Company Awards


(Value £400)

This is awarded annually to a person studying any aspect of the decorative arts at a UK university or institution of further education to enable him or her to travel in pursuit of their studies within the UK or abroad.

The award is paid annually and is also available for students studying archaeology.

The successful applicant will be expected to present a copy of his or her dissertation to the Guild. The successful applicant will be expected to attend at the Guild's cost, an event when the presentation of the award will be made.

Applications should be made to:

The recipient of this years Geoffrey Bond travel award for 2013 was WILLIAM FEROLDI who is studying

at Sotheby’s Institute where his long essay focused on the origin and subsequent history of four classic
modern chairs and the development of Mid-Century as a category in furniture.

The award is to fund a visit to the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, to speak to
experts about the continental context of his studies and especially the market related
to Charles Eames’s 1956 Lounge Chair manufactured in Europe by Vitra


(Value £200).


The West Dean College Conservation  award 2013 went this year to KATE AUGHEY who is studying on the Graduate
Diploma Programme in the Conservation of Furniture at West Dean College. After gaining a BA in Fine Art(2:1) from Kingston
University in 2006 she went on to Camberwell College of Art where she completed an MA in Illustration in 2009.

She then worked as a fine artist and illustrator working in awide range of media but has now switched
to furniture restoration after attending an introductory ‘taster weekend’ at the college.


The Company has taken as its emblem this marble head of Mithras of about 180-220 AD. It was discovered during the excavation of the late Roman temple of Mithras just off Queen Victoria Street after the Second World War and is now in the Museum of London.

Mithras was a complex cult figure embodying light, truth and regeneration.

To the Company of Art Scholars this emblem represents the history which lies everywhere beneath the surface of the City of London.