This spectacular Farrand-Cecilian Craftsman style player piano features genuine original Gustav Stickley copper hardware and lamps!
This incredible player piano is one of the finest true examples of the Stickley Arts & Crafts style we have ever seen. The instrument was built by The Farrand-Cecilian Piano Company in 1914, quite late for a genuine Stickley piece. The piano is made of beautiful quarter sawn oak with hammered copper hinges, pedals and hardware. Two authentic Gustav Stickley hammered-glass lamps adorn either side of the keyboard, each lamp bearing the coveted Gustav Stickley brand mark. While there is no known connection between Farrand-Cecilian and Gustav Stickley, it is speculated that Farrand-Cecilian contracted Stickley to make the lamps and hardware for their special line of Craftsman style pianos.
This piano is in exceptional original condition and even prior to restoration has a large, full tone quality. The instrument will be restored to perfection mechanically, musically and aesthetically, both inside and out.
Unfortunately, a previous owner treated the piano case with a white-wash over the original fumed oak finish; the cabinet will be restored back to its original color with historical accuracy.
Because the Arts & Crafts movement was such an extreme change from traditional period styles, piano manufactures were very slow to adapt. Very few manufacturers went to the time and expense of adding Craftsman style pianos to their line. By the time these few makers added Craftsman design pianos to their product line, the Arts & Crafts movement seemed to fade away almost as quickly as it came. As a result, Craftsman style pianos are exceedingly rare today.
The original matching piano bench is included.
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.