This custom commissioned Chickering piano is one of the most beautiful upright pianos we have ever had in our collection.
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“Splendid” is the best single word to describe this piano. Built by Chickering in 1880, this instrument is one of the most visually stunning upright pianos we have ever had in our collection; a perfect example of Victoriana at its finest.
Late 19th Century Victorian style was comprised of many different influences, all bound together is lavish detail to create elaborate and exotic works of art. So many of these styles can be seen in this instrument; Rococo, Greek, Roman, Oriental and even Secessionist influences are blended and balanced to create one truly splendid piece.
This piano is done in a satin black lacquer finish (a slight oriental Victorian influence) and is adorned with exquisitely detailed inlay and marquetry work throughout. Note the heavily carved Roman style legs, moldings and trusses set against the delicately carved Rococo style fret-work panels. Perhaps the most impressive feature of all is the pair of Greek mythical Phoenixes which adorn either side of the case, all carved in exceptional life-like detail! There is no doubt this piano would have been a custom, one-of-a-kind specially commissioned piece.
Not only is this piano an aesthetic masterpiece, but it is a fine quality musical instrument as well. This custom cabinet was built around a “Style 14 Upright Grand”, the largest and most expensive model of upright piano produced by Chickering. The piano is being restored to like-new condition so that it will satisfy the most discriminating musician.
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.
An authentic matching piano stool is included.
Note: These photos show the piano in 100% original, unrestored condition. The finish on this piano will be restored, not refinished, and most of the imperfections and blemishes will disappear with the restoration. Also note that the fabric behind the fretted grillwork can easily be changed to any color desired. We believe the original color was a gold silk as seen in the photos, but a client can choose any color or decide to remove the cloth entirely. Deep burgundy and red were also very popular fabric colors for these pianos 100+ years ago.