History’s greatest artists spent lifetimes steeped in explorations of the human form: think Peter Paul Rubens and Michelangelo, for instance, and ask yourself what could possibly have held the fixation of these masters more stunningly than the human body. We at Thos. Moser have an equally vivid fascination with the physique, which is no surprise given that we’ve created furniture to embrace the human form since Tom Moser made his first chair in 1972.
Those of you who know us well have watched as a new generation of Mosers has championed Tom’s passion for creating beautiful furnishings. Whether you are new to our story or not, you may be unaware that David, the youngest of the new guard, has been exploring his artistic side for some time. His sculptures are exhibited in the Thos. Moser showrooms, and if you visit, you’ll notice how the graceful fluidity of the female form holds sway in his creations.
This month Tom has unveiled a sculpture of his own, christened “Bella,” which he brought into being early last year while wintering in La Belle, Florida. The life-sized siren-like sculpture was created in the likeness of a neighbor who inspired Tom to ask if she would pose for him. The cast-in-bronze Bella, who figuratively sprung from these sittings, perches upon a granite base—her expression serene though slightly coy and her demeanor delicately poised. She will develop an appealing patina over time if placed outdoors, while indoors her finish will remain unaffected by the elements.
The prototype of Bella is ensconced in Tom’s home in Maine, and a limited edition of twenty is being sold through Thos. Moser showrooms in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC. “Replicating the human form in clay is a joyous experience,” remarks Tom. “Then seeing the effort cast in bronze through the lost wax process is magical.” Though the initial spark for the name Bella sprung from the central Florida town in which her visage was born, the word in Italian - meaning "beautiful girl" - makes it all the more fitting, doesn’t it?
Bella is the perfect timely feature today because not only is it Valentine’s Day (and who doesn’t love a beautiful sculpture?) but it's also New York Fashion Week, a premier celebration of the designers who complement the human form so expressively. Their collective inspirations for the fall couture season will be a delight to absorb, as they set the stage for fashion forward. Now that’s what we call living in the future!
We’re thrilled to note the Bangor Daily News featured our winsome gal recently. To see what the venerable paper had to say, click here.
Tom has been sculpting furniture and working with wood for as long as he can remember. It wasn't until recently that he started working with a different medium, clay, in a more substantial way. In Tom's words, "Unlike wood, fashioning clay is both additive and subtractive ― correcting mistakes and editing are more easily done."
Tom started working on a sculpture, while spending the early winter months of 2010 in La Belle, Florida. His neighbor there inspired his first creation, Bella, named after their ideal setting.
Bella is a life-size replication of his neighbor, perched on a granite base and cast in bronze at a local forge. The bronze statue weighs in at 140 lbs and is suitable for interior or exterior placement. The bronze will develop a beautiful patina over time.
Tom's first prototype of Bella is located at his home in Maine, but he has since created a limited run of twenty that he is selling. Our showrooms in Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, DC are proud to each have the sculpture in their presence. For more information or pricing, please call your local showroom or our Customer Care Center at (800) 862-1973.