David Brooker of David Brooker Fine Art.

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Based in Connecticut, he is exhibiting for the first time at The Chelsea Antiques Fair, which runs from September 21-26.

1 How did you get your start?

I was a collector of military things as a child and that started my interest in antique fairs, shops and auctions.

2 Have you noticed any collecting trends in the last 12 months?

Eighteenth century English country house paintings are really hot – in particular portraits, sporting paintings and landscapes.

3 What is one great discovery you’ve made?

A watercolour by John Ruskin I bought at Christie’s in New York for less than $100.

4 One lesson you would like to pass on to others in the trade?

Online is the way forward – get on every platform there is across the world.

5 Who do you admire in the art and antiques world?

Every hard-working dealer in this trade deserves admiration.

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