This piano was commissioned by Julius Gutermann, a wealthy victorian industrialist
A 1902, Bechstein Model C grand piano with a mahogany case, inlaid with a variety of woods in an Art Nouveau design of flowers and sinuous tendrils. This piano had one previous owner Julius Gutermann, a wealthy victorian industrialist.
Professor Dr. Sonja Günther, an Art Nouveau specialist wrote in a description of the piano “Der Flügel ist etwas streng in der Kontur; die Ornamentik symmetrisch. Sie deutet in ihrer Herkunft auf Darmstadt hin.” “The piano is somewhat severe in outline, the ornamentation symmetrical. That points its origin back to Darmstadt, Germany”
The piano was delivered to Julius Gütermann to the town of Gutach / Breisgau. Bechstein’s sending journal (the only written paper that made it through the ww in Berlin), states: Serial Number 61262 was sent on 30th of November 1902. The Gütermann family is renowned for its manufacture of stitching silks. The piano was delivered to the Villa Orehta, named after his 6 children: Oskar, Richard, Erich, Hedwig, Thea and Annie. The Gütermann family is renowned for its manufacture of stitching silks. Gütermann & Co. was founded in Vienna in 1864 by Max Gütermann specailising in the production of silk threads from raw silk. At the age of 36 in 1864, Max Gütermann founded the company Gütermann & Co. in Vienna, at that time the largest transshipment point for silk. At first he purchased already-spun and twisted yarn spun from silk waste and had it dyed, wound onto cards and bobbins before selling it on. Three years after the foundation of the company in 1867, Max Gütermann purchased a site in Gutach in what was then the Grand Duchy of Baden and moved the company headquarters into the Elztal. This was a path-breaking decision because the company headquarters is still located here today. At the fifth world exhibition in Vienna in 1873, Max Gütermann presents a revolutionary innovation: the sale of sewing silks in units of length - instead of, as previously, according to weight.
Made in Germany | A Family Company - Gütermann
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