Pre-Civil War Piano Exquisitely Decorated With Mother Of Pearl Inlay
Timothy Gilbert was one of America’s earliest piano manufacturers. Originally established in 1829 with his brother, Lemuel Gilbert, Timothy Gilbert built one of the largest and most successful piano manufactures in Boston’s history.
This beautiful piano is a rare example of one of T. Gilbert’s most elaborately decorated models. The instrument is made of Brazilian Rosewood and is of the carved Rococo Victorian style. The cabinet is adorned with beautiful mother-of-pearl inlay and hand painted scenery, details found only on the most expensive pianos. The interior harp is beautifully hand-painted in brilliant floral colors accented with gold gilt and delicate filigree. Perhaps the most unique feature of this beautiful instrument is the beautiful mother-of-pearl keyboard! Because of their high cost when new, these elaborately decorated pianos were built in small numbers and they are quite rare today.
This piano is being restored to like-new condition inside and out. Computerized player mechanisms can be installed if desired.