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Andreas Pampoulides, whose dealership with his long-time friend and fellow art afficionado Andrea Lullo is based in St James’s.

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1 How did you get your start as a dealer?

I began my career at Christie’s and left them after nearly 13 years. I loved working there but the corporate structure was sometimes suffocating and didn’t allow me to do what I was good at: deals and focusing on clients. I’ve been a dealer for over 10 years now and have loved every minute - even the bad ones.

Christie’s opened many doors for me, for which I’m grateful. Perhaps the most amazing was a bronze by Adrien de Vries (my favourite sculptor) that my colleagues and I found in a fountain in a castle and is in now in the Rijksmuseum.

2 What projects have you worked on lately?

Usually my interest is on European sculpture and works of art from the middle ages to the 19th century but much of our gallery’s business comes from master paintings - I’ve dropped the ‘old’, by the way: it’s a bit fusty and not representative of what we do. We also have a thriving business in late 19th/early 20th century, paintings, sculptures and drawings - so many discoveries to make here.

We’re very focused on museum sales at the moment. We have a handful that have just closed (a fantastic Luisa Roldan terracotta group, a masterpiece of 18th century bronze sculpture by Giuseppe Rusconi and a 17th century painting on marble by Pier Francesco Mola) plus another major sale that will be announced in September…

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Lorenzo Viani’s Portrait of Alpinolo Porcella, oil on canvas, priced £95,000 at Lullo Pampoulides.

3 One item you couldn’t do without?

My colleagues: Andrea, Matteo and Aurélien. We argue day and night, but we complement each other perfectly.

4 Do you have a collection in your home?

Yes. Many colleagues say that the collections they have at home are the stock they can’t sell. That’s not the case for me. I collect many things and love living with them. Sometimes new objects arrive and others leave, much to my wife’s and daughter’s chagrin.

5 Real ale or espresso martini?

Neither! I’d rather have a Negroni.