Once declared the “Official New York State Piano”, this instrument features a carved version of the famous Greek painting by Alma-Tadema entitled “Sappho and Alcaeus”,
This is one of the most impressive and uniquely designed upright pianos ever produced in America. Built by the illustrious firm of Strich & Zeidler, this piano was sold as the “Roman Model G” upright. The “Roman Model G” was the highest grade, most expensive piano in the Strich & Zeidler line, and it was one of the most expensive upright pianos money could buy. The “Roman Model G” upright was so impressive that it was designated as the “Official New York State Piano”!
Not only is it a superb quality instrument, but the cabinet detail is quite beautiful as well. Although the instrument was originally sold as the “ROMAN MODEL G”, the carved frieze in the front panel is taken from a famous GREEK painting by Alma-Tadema entitled “Sappho and Alcaeus”, depicting Sappho and her friends listening to a performance by Alcaeos. (Please see this link for more information about the painting depicted in the carved frieze: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/10245 )
Because the “Roman Model G” was so expensive, only a wealthy few could afford such a luxury. As a result, this model is exceedingly rare today. No expense was spared with this design; note the unusually large carved pillars, trusses and legs. Also note the ornate sterling silver key cover handle and keyhole escutcheon. This instrument is overall a large and handsome instrument which makes quite a statement in person. The piano was originally finished in a deep reddish shade of mahogany, but it can back either to a red or a brown hue if desired.
This piano is a very large, full size “upright grand” piano, and would please 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 original matching piano stool is included.