in Arts and Crafts style, with brass strap hinges hinges
Arts and Crafts, 1904, Broadwood 'Manxman' piano with an oak case. Cabinet resembles a chest on a stand and is reminiscent of an old strong box from the Elizabethan period. Cabinet entirely encloses the instrument. Cabinet has studded brass strap hinges with Fleur-de-lis embellishment, two circular brass handles and brass and a Fleur-de-lis key escutcheon. Piano has two wrought steel sconces in a stylised flower stem design. Music desk is incorporated into the piano cabinet with a hinged scalloped top. Cabinet features three open panels backed in fabric that acts as a sound box. Piano has two punched brass pedals. Piano has an eighty-five note keyboard. Designed by M. H. Baillie Scott. It is estimated only 40 examples of this piano were ever made. The 'Manxman' piano was a series of pianos that could be customised according to clients' specifications.
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M. H. Baillie Scott was an influential architect and designer of the late Arts and Crafts period, admired throughout Europe and America. His style was simple and bold, incorporating contrasting colour and texture, achieved with use of materials, inlays and marquetry. The Manxman name refers to an inhabitant of the Isle of Man.
Arts and Crafts decorative style was based on the following principles; handmade, simple forms with little ornamentation, beauty of natural materials, copper and pewter, stylised flowers, allegories from the Bible and literature, upside down hearts, Celtic motifs.
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