Inlaid symbols of Germanic folklore in geometric designs
An Arts and Crafts, Lipp grand piano for sale with a mahogany case inlaid with symbols and designs from Germanic folklore. Case features ornate brass hinges and slatted cross stretcher. Piano is restored. The mahogany cabinet is polished in matt to emphasize the quality of the wood used. Cabinet features a simple geometric cross stretcher supporting the simple gate legs. The Arts and Crafts period championed the simplicity of form and the construction of the object. Here, the brass hinges are accentuated with two-tone brass and stamped geometric designs. Richard Lipp and Sohn was established in 1831 in Stuttgart, Germany.
The Arts and Crafts Movement was an international design movement that flourished between 1880 and 1910. The movement stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and has been said to be essentially anti-industrial. It sought to reassert the importance of design and craftsmanship in all the arts in the face of increasing industrialization, which they felt was sacrificing quality in the pursuit of quantity. Arts and Crafts objects were simple in form, without superfluous or excessive decoration, and how they were constructed was often still visible. They tended to emphasize the qualities of the materials used. The movement was successful in raising the status of the craftsman and promoting respect for native materials and traditions.
In Germany after 1871, the Arts and Crafts movement developed nationalist associations under the encouragement of the Bund für Heimatschutz (1897) and the Vereinigte Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk founded in 1898 by Karl Schmidt. The Deutscher Werkbund, formed in 1899, was an arts and crafts association influenced by William Morris. Its leading members, van de Velde and Hermann Muthesius, had opposing opinions about the place of machinery in production.
Deutsche Werkbund - formed in 1899, was an arts and crafts association influenced by William Morris
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