with an ornately carved, oak case and ornate brass candlesticks and handles
An 1895, English Gothic style, Ibach upright piano with a carved, oak case and ornate brass candlesticks and handles. Cabinet features traditional folk art motif carvings. Pilasters carved with hearts and stylised trees. Piano cheeks feature a carved sun in a half hex and stylised bird in flight. Front, side and profile panels are inlaid with folk elements including trinity tulips in an urn symbolising faith, hope and charity and stylised foliage and swags. Piano legs are turned with carved spiraling detail . Piano pedals feature a raised, ornate brass footplate in a curlicue design. Repeating, carved barrel vaults frame the top of the cabinet. Keyboard has an Ibach embroidered piano key dust cloth in felt. Piano comes with a matching, duet piano stool with ornate brass studs. Piano has an eighty-five note keyboard and two pedals.
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The Gothic revival adapted thearchitectural elements of medieval architecture to furniture and decorative arts as evidenced in the use of the cinquefoil, asymmetrical five-lobed formalised leafform, the crocket, carved flowers and foliage placed on outer edges of a vertical element, and the quatre-foil, a four-lobed leaf form used in Gothic tracery, pointedarch, theroseand linen-fold. Gothic furniture had local particularities, one being the wood used in its construction. In England, Germany and the Low countries, it was mainly oak, in France, chestnut andin Italy and Spain walnut.
Folk Art draws from many cultures and is conditioned by both the material to which it is applied andby the aesthetic preferences of the ornamentor. Decoration may have symbolic significance or a magical or spiritual function. Surface embellishment is divided into numerous small, visually seperate units of decoration with a vocabulary of stylised plant forms such as sunflowers or tulips emanating from vessels, contrasting rows of rosettes alternating with lozenges. Central motifs of a tree of life with curved branches displaying blossom, tulips, leaf motifs, pinwheels, hearts, paired birds, lilies and stars also figure.
English Gothic | East Tennessee State University
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