Madeleine Perridge, gallery director at Kallos Gallery.

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1. How did you get your start?

After university I joined Bonhams in 2006 as a trainee in antiquities. There I slowly worked my way up, learning in a very hands-on setting about the market for ancient art, until I was promoted to head of department. Then in 2016 I was approached by Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza to take over as gallery director of Kallos.

2. How has the trade changed?

The importance of provenance and collection history has become absolutely paramount and significant efforts have been made by the legitimate trade in due diligence and provenance research. The connections between dealer, collector, academic and museum curator are so much closer than in the past. I hope that this continues.

There are fewer objects circulating and prices, which have been somewhat undervalued in the past, are rising significantly, particularly for works with the perfect combination of provenance, quality and rarity.

3. What sets Kallos apart from other galleries?

We are a young, fresh gallery and are constantly striving to show ancient art in an exciting, accessible atmosphere. We want to move away from the dusty, old, traditional feel of antiquities collecting and show new buyers how accessible and easily displayed ancient art can be.

4. Your favourite part of the London summer season?

Antiquities week, which is at the beginning of July and includes all the ancient art auctions at Bonhams, Christies and Sotheby’s. It feels like the last hurrah before the summer.

5. Real ale or espresso martini?

Can I have a very dry gin martini with olives instead please?

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