Beautifully hand-painted with a fairies, satyrs, nudes, monkeys, mythical creatures,
birds, flowers and crested composers names
An 1893, Pleyel grand piano beautifully hand-painted with a fairies, satyrs, nudes, monkeys, mythical creatures, birds, flowers and crested composers names. Signed by G. Meunier. Interesting carved fish on piano cheeks. Carved lions head on lid lock. Carved bevelled edge on lid. Piano case sits on ornately carved french walnut frame, carved with foliage and flowers. Piano has six cabriole legs with scroll feet.
Georges Meunier (1869 - 1942) was an eminent french poster artist. He worked under
Ignace Pleyel (1757-1831), born in Austria, set up as a piano manufacturer in 1807, aged 50. His early career was as a pianist and composer. He was Haydn’s pupil at Eisenstadt, Austria. In 1795, he moved to Paris and set up a music publishing firm “Maison Pleyel” that published thousands of works. In 1805, Ignace Pleyel joined forces with Charles Lemme, a well-known piano builder. Pleyel lacked the skills in piano building but had the money to invest. Their partnership lasted only a few years. After the split, Pleyel took on foreign workers, and set up his own business building square pianos and harps. It was a time of economic decline and his business suffered. By 1822, when Ignace formed a partnership with his son Camille and Pleyel had only sold approximately 600 pianos. In the late 1820’s Pleyel became associated with the famous teacher Kalkbrenner which brought in fresh money and clients. The company received its first gold medal at the 1827 expo (followed by 1827, 1834, 1839 and 1844). In 1832, Chopin gave his first concert at the Salons Pleyel, rue Cadet. This proved to be the best marketing for the company and its success went from strength to strength.
View exampes of french poster art in "Les Maîtres de l'Affiche" (in french). A movie uploaded to YouTube by The Goldmark Gallery
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