Here Is The King Of The Victorian Concert State - This Model Chickering Was Preferred By Famous Pianists Of The Era Such As Liszt, Gottschalk, And Others.
Jonas Chickering was the first piano manufacturer in America. The Chickering firm was established in 1823 in Boston, 30 years before Steinway, and the company built the finest pianos the world has known. This magnificent instrument one of the most stunning grand pianos we have ever restored.
Built in 1861, this full size concert grand piano was originally used on a Mississippi River Steamboat known as the Steamer Mary E. Keene (see plaque in photos)! After the Civil War it was decommissioned and retired. It is elaborately carved with elaborately detailed fruit, flowers, and trim. Note the delicately carved fret style music rack and amazingly carved legs. Famous pianists like Franz Liszt and Gottschalk performed on these instruments while in the United States, offering rave reviews about the superiority of the Chickering piano. This is truly a rare opportunity to own a piece of American musical history. This piano can be fitted with a computerized player mechanism if desired.