A leading old masters specialist has surprised the art world by identifying three previously overlooked paintings by the 17th-century artist Anthony van Dyck. Philip Mould, a British dealer who once bought a Gainsborough on eBay for £120, has proved his eagle eye once again with the find, which includes two paintings sold by Christie’s last year as anonymous works. They were estimated to fetch just £20,000 and £8,000 respectively. The third, dismissed as a 19th-century copy, had been relegated to a storeroom of the Bowes Museum in Co Durham. Van Dyck (1599-1641) was the most revered painter in 17th-century Britain, where he was court artist to Charles I. The latest discoveries by Mould, who appears on BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow and has a record of unearthing masterpieces, have been corroborated by other Van Dyck academics. Asked how one of the world’s leading auction houses could have overlooked two works by the Flemish master, Mould told the Observer: “Perhaps Christie’s didn’t have sufficient time to research these pictures.” Although he acknowledged that auctioneers do not have the benefit of cleaning and restoring works, which help to reveal true quality, he added: “As art dealers, we scour daily the world’s auction catalogues for… Read full this story
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