Nicholas Somers has been installed as Master of the Company of Arts Scholars for 2013/14.
Mr Somers, a former chairman of the RICS
arts faculty and of the ISVA art and antiques committee, expressed
his delight at becoming the first Master to represent the auction
and valuation side of the membership.
The Company was founded in 2005 as the Guild
of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors and is progressing towards
becoming a full Livery Company of the City of London, probably in
2014. Membership is open to all those involved in the the study,
curation, collection and trade in antiques, antiquities and objects
of decorative and applied art.
Above: Nicholas Somers, the new Master
of the Company of Arts Scholars.
Last year's Master, Christopher Claxton Stevens, now becomes
Deputy Master, with former Lord Mayor Alderman Ian Luder as Upper
Warden, collector Alastair Leslie as Middle Warden and Tom
Christopherson of Sotheby's as Renter Warden. This year also saw
the inauguration of two new appointments with entrepreur and
heritage campaigner Loyd Grossman as Under Warden and Salisbury
auctioneer Paul Viney as Senior Assistant.