The Great Pretender

A Catalogue of Chaos and Creativity

by Nick Perry


The Great Pretender

A hilarious and enthralling account of the trading of replica antiques in London’s fine art circles

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‘Give me three years and we’ll be millionaires,’ Nick challenged his long-suffering family in 1980, when cash was king. ‘I’ve got an idea that’s going to take us to the top.’

Tinkering with alchemy in an old stable he shared with a Shire horse, Nick discovered how to create the most convincing antique replicas ever made. He started by selling a few of his netsukes on a market stall at the Birmingham Rag Market and met extraordinary and eccentric people, the risk-taking gamblers with fast tongues. Each had their own moneyspinning ideas; you name it, he replicated it for the wheeler-dealers chasing the dream. When Nick and his crew reached the rarefied circles of the London art world he realised he could be dangerously out of his depth.

This is the unlikely and often hilarious story of where nothing but enthusiasm and self-belief can take you.

Nick Perry spent his childhood in Dorset, out in the countryside daydreaming most of the time. He was educated at Parkstone Sea Training School before leaving for London where he worked for ATV Television. He travelled around Europe moving from job to job until he came into money and on impulse he bought a hill farm in North Wales. He lives with his wife Arabella in the Wiltshire countryside where he spends his time writing, walking and listening to classical music. He is the author of Peaks and Troughs and Escape to Ikaria.

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ISBN: 9781846974700

Publication date: 09/05/2019

Format: Paperback

Extent: 256

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon