Rare Craftsman/Mission Style Steger & Sons Oak Upright Piano
The firm of Steger & Son was one of the Chicago areas most celebrated piano manufacturers in the early 20th Century. This beautiful piano was built by Steger & Son in 1911, right at the height of the Arts & Crafts movement in America. The Arts & Crafts movement moved fast and furious throughout the United States from about 1895 - 1915. By the time that piano manufacturers realized the importance of the Arts & Crafts movement, it was almost too late. Only a few manufacturers offered Mission/Arts & Crafts style pianos in their product line, most ranging from the 1910 - 1915 period. They are very rare today as a result.
Today we are seeing a huge Renaissance in the Arts & Crafts Movement. Unfortunately, Mission/Craftsman style pianos are so hard to find that most Craftsman homes have to settle for a shiny black Asian import piano among their lovely Mission furniture.
This piano is made of beautiful quarter sawn oak wood, and is done in an unusual Mission/Craftsman style. This piano features the rare “Stickley Shoe Foot” design on the front toes of the instrument. Note the diamond and sunburst pattern in the front and bottom panels. The unusual pointed obelisque columns rising above the lid of the piano give a dramatic Craftsman style effect to the overall appearance of the instrument.
This piano is being restored to like new condition, inside and out. A buyer can choose the color/sheen of the finish, making the oak as dark and rich or as light and golden as desired. A matching bench is included. Computerized player mechanisms can be installed if desired.
Note: As founder of The Antique Piano Shop, I have personally collected Mission / Arts & Crafts style pianos for over 25 years. I have a great passion for anything Mission / Arts & Crafts, including Craftsman homes, furniture, and accessories. If you are a true Arts & Crafts enthusiast, you will appreciate how impossible it is to find true Arts & Crafts / Mission style pianos in today’s market. Nearly three decades of collecting and preserving these “impossible to find” instruments has allowed me the opportunity to present the largest collection of true Mission / Arts & Crafts style instruments anywhere in the world.
We are proud to offer the serious enthusiast the option of adding an authentic period instrument for their Craftsman home.
- Michael Stinnett, Founder, The Antique Piano Shop, Inc.