Fencing Figures by Thomas Holland. This is a dynamic and well done sculpture comprising of two bronze figures mounted on a wooden base. The figures are two unclad fencing figures, a man and a woman. The artwork has a overall mid-century style and appeal and was made by the American artist Thomas Holland (1917-2004). Both bronze figures are signed “THOMAS” together with some other markings next to the signature which look like a year but which we were unable to decipher. The two separate bronze figures are screwed to the original base, some of the photos show the figures detached from the base for clarity.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
A third generation Californian, Thomas Holland was born in Alameda, California, and studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Mexico. He was best known as a sculptor and polo player, although at various times in his life he was also a ballet dancer, sailor, boxer and fencer. He worked as a radio actor, then in the early days of television before an extended period as an artist at the Walt Disney company. As a sculptor, Thomas Holland achieved the greatest recognition for his heroic monument to the Pony Express which stands at the western terminus of the historic route in Sacramento, California. The fifteen-foot-high bronze statue was unveiled on June 4, 1976, in honor of the American Bicentennial. As a polo player, Thomas Holland was most active during the 1970s and 1980s when he regularly played on several amateur teams in Southern California and Florida. His polo experience is reflected in his many equestrian and sports sculptures, including one that was presented to The Prince of Wales at a match in 1981.