me, what I found most fascinating was the bad restorer problem Say you have a 17th century masterpiece but with a bit of damage Now if you were clever, you could just paint the damaged areas But that takes an annoying amount of patience Instead, just slather a bunch of paint over the area and keep blending until it sort of looks OK but obliterating a large amount of the original work, and maybe this happens a couple of [...]


    4. Really enjoyed this book, but I will say, it s definitely a niche book, so to speak I was acquainted with Philip Mould through the British Antiques Roadshow I always enjoyed his segments, and I have a large interest in art, art history, and the art market, so it seemed like a good fit for me I found all the cases very interesting and I enjoyed Mould s style of writing He has a very rich vocabulary, which is rarely encountered in our world today, and I found that particularly refreshing Admittedl [...]


    5. I received The Art Detectives as part of the First Read program.I m not an art connoisseur by any stretch, although I do have my tastes and don t mind the occasional museum stroll I love history and I love a good story When you combine art, history and terrific storytelling, you come out with a book like The Art Detectives by Philip Mould.The book is structured around 6 specific paintings, and the mysteries that surround surrounded them Mould is a fantastic writer He s clear, concise and sometim [...]


    6. Mr Mould is a dealer is British art and Old Masters as well as being a featured art expert on BBC episodes of The Antiques Road Show He is considered one of the world s foremost experts on British portraiture One would think this would lead to a stuffy textbook like approach to his writing Nothing could be further from the truth As the reader gets to know Mr Mould through his book it becomes quite obvious that he truly enjoys what he does and writes about it with enthusiasm and quite often a sen [...]


    7. When I first received this book through the first reads program, I had expected a collection of stories chronicling the rarified world of the museum setting Instead Philip Mould, shows that although the glamour of the art world does exist, behind the museum walls there are restorers, scholars, and collectors who are truly passionate about art and dedicate themselves to seek out lost treasures Part history lesson, part detective novel, the author traveled far and wide and found himself in a dilap [...]


    8. This is a fascinating book The author worked on Antiques Roadshow, and also owns a gallery where he and his coworkers handle everything from restoration to purchases to authentication This book follows some of what Mould considers his most interesting cases I particularly found interesting the Norman Rockwell Hoax, which read like a mystery with all its twists and turns, and the Queen Elizabeth portrait, which contained a lot of fascinating royal history While I did occasionally get bogged down [...]


    9. I think this book s title is somewhat misleading I was expecting a book on international art scandals, and this isn t quite it.A better title would have been Some Interesting Stories from My Life As An Art Dealer.That s what this book is, an art dealer who tells us about some of the interesting things that happened to him in his career It s a perfectly fine book and I still enjoyed it, but the title over hypes it as having a much broader spectrum than it actually has.


    10. Chatty, intriguing reminiscences from an art dealer who specializes in British historical portraits Includes descriptions of forgeries, lost masterpieces, thefts, eccentric collectors, and world travels Someone with a background in art history would probably find this too basic, but I enjoyed it.


    11. This book is the thrill of the hunt in print with the best possible results,s of art with historical significance As someone who enjoys perusing estate sales for the big find and art history, this little book was a quick, satisfying read.


    12. This is a great, succinct little read featuring a nice cache of fascinating art world stories as shared by Philip Mould, a long time British art dealer and truly, art investigator Covered here are the miraculous discoveries of old master works hidden beneath musty overpaint spotted by Mould and his associates quick eyes, a infamous case of Norman Rockwell forgery evidently committed by one of the artists close friends, the miraculous discovery of a Winslow Homer watercolor in a dump and identifi [...]


    13. I really like this book As an art history buff, this was a fascinating human angle on a subject I d studied a lot academically, as dates and movements and concepts The thrill of the chase and the novelty of the finds was balanced out by the humanity of the collectors and actors involved The painting wasn t just cleaned Philip Mould cleaned it like a naughty child sneaking a cookie before dinner There is a family who bore the burden of a fanatical collector s strange treasure trove A highly recom [...]


    14. Interesting stories about the discovery artworks and forgeries Wonders will never cease at the authentication of the Norman Rockwell forgery When a witness to the creation of an artwork tells you something was done to it and you cannot find any evidence of it, how do you continue to authenticate it As an archivist, I found that completely frustrating Good, even paced narration in the audio version.


    15. I ve always been a little obsessed with art and literature academia sorts of mysteries, and this book presents many that the art dealer author has encountered in his personal life Fun and fascinating.


    16. The author is a bit self aggrandizing, but over all a great book detailing a very interesting career in the art world I only wish there was a second edition or post script that told us how the final story in the book ended in the legal battle.



    17. It reads much like a mystery novel, which is incredibly fun The history, and science behind art detection is fascinating


    18. Listened to on CD on drive to Portland.This was fun Most of the books I have read on art detection is about determining that a piece is counterfeit, this book is about proving that a piece is authentic The author is on the British Antiques Road Show and has the showmanship that might have been tiresome but he is able to pull it off My favorite piece was the last one a Winslow Homer found by a junkyard.


    19. Really interesting A bit snooty, which is actually fun rather than out of place, since you re spying on the elite world of people who restore and or buy paintings worth millions The narrator of the audio version attempts rather abysmal American and Dutch accents which are wildly distracting.


    20. I m just about finished reading The Art Detective Fakes, Frauds and Finds, and the Search for Lost Treasures by Philip Mould The author is the host of BBC s Antiques Roadshow, and also runs a showroom in London that specializes in British portraiture, among other things Throughout his career, he s had many encounters with obvious works of art somewhat interesting to the general public, however, are the times when he s found a hidden gem, a carefully disguised fake, or an outright amazing piece [...]


    21. This was so much fun Philip Mould is an art dealer and an expert on the British Antiques Roadshow a show that I have seen exactly once and has some interesting detective stories to tell The book is structured around six stories about fakes, lost treasures etc I just love the story about the fake Norman Rockwell hanging in a museum for several years The owner was a friend of Rockwell s and got the picture for cheap When the owner went into a home, his sons put the picture in a Rockwell museum unt [...]


    22. First things first I got this book for free as an advanced copy from the publisher This fact in no way influenced my feelings on the book other than I m always happy to receive free books in the mail.My liberal arts education took me to Vienna, Austria in 2003 where I took an art history course Honestly, my only real insight into Art, with a capital A The premise of this book intrigued me but I was still a little leery about whether it would all just fly over my head Happily, it did not Mould di [...]


    23. I ve read so many anecdotes about new paintings by someone who had been dead for hundreds of years being discovered, or paintings getting lost Mould s book gave me some insight into how that happens As it turns out, I m even naive about the art world than I realized For instance, it never occurred to me that a painting of, say, Elizabeth I could be owned by a private collector.The art world is astounding High stress, high prices, high pressure restoration work I can t imagine the nerves it woul [...]


    24. A high stakes art dealer often on the British Antiques Roadshow describes several instances of detecting or uncovering both frauds and treasures He covers the unsuspected hoard of an eccentric New England collector, the true story behind a famously fake Rockwell, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I that would be worth millions if genuine, a missing Rembrandt, a Homer discovered in the trash, a lost Gainsborough, and He covers a lot about how art dealers and buyers try to determine whether or not a [...]


    25. This book was interesting I don t know if I would give it a full 4 stars ALMOST 4 Maybe 3.75 But it was very interesting to read how dealers investigate and learn all they can about these paintings before they buy them And then usually, there is extensive restoration that needs to be done Apparently, people would just take paintings and PAINT OVER them if they felt like it Sometimes it was to cover up nudity, sometimes it was to change a political view of the subject Or sometimes it was to hide [...]


    26. I received this book in a first reads giveaway.Philip Mould s book was a nice overview of artwork and the problems that pieces of art and art dealers face Although this book was not what I had expected, the narratives were intriguing and captivated the reader I was particularly interested in the conservation aspect of the book that was presented to the reader and the changes that paintings undergo throughout their lifetime Despite the fact that the book read like a narrative than the historical [...]


    27. So far I m still listening Wasn t sure if this would be ok to listen to or if I would keep wanting to look something up which isn t easy while driving.I ll keep you posted.The audio was very easy to listen The author is one of the original Traveling Antique show appraisers in Great Britain His specialty is art He has uncovered several masterpieces from varying artists in odd circumstances One he found on ebay Out of curiousity I looked at old painted oil portraits Sure don t know how he figured [...]


    28. 1 I won an advance copy i.e uncorrected proof from a raffle Color me excited.2 I ve been looking for good summertime reading Not necessarily fluff, but on the escapism side I need to start my preparatory reading for the PhD program in fall 3 I liked the book Mr Mould is knowledgeable and he gives thorough details of the context for each story He s also conversational enough I imagine this is what makes him an excellent expert on Antiques Roadshow to make the technical bits of his work accessibl [...]


    29. I won this on first reads Thank you This book lay dormant for years in my room after I started reading the introduction It s not that it started out in a boring way, but I had so many other books to review under time limits, plus moving to a different state, etc.I decided to pick this book back up, and I m glad I did The true stories of paintings that unfolded were fascinating, from the people who owned them, to scraping away paint to reveal original paint below The book mentioned a TV show bein [...]


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