On February 11 the Court of Aldermen formally admitted the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars as the 110th Livery Company of the City of London.
The current Master of the Arts Scholars, Nicholas Somers,
heralded it as a historic day for all those who have worked over
the past ten years to create a company open to all involved in
studying, curating, collecting and trading in the decorative and
The vision for such an organisation came from two antiques trade
luminaries: the late Jonathan Horne, former chairman of the BADA,
and Lord Brooke, former president of the BADA and the British Art
Market Federation. It was they who began the three-stage process
that came to fruition last week.
The Company was first recognised by the City as the Guild of
Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors in 2005, becoming a Company
without Livery in 2010, and has had to meet the stringent financial
and other targets set by the London Corporation at each stage.
Many Livery Companies date back to the Middle Ages, but since
the 1950s there has been a resurgence of interest in the Livery
movement and the Arts Scholars are now one of around 30 'Modern'
Companies representing many of the professions that are central to
the economy today.
The Company's 247 members include dealers and auctioneers,
academics and museum curators, collectors, as well as shippers,
restorers, insurers and many other service providers.
For further information on joining the company contact the clerk