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Philip Mould is a British art dealer best known in the U.S for his appearances as an art appraiser on the PBS re-broadcasts of the original BBC series Antiques Roadshow, retitled Antiques Roadshow UK. Mould's real claim to fame, though, is as a finder of lost or misidentified art. Here he recounts, with considerable wit and charm, his adventures in the trade, and the stories behind his most noteworthy finds, among them a lost piece by Thomas Gainsborough and a watercolor by Winslow Homer. Mould writes like a born storyteller, revealing enough of his craft in these highly literate war stories to pull in the layman reader and inform those who want to know a little about identifying and restoring art works without bogging down his yarns with needless minutia. Remarkably, given Mould's stature in the world of art dealing, he devotes little space to self-congratulation, admirable modesty that makes his prose all the more endearing and the man all the more fascinating.--Helbig, Jack Copyright 2010 Booklist