Entire cabinet features ornate carvings in high relief and barley sugar legs
Renaissance style, 1871, Biese Hof upright piano in polished, oak with barley sugar legs. Entire cabinet features ornately carved, openwork panels in high relief featuring naturalistic depictions of intertwining vines, grapes and foliage with a central lyre motif. Symmetrical, openwork arcading adorns the piano cabinet with fluttering birds, scrolling bintertwined vines and bows. Corninthian capital, barley sugar pilasters frame each front panel next to ornate brass candlesticks. Repeating, intertwined stem strapwork borders the piano keyboard. Piano fall is etched with a stylised, foliar arabesque design. Brass candlesticks also feature scrolling foliage. Piano manufacturer's name W.Biese Hof Pianofortefabrikant Berlin carvedonto panel on underside of piano fall.
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Stylistically, the Renaissance is followed the Gothic style and both style periods are reflected within this piece. Renaissance furniture was influenced by the Classical World. The pieces had a strong architectural sense. Decoration consisted mostly of carved details created on the surface of the wood. The designs often had some architectonic elements from the Classical World like columns, pediments, and cornices. Other than architectonic elements, the ornaments were also inspired in mythological, historical, and religious themes. Some of the common motifs were strapwork, foliage, cupids, garlands, caryatids, cornucopia and arabesques, an Islamic form of decoration consisting of interlaced stylized leaves and flowers.
Renaissance Architecture | Encyclopaedia Britannica
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