Amazing Custom Painted Knabe Country French / Renaissance Style Parlor Grand Piano

This amazing French Country style parlor grand piano with its exquisitely carved Louis XV Style cabinet and lavish hand-painted ivory/gold finish give an overall formal and elegant appearance that is just stunning to see in person!

$50,000 after total restoration
(not including applicable sales tax & shipping charges)
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Specifications
  • YEAR: 1917
  • LENGTH: 5 feet, 8 inches
  • FINISH: Custom Painted Ivory/Gold French Country Scenes
  • STATUS: Currently Undergoing Restoration
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The Louis XV style is one of the most beautiful classic furniture styles ever produced. The style evolved during the reign of King Louis XV of France during the early 18th Century. Once considered a sign of wealth and extravagance, the Louis XV style has evolved into one of the most elegant and beautiful styles ever produced. The Louis XV style is simply timeless, and it is as popular today as popular today as it was centuries ago.

Still today, the Louis XV style is generally found on only the finest and most expensive furniture. The Louis XV style requires taking a hard piece of wood and turning it into a beautiful and delicate object, often requiring extensive turning, bending and carving. Because of the immense amount of skill, time and labor involved in wood turning, bending and carving, it stands to reason that only the finest pianos would be made in the Louis XV style.

Not unlike 18th Century France, Turn-Of-The-Century America was a period of lavish lifestyles, excessive luxury and great prosperity. Several piano manufacturers specialized in creating custom, one-of-a-kind pianos on special order for wealthier clients in order to match their home’s décor – often in historical or period furniture styles. In the early 20th Century, it was not uncommon for a wealthy client to visit the prominent Knabe Piano Factory, choose the instrument they preferred among all others, then have the factory commission a specialized cabinet maker and artist to design and build a custom cabinet around the instrument they chose. This piano would have been picked out among many for its fine tone quality, and then a small fortune spent to have the cabinet custom made to suit the client’s décor!

This piano was built in 1912 and is made in the lavish Louis XV style with elegantly carved legs and exquisite moldings and trim. The beautifully scalloped case is painted in the French-Country style with ivory, gold and earth-tone accents all showing a lovely aged patina. It is adorned with scenes of musicians, angels, cherubs and wheat sheaves all depicted in amazing detail and accuracy. The instrument has an overall formal and elegant appearance. Nearly every square inch of this instrument is covered in breathtaking custom painted detail, and it is just stunning to see in person. Like most pianos by William Knabe & Company, this piano has a superb touch and tone quality.

If desired, this piano can be equipped with the Pianomation player system, and can play by itself by streaming music live on an iPod, computer, iPad, etc.

The matching bench is included.

INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA

19th Century Knabe Advertisements Middle & Late 19th Century Advertisements For The Knabe Piano Company
20th Century Knabe Advertisements Early 20th Century Advertisements for the Wm. Knabe Piano Company
Knabe Catalog 1870 Rare Victoran era illustrated sales catalog for William Knabe & Company, circa 1870
Knabe Catalog 1911

Early 20th Century Illustrated Sales Catalog For William Knabe & Company, Circa 1911

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