Philip Mould began art dealing in his early teens and has since built up an international business specialising in early British art and portraiture, a subject on which he is internationally consulted. He recently celebrated his 30th anniversary in the art business.
Dubbed the ‘Art Sleuth’ by journalists for a string of notable art discoveries, his finds include the lost half of Gainsborough’s earliest known work, the only portrait of Prince Arthur Tudor and five lost works by Van Dyck. For twenty years he was art adviser to the Palace of Westminster for whom he found around 200 historical and political works in far flung corners of the globe, as well as advising on political commissions (for which he received the OBE in 2003).
Celebrating 30 years in the art business, an expert in British art and portraiture, Philip's is a life devoted to the face
He is more widely known for his writing and broadcasting and author of two books on art discovery Sleepers: In Search Of Lost Old Masters (Fourth Estate, 1995) and Sleuth: The Amazing Quest for Lost Art Treasures (Harper Collins, 2011). Both books are frequently cited as the most illuminating and best told insights into the workings of the old master trade, and have been published in America, Japan and China.
Sleuth gave rise to his hit BBC1 show Fake or Fortune? in 2011, a programme now in its sixth series co-presented with Fiona Bruce that seeks to solve art mysteries, and which has become one of the most successful art programmes in recent history. It is shown in over fifty countries across the world and the last run of programmes in July 2015 achieved audiences of up to 6 million. The next series is scheduled for Summer 2017.
In 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East Anglia where he studied history of art at the Sainsbury Centre.