The Crest – a “brock” (badger) holding a golden horn (Or) – a reference to the Company’s two founders, Lord Peter Brooke and Jonathan Horne.
The Shield – Gules (red) – signifying magnanimity – an allusion to the Company’s charity work – set with a depiction of the Horne Cup, the special silver goblet commissioned by the then Master, Philippa Glanville and the Court in memory of Jonathan. Behind the goblet are two crossed Roman spears – an allusion to the time when Roman soldiers advertised an auction of their chattels by sticking a spear in the ground – the Roman spears and the cup together is an allusion to Arts Scholars dealing with items from ancient to modern times.
The Latin motto – ARTES IN URBE COLAMUS – translates as “We foster Arts (with)in the City” and was devised by the late Geoff Egan FSA, a Past Master.
The Supporters - a squirrel and a dragon, symbolise two different aspects of the guardianship of the treasures of the past. The squirrel (who holds a golden acorn) is representative of the careful acquisitiveness of the collector. The dragon (a symbol of the City of London) cradles a pot of excavated Roman gold. Dragons are traditionally seen as fierce and vigilant guardians of treasure.
The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars
The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars is a Livery Company in the City of London.
Membership is open to those engaged in the study, curation, collection and trade in antiques, antiquities and objects of decorative and applied art. It also welcomes those engaged in the many associated support businesses such as restoration and conservation, insurance, event organisation, tax and legal advice, packing and shipping.
The Company is unique in bringing together such a range and depth of knowledge and expertise. The membership is united in a shared enjoyment of the past and a desire to encourage appreciation and knowledge of the decorative arts, now and in the future. As a result, meetings are not only convivial but always provoke a lively and productive exchange of views.
It is the Company’s aim to sustain and enhance the standing of those employed in this sector by recognising past achievements and by fostering future excellence through scholarship.
These ends are furthered by the Company’s charitable funds which provide a number of educational awards as well as supporting publications, exhibitions and other projects.
The Company takes a wide view of the role of the decorative arts in the community, encouraging diversity and good citizenship.
The Company was recognised as a Company without Livery in 2010.
The Company attained Livery status on the 11th February 2014 and became the 110th Livery Company in The City of London
The Master. Alastair Leslie