The engraver received the honour from France’s minister of culture, Franck Riester
Engraver Tomáš Lesser from Moser has become a Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
He was honoured along with nine other artists including; François Demachy, perfumer for Christian Dior, Anne-Marie Legrand, costume designer for the Paris Opera, Thi Thu Nguyen, designer of leather products for the Louis Vuitton brand, or Christine Maquel, designer of leather products for Hermès.
The ceremony took place at the end of February in Paris, with French minister of culture, Franck Riester, handing down the honour.
Crediting his mentor at Moser, Tomáš says: “It is truly a great honour that my work has received such recognition. It is a prize not only for me but also for Vladimír Skála, who has been my mentor my entire life, and for the entire Moser glassworks. Without the stable base I found in Karlovy Vary, I would not have been able to dedicate my life to the engraver’s craft and get to where I am now.”
After studying at the Secondary School of Glassmaking in Kamenický Šenov, Tomáš started working as an engraver in Moser, where he remains to this day. He is known all over the world for his distinctive style, where he applies his sense for figurative art and an “almost” sculptor’s sense for detail.
He creates pieces that stand out, due to their lifelike quality and unique air of action. He created a large amount of works for Moser with mostly figurative depictions or animal motifs. He was awarded the Order of Knighthood for his peacock engraving rendered onto an original Art Nouveau vase.
The Czech Republic can pride itself on having another Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Past recipients of this distinction for major contributions to the enrichment of the French cultural heritage include Jiří Menzel, Jan Saudek, Eva Zaoralová, Hana Hegerová, Magdalena Kožená and Adolf Born. In addition, Václav Havel was a holder of the grade of Commander, the highest grade of the Order.
This year’s ten recipients were nominated from among prominent figures in the world of art from France and other European countries by Comité Colbert, an association founded in 1954 to represent eminent French and recently also outstanding European producers of luxury items. Since 2011, Moser has also been a member of Comité Colbert.