In search of the good oil on pos­si­ble mater­pieces

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ex­pert Philip Mould finds sleep­ers – paint­ings that hide dark se­crets. His most re­mark­able finds are pic­tures whose true au­thor­ship has been con­fused, mas­ter­pieces lost be­neath years of dirt and over-paint­ing. Mould is used to in­ves­ti­gat­ing other peo­ple’s paint­ings, but this time the ta­bles turn as his own pur­chase is put un­der the mi­cro­scope. With his keen-eyed re­searcher Ben­dor Grosvenor, Mould bought a paint­ing that he says could be the find of a life­time; an im­por­tant lost work by por­trait painter, Sir An­thony Van Dyke and worth a small for­tune. The only prob­lem is in or­der to prove it he’ll have to re­move later lay­ers of paint to un­cover the truth. ‘‘It’s a bit like open heart surgery,’’ says Mould as the ex­pen­sive and ir­re­versible process be­gins. A thor­ough restora­tion is needed and inches of can­vas cut away as an ear­lier im­age be­gins to ap­pear. Mould’s co-pre­sen­ter Fiona Bruce isn’t con­vinced and in­sists the work un­der­goes a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and needs to be au­then­ti­cated by an in­de­pen­dent Van Dyke ex­pert. Will Mould’s rep­u­ta­tion and the paint­ing make it to the end of the jour­ney un­scathed?

9.30pm, ABC1


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