The Court of Assistants
The Company is led by the Master, assisted by three Wardens and a Court of Assistants. The Court normally meets four times a year to formulate policy and ensure the smooth running of the committees that undertake detailed planning.
Middle Warden .
Renter Warden .
Loyd Grossman CBE, PhD FSA, Tom Christopherson,(Deputy Master) Alastair Leslie . Alderman Ian Luder FCA . Nicholas Somers. Christopher Claxton Stevens, Philippa Glanville OBE FSA , Mark Bridge, The late Dr. Geoff Egan FSA, The Late Jonathan Horne O.St J FSA, Geoffrey Bond OBE O.St J DL FSA, The Rt. Hon. Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville CH FSA (Founding Master)
Graham Barker,(Under Warden.) Roderick Caxton-Spencer, (Chairman, Membership Committee), Deborah Charles, Alan S.Cook, (Renter Warden. Chairman of the Events Committee) Mary Foster,(Hon Treasurer), Maureen Mellor FSA, Toby Parker, (Chairman. Education Committee) Guy Schooling (Chairman of the Membership Committee), Colin Sewell-Rutter FRSA, John Spanner TD. Roy Sully, (Chairman of the Finance Committee),
Lt Col (Retd) Chris C.S.Booth
Geoffrey Fairfax MBE.
Reverend Canon Roger Hall MBE.
Trustees of the Charitable Trust.
Richard Aydon, John Barber DL, Hilary Bauer, Mark Bridge, Tom Christopherson, David Needham, John Spanner TD
Roderick Caxton-Spencer (Chairman), Isabella Corble, Laura Knowles-Cutler, Mary Foster, Wynyard Wilkinson. Tony Willenbruch. Dr Martin Allen.
Alan S Cook, (Chairman)(Renter Warden), Peter Barber OBE, Deborah Charles, James Drabble, Georgina Gough.(Secretary, Middle Warden) Anne Rogers Haley, Elizabeth Mellows. Maureen Mellor, Molly Rumbelow, Wynyard Wilkinson.
Guy Schooling (Chairman)(Under Warden), Georgina Gough (Secretary. Middle Warden). Graham Barker, Monica Bloch, Jill Makepeace-Warne, David Needham, (Trustee).
Colin Sewell-Rutter, Ian Tough. Victoria Wolcough.
Roy Sully (Chairman) Graham Barker(Senior Assistant), Colin Sewell-Rutter, Mary Foster (Hon Treasurer), William Hiscocks.David Ruckert, Anne Somers
Toby Parker, (Chairman), Dr David Bellingham
John Benjamin, Tom Christopherson, Mark Dennis, Philippa Glanville, Viv Lawes, Colin Sewell-Rutter and the Clerk.
Loyd Grossman. CBE, PhD FSA,
Loyd Grossman is an entrepreneur, writer and broadcaster who has a long involvement with museums and heritage in the UK. A former Commissioner of English Heritage and of the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England, he is Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust and Chairman of the Heritage Alliance. He is also President of NADFAS and a member of the board of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.
Loyd was born in Boston USA, and educated at Boston University, the London School of Economics and Magdalene College Cambridge. He is Emeritus Governor of the LSE and a member of the Council of the British School of Rome.
He was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015
Paul Viney is Chairman of Woolley and Wallis who have been holding auctions in Salisbury since 1884.
They were the first regional auction house in the UK to sell a lot over £1m which they have now done eight times with an 18th century Chinese jade buffalo sold in 2009 heading the list at £4m.
Paul was educated at Rugby and began his career at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford then worked for the National Trust at Waddesden Manor, the former Rothschild home near Aylesbury.
He then joined Phillips Auctioneers where he was Vice-President in New York for three years and European Director from 1986-92. In his career he has taken over 2000 auctions.
For 26 years from 1984-2010 Paul conducted the Children-in-Need auctions with Terry Wogan live on Radio Two, raising over £5 million. He appeared as a specialist on The Antiques Roadshow from 1993-2013. He was Chairman of the Society of Fine Art Auctoneers 2009-2013, His interests include golf, the First World War poets and the songs of Tom Lehrer
Having been surrounded by antiques and works of art for all my life, I joined the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1968 instead of studying archaeology as originally planned. At the V&A, I was involved in setting up exhibitions both within the museum and for travelling around the country (mainly to schools and art colleges) and this enabled me to study a wide variety of items from 16 thc Italian bronzes to David Hockney etchings, Chinese porcelain to Charles Rennie Macintosh.
A brief change of direction took me fund-raising to the Royal Opera House (lovely) and selling Chelsea properties (not so lovely) before joining the family firm of Ronald A Lee Fine Arts, housed in a quirky former coaching inn in the heart of Mayfair.
The company, which then consisted of my father Ronald Lee, his business partner R T (Peter) Gwynn, my brother Charlie and myself, dealt in many areas of the fine and decorative arts with an emphasis on 17th century English clocks, furniture and arms and armour. We enjoyed a good relationship with many major museums both within the UK and further afield and a number of our purchases can now be found in public collections.
After a slight change of direction working with silver dealer Brand Inglis and subsequently Stair & Co, in 2004 I was persuaded by the eminent pottery dealer, Jonathan Horne, to help him set up a new City Guild for the decorative arts and the rest is history…
John Spanner. TD
Educated at Reading School, I then joined Standard Chartered Bank in the City as an interim job, and left there 37 years later as Head of Group procurement, having managed all the non-banking areas of the bank.
My interest in the government and traditions of the City led to my becoming a Freeman in 1975, and joining Broad Street Ward Club, which I subsequently chaired. I was elected to the Court of Common Council in 1984, and served on this until 2013 for the Ward of Broad Street, and then the Ward of Farringdon Without; I became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers in 1982, being Master in 2002-03, and am now chairman of that year's Past Masters' Association.
Through the Glovers I joined the British Glove Association, eventually becoming President of this, and I still organise the annual student glove design and hand safety poster design competitions that the BGA initiated.
I was an Infantry officer in the Territorial Army from 1966 to 1999, in 2 Wessex (now 7 Rifles). I live in Merstham (in the old Toll and Weigh House of the Surrey Iron Railway) with my wife Mary, a retired City stockbroker; between us we have a host of delightful children and grandchildren.
My love of antiques began when I was given a small Staffordshire sheep by a great-aunt when I was 11 (a sheep which has become a flock of unmanageable proportions); this led to my frequenting junk shops, and latterly antique shops, where I found there were many other things I did not need but just had to have. My collecting is now vaguely under control until I receive an auction cataloge.
Tom Christopherson is a solicitor and head of Art and Law Studies at the Sotheby's Institute of Art-London. Previously Tom worked for 19 years at Sotheby's Auction House as a Senior Director and European General Counsel.
Tom was educated at Lockers Park and Radley where his educational highlight was dropping a catch on TV, and was awarded an Exhibition to read Modern History at Oxford in 1982, having spent a gap year teaching English and History and coaching cricket and rugby at St John’s College in Johannesburg.
Tom worked at the private client specialist law firm Withers from 1987-1989 and then at Freshfields the international corporate law firm from 1989 to 1996, working in London and Brussels. During his time at Freshfields Tom also spent a year on secondment with the Corporate Strategy and Transactions Team at the head office of the Rank Organisation plc.
Tom represented Sotheby’s on the Committee of the British Art Market Federation from 2001 to 2013, and served on the Committee of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers from 2000 to 2013, where he is now an Honorary Associate.
Tom is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers and a Freeman of the City of London. Tom was a member of the original Steering Committee which in time became the Court of the Company of Arts Scholars,Tom is a Trustee of the Company’s Charitable Trust, and has served on the Company’s Charity Auction, Livery Status,Events Committees and Education Committees (the last two as Chairman).
Tom lives in deepest West Sussex with wife Katie and 2 children, where he enjoys his garden and the countryside, holds a Level One Coaching Certificate in cricket and rugby, and ventures increasingly unsuccessfully onto the cricket field from time to time for The Invalids CC
Alastair Leslie is a lifelong collector of antiques. Over the years he has collected Stevengraphs, treen, miniature furniture, snuff mulls and snuff rasps. He recently completed a scholarly monograph, 300 Years of Tobacco Stoppers - Fine Works of Art in Miniature, based on his own 1400-piece collection. He is currently collecting Scottish pottery
Alastair did National Service with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in Malaya in the early 1950s and continued to serve with the Territorial Army until 1962, winning the Territorial Army Pistol Cup at Bisley in 1960. He became an insurance broker at Lloyds in 1957 with Willis Faber & Dumas Ltd, becoming managing director of their Lloyds Underwriting Agency for 10 years in 1976. He was a founding director of five other Lloyds agencies, including his own, and a founding director of United Goldfields NL. He was also a director of a wide range of companies involved in wine, mining, leasing and oil services and antiques (R.A.Lee plc), retiring in 1991.
He has been a Liveryman of the Clothworkers' Company for nearly 60 years and became Master in 1998. He is a member of the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen's bodyguard in Scotland.
He lives in Perthshire where his interests include fishing and other country pursuits
Alderman Ian Luder
Alderman Ian Luder was Lord Mayor in 2008-09 and is the Company's Sponsoring Alderman.
A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser by profession, Ian was President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1994-95.
He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coopers and of the Tax Advisers, and has been Master of the latter. Ian is now Chairman of a Foundation Trust Hospital
Nic Somers is an auctioneer and valuer with more than 40 years’ experience. He is the principal of Nicholas Somers and Company, a valuation and consultancy firm specialising in independent reports for Court relating to antiques and the fine and decorative arts. He frequently appears as an expert witness in Crown, County and High Courts.
His long career in art and antiques began in the mid 1960s in Shropshire as an auctioneer, then dealer. In 1967 he moved to London where he gained experience of the finest English furniture with one of the top London dealers – Royal Warrant holders M. Harris & Sons. Fond memories of those days include travelling to work in bowler hat with a tightly rolled umbrella and the cordon bleu lunches served on the premises for all staff.
During the 1970s he ran his own gallery in Worcestershire, before joining Sotheby’s Bond Street and then working in the West Country. From 1982 to 1990 he was a director of Bearnes Fine Art Auctioneers in Torquay, following a management buy-out from Sotheby’s.
He served as chairman of the Antiques and Fine Art Committee of the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers from 1995 to 1997 and chaired the Antiques and Arts Faculty of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 2003-2006.
He was a founder member of the Guild of Arts Scholars. He is apast master of the Worshipful Company of Turners and a Freeman of the City of London.
Nicholas has an abiding interest in all objects made of wood. He has long been a collector of treen and more recently has amassed an impressive collection of contemporary turned bowls and objects. He was the co-organiser of an exhibition on the importance of the craft of the turner in furniture and decorative arts, mounted by the Guild of Arts Scholars as part of The Worshipful Company of Turners’ Wizardry in Wood event in 2008.
Christopher Claxton Stevens
Christopher Claxton Stevens was born on 15th May 1952 and educated at Haileybury College and Christ Church, Oxford where he attained an M. A. degree in History. After spending some years in the Furniture Department of the auctioneers Christie’s, King Street, in 1981 he joined Norman Adams Ltd, the long-established specialists in the finest 18th century British furniture based in Knightsbridge, London. He was a Director from 1986 until its closure in 2009. Besides being a keen collector of antiques, he has a love of furniture of all periods, including commissioning modern pieces.
He was author of 18th Century English Furniture – The Norman Adams Collection (1983), co-author of British Furniture 1600-2000 (2005) and editor of The Frederick Parker Collection: a Selection of Chairs (2006). He writes on furniture of all types and his lecture schedule includes West Dean College, Sussex and visiting lecturer at Lublin University, Poland.
Christopher joined the City Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers in 1977 and became the second youngest Master in the Company’s history in 2002. His work as Chairman of the Guild Mark Committee, aiding designer-craftsmen, is commemorated by the annual Claxton Stevens Prize, founded in 1989 and awarded each year by the Lord Mayor of London at the Mansion House.
Christopher has served on the Council of the Furniture History Society and was Chairman of the Regional Furniture Society for seven years until 2001. He is a Trustee of two museums: the Geffrye Museum in London and the Chiltern Open Air Museum of Buildings in Buckinghamshire, as well as of the Frederick Parker Foundation, set up to preserve the Parker Knoll Collection of Chairs, now at London Metropolitan University. He is a Course Adviser for the Furniture Conservation and Restoration Course at West Dean College, Sussex. He was elected a member of the Art Workers’ Guild in 2004 and a Trustee in 2008.
Philippa Glanville OBE. FSA
An enthusiastic communicator, Philippa Glanville is now an independent adviser on the decorative arts, after a 40-year career as a curator.
After reading history at Cambridge & training as an archivist, she joined the Museum of London, where she planned the Tudor and Stuart Galleries, which opened in 1976.
Becoming the silver specialist at the V&A, she served as Keeper of Metalwork from 1989 to 1999, and devised the first phase of the award-winning Whiteley Silver Galleries, opened in 1996. She then went on to become the first Academic Director at Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, before retiring in 2003.
Her books include London in Maps (1972 Connoisseur/Ebury Press), Silver in England (Unwin Hyman 1987), Women Silversmiths 1697 -1845 (with Jennifer Goldsborough) (Thames & Hudson 1991), Elegant Eating (V&A 2002) and The Art of Drinking (V&A 2007).
She is a vice president of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) and is about to become a trustee of the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art across the UK - helping museums and galleries to buy, show and share art .
She is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. She is married to a fellow historian and they have two sons
She is curatorial adviser to the Harley Gallery, North Nottinghamshire and a recent project was an exhibition – "Dining with a Duke: Decoding Food and Drink at Welbeck 1695 to 1914", reflecting her longstanding research interest in the material culture of eating.
She was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015
Mark is Editor-in-Chief of the weekly newspaper Antiques Trade Gazette and has over 30 years experience of reporting and commentating on the art and antiques market. He is a founder member of the Guild of Arts Scholars and has edited its newsletter since its inception in 2005.
He was educated at University College School, Hampstead and Leeds University where he read English and French.
In September 1979, he went for a job interview at what he believed to be a book publisher. He was taken aback to be offered a post as a filing clerk on a newspaper, but he took the job nevertheless and has been working for Antiques Trade Gazette in a variety of roles ever since.
In those days Antiques Trade Gazette was published by a small team from a first floor flat above a French horn shop in Long Acre, Covent Garden. It was a small title but beginning to grow rapidly and Mark soon moved on to become a reporter and a sub-editor. His An Encyclopedia of Desks was published in 1988
When ATG was acquired by the Daily Mail Group in 1994, he was appointed editor and became more deeply involved in many aspects of the art and antiques business, working closely with the trade associations to organize, and ultimately chair, a series of ground-breaking conferences for dealers in the 1990s.
In 2000 he became Editor-in-Chief of all the Daily Mail Group art and antiques titles worldwide, including ATG and The Dealer in the UK and AntiqueWeek and AntiqueWest in the USA.
In 2008 he was part of a successful management buy out which led to the formation of ATG Media
Mark lives in rural East Sussex with his wife Jane and son Robin. He plays cricket and rings the church bells in his home village. He has always enjoyed outdoor pursuits, including shooting, fishing, sailing, bird watching and hill walking. He is a keen vegetable gardener, with a 1948 Ferguson tractor and unfulfilled pretensions to self-sufficiency
The late Dr. Geoff Egan FSA (1951-2010)
Geoff Egan was a specialist in Medieval and Post Medieval archaeology, a material finds expert with a profound and practical knowledge of the medieval and later archaeology of London and north-west Europe. In October 2010 he gave the Company of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors' annual lecture, Treasures from the Thames, drawing on his encylopaedic knowledge of finds from the London rivers.
His experience in directing excavations (notably medieval and later) at Thames-side sites, resulted in the publication of Medieval Finds From Excavations in London (7 vols 1987-98), and his abiding interest in medieval and later material culture, particularly metalwork, resulted in over 100 articles.
He lectured at Medieval-Europe conferences, the Kalamazoo Medieval Congress (Michigan), in New England for the US Society for Historical Archaeology, and in the West Indies among other locations for the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology, of which he served as President. Publications for the Museum of London covered glass-working, religious-house and Shakespeare-playhouse assemblages.
In 2010 he joined the Portable Antiquities Scheme at the British Museum as National Advisor for post-1050 finds, with responsibility for screening some potential Treasure items. From 1996 he was a consultant on finds at Jamestown, Virginia (first permanent English settlement in America), taught for the Victoria & Albert Museum/Royal College of Decorative Arts and Cambridge University, and acted as examiner for higher degrees for several universities, including Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and Turku (Finland).
Geoff was born in North-West London, where lived all his life.
During his secondary education at the academic hothouse of Harrow County School (for several years the school got more pupils to Oxbridge than any other in the country) the emphasis was on classics. ‘Advanced classics’ and Russian were extras instead of games.
At Cambridge he started by reading classics but switched to archaeology, moving closer towards the field to which he had been heading since childhood.
Having secured an archaeological job at the Museum of London in 1976, he undertook a year’s course in practical fieldwork in 1977/8 based at Oxford University.
It was a schoolboy fascination inspired by a display in a local library and subsequently fostered by finds in the 16th/17th-century dyers’ area of the Thames in the City of London that led to part-time PhD on lead trade seals for medieval and later cloths at University College London. A secondment to the British Museum resulted in a catalogue of its cloth seals.
Among many interesting diversions from his eventual career was a period as gardener, dumper driver and lawn mower at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His stint there between school and college included work in the quarantine and experimental greenhouses. His hitherto unrecorded contribution to the furtherance of science came when he accidentally knocked the one-and-only bud from the stem of a tradescantia with unique symmetry, recently collected in South America. The imminent flowering of this rarity was eagerly awaited but Geoff saved it by pushing the bud into the soil, where it thrived (apparently unaffected and its new position unnoticed) to the delight of the staff of the Jodrell Laboratory.
A holiday in Norway after college, walking and hitching north from Bergen ended with a job excavating medieval Trondheim - the beginning of several lasting friendships and a long-term appreciation of things Scandinavian.
A journey of 100 days around the world in 49 plane flights in 1987 stemmed from a desire to visit a life-long friend working in Papua New Guinea.
The late Jonathan Horne (1940-2010)
Jonathan was a dealer for 40 years specialising in early English pottery.
He was Chairman of the British Antique Dealer's Association 2001/4 and Vice-President of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology. A President of St John Ambulance, Kingston Division, a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Stationers' Company, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
He was born in Cornwall at the beginning of the war. The family returned to Croydon in South London and endured the Blitz. Tradition says that he and his two brothers would be threatened that if they didn’t behave there would be no guns that night. It was their task to collect shrapnel from the lawn every morning so it wouldn’t get caught in the lawnmower.
Educated at Whitgift School in South London, as a teenager Jonathan Horne would cycle through Kent and took part in many archaeological digs, in particular Lullingstone Roman Villa, Reculver and Dover Roman Forts. For a time he was a trainee manager at Selfridges, however his interest in archaeology and history led to him to found his own antiques business in 1968. This initially consisted of a stall in Portobello Road on Saturdays. By specializing in a particular subject – English Pottery – he soon became an expert in his field and was admitted as a member of the British Antique Dealers’ Association after less than four years, serving as their Chairman from 2000 until 2003.
In 2003 he approached Lord Brooke with the idea of forming a Guild for the antiques market and their associates. As Peter Brooke had been MP for the City of London this gave great momentum to the idea, which resulted in the formation of the Guild in 2005.
Jonathan had many other interests. Joining the Honourable Artillery Company (TA) in 1958, he marched in the Lord Mayor’s Show for 51 years. In 1978 he left the active unit of the TA and became a member of the Pikemen and Musketeers, the Lord Mayor’s bodyguard, and became their Elder Drumbeater. He was a founder member of the Society of Post-Medieval Archaeology and, for a number of years, was their Vice-President. For ten years was President of St John’s Ambulance, Kingston Division.
Jonathan Horne married Rachael in 1972 and they had three daughters (two of whom took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show as Vestal Virgins) and three grandchildren.
In the 1980s Jonathan Horne started a publishing business producing short-run specialist books, mainly on English ceramics. This was not intended as a commercial venture but a way of spreading the word which would have otherwise never been made public.
Geoffrey Bond, OBE OStJ, DL – lawyer, businessman and broadcaster, has brought a wide range of experience to the Company.
He is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass and was Sheriff of the City of London in 2003/4. He is currently Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Nottinghamshire
In professional life he is a former senior partner of law firm Ashton Bond Gigg, specialising in corporate and heritage law and as a broadcaster on radio and television, he had his own series on heritage for ITV in the 1980s and was an original expert on the Antiques Roadshow. He has lectured extensively on heritage, Byron and related matters.
In the world of business he is a former Director of Central Independent Television plc and former Chair of Impact Packaging plc and other companies, and currently non-executive Director of the Charles Lawrence Group plc.
He is active in the museum and heritage sector, chairing a number of bodies including the Museums and Libraries Association (London) (also a member of the MLA national board), the Group for Education in Museums and the Papplewick Pumping Station Trust. He is Deputy Chair of the Museum of Law and the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law and former Chair of Arts & Business East Midlands and a number of learned societies.
For many years he was Consul for Norway in the Midlands (a recipient of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit) and founder of the City of London Bridge Ward Club, Norwegian Business Scholars Trust and City of London representative of Seed Forum International. He has done extensive pro bono charity work, mostly for heritage organisations, and sponsored a number of educational initiatives.
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.