Rare Ornately Carved Oak Price & Teeple Upright Piano
This lovely piano is one of the most beautifully carved quarter sawn oak Victorian upright pianos we have in our collection.
During the Victorian era, the cost of a piano was equivalent to a small house. The piano was often the most expensive possession a family would own apart from the house itself. Most of these elaborately carved pianos were made of expensive, exotic imported woods like mahogany and rosewood; these deep dark colors were the in high fashion at the time. Quarter sawn oak was considered an inexpensive domestic wood, so most manufacturers used oak very rarely in their finer pieces. It was not until well into the 20th Century that Quarter Sawn Oak wood became popular in piano manufacturing, but by then most designs had been streamlined into simple, less ornate styles. As a result, highly carved pianos made of Quarter Sawn Oak are very rare and in high demand today.
Built by Price & Teeple in 1901, this magnificent piano boasts carved faces of Father Time on the front of each leg as well as Guardian Griffin faces carved in the top of each front pillar. The front panel is elaborately carved with ribbons, flowers and vines, all executed in exquisite detail. The Quarter Sawn Oak wood grain in the cabinet is some of the finest we have ever seen, giving the piano an overall elegant appearance.
This piano is being restored to like-new condition, inside and out. This instrument is a large, full-size instrument, and the tone quality is quite impressive. Not only is this a beautiful piece of furniture, but a quality musical instrument as well.
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.
A matching piano stool is included.