George Michael Moser

(1706—1783) chaser and enameller

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(b Schaffhausen, 17 January 1706; d London, 23 January 1783). Swiss engraver, chaser, designer and medallist who worked in England from 1726. He is best known for the elaborately chased and enamelled gold boxes and watch-cases that he produced in London; some extant examples (Gilbert Col., on loan to Los Angeles, CA, Co. Mus. A.) are signed. Some of his designs for watch-cases also survive (London, V&A). His work, carried out in the continental manner, is often highly sculptural, and he is said to have been influential in spreading the Rococo style in England. Four unmarked caryatid silver candlesticks (1740-45) on the theme of Apollo's pursuit of Daphne are based on a drawing signed by Moser (all London, V&A) and are rare examples of the execution of a fully Rococo English silver design. Moser was one of the founder-members of the Royal Academy, London, and became its first Keeper in 1768.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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