Today we’d like to talk about a style and era of pianos that is very close to our hearts–Mission/Arts & Crafts. Did you know that Antique Piano Shop has the world’s largest collection of Mission/Arts & Crafts pianos available? Our founder, Michael Stinnett, has personally collected Mission/Arts & Crafts pianos for 25 years. He is passionate about anything Mission/Arts & Crafts including Craftsman homes, furniture, and accessories.
So what is the Mission/Arts & Crafts movement? In America, the Mission/Arts & Crafts movement was most popular around 1900-1915. The movement had all but disappeared by 1920. It was a design philosophy that prompted different results from different designers. The foundation of the movement was design simplicity paired with high quality craftsmanship. In 1882, William Morris summed up the core ideal as, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
Even though the Mission/Arts & Crafts movement was a short design era, it influenced thousands of homes and furnishings that we now see a revival in today. New Craftsman style homes are being built, and you can often find craftsman style furniture being manufactured in retail stores across the country.
Since piano manufacturers of the time were slow to incorporate Mission/Arts & Crafts style pianos into their production line, many of them missed this design era. The result? Mission/Arts and Crafts pianos are exceedingly rare today.
We have restored pianos from Gerhard Heintzman, Broadwood & Sons, the George P. Bent Piano and Organ Company, and Vose & Sons. We offer interior designers a wide variety of Mission/Arts & Crafts pianos that can be specifically tailored to their clients needs. We are constantly updating our inventory in this style.
Ready to take a look at our amazing collection of Mission/Arts & Crafts pianos? Click the link below to browse to your heart’s content. If you have any questions, as always, we are here to provide you with as much information as we can. Happy browsing!