Custom Designed Bechstein Art-Case Parlor Grand Piano

This Stunning Instrument Is A Rare Example Of True 19th Century German Craftsmanship At Its Finest

$60,000
(not including applicable sales tax & shipping charges)
For Sale
Specifications
  • YEAR: 1876
  • LENGTH: 6 feet, 6 inches
  • FINISH: Blonde Satinwood w/ Inlay and Marquetry
  • STATUS: Restored
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The Bechstein name is synonymous with Germany’s finest piano building, often considered the European equivalent to Steinway in America.

Restored antique Bechstein pianos are very popular and highly sought after across Europe and Asia, but they are a bit scarce in the United States. Characteristic to most German built pianos, vintage Bechstein pianos have a very distinct tone quality often described as melodic and especially clear. This distinct tone quality is what promoted Bechstein pianos to concert stages in Europe during the 19th and 20th Centuries. In fact, Bechstein pianos are still one of the most widely used pianos on the concert stage in Europe today.

This piano is a rare, custom made piano built by the famous Bechstein Piano Company of Germany in 1876. This instrument is especially rare because it is made of beautiful golden satinwood with extensive marquetry and hand-painted detail. Most pianos built during the late 19th Century were made in of very dark woods or even black finishes to match dark and heavy Victorian era décor. They were rarely made in blonde or golden wood tones like this unique instrument. The custom designed cabinet has extensive inlay and marquetry depicting flowers, sea shells, butterflies, and ivy. The inlay and marquetry is also accented with delicately hand-painted detail, making this one of the most unusual and beautiful Victorian era pianos we've ever seen. Note the beautifully carved pedal lyre and elaborate use of marquetry inlay on the music stand – even the smallest details have been executed with extraordinary precision.

The instrument appears to still have the original finish, and has been cleaned and French-Polished to bring out the lovely patina of the wood. Even though it has been well maintained and cared for over the years, the internal mechanisms are being restored to factory new condition. The end result will be a true concert quality instrument as well as a beautiful piece of furniture.

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

Bechstein Sales Catalog Early 20th Century Sales Catalog for C. Bechstein Piano Company, Circa 1930

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