Cabinet features exquisite hand-painted scenes in fete galante style
A 1904, Rococo Style, Steinway Model B grand piano for sale with an ornately carved, case with gilt accents and scroll foot cabriole legs. Music desk is in a cut-out latticework design with a central lyre motif decorated with draping swags. The three-pedal piano lyre with brass footplate is in a scrolling S-curve acanthus design with a central shell decorated with gilt detail. The scroll foot, cabriole legs feature carvings of shells and acanthus in high relief also with gilt accents. Entire cabinet features exquisite hand-painted scenes in fete galante style. Figures spend time in leisure in an outdoor setting. Some ladies sit discussing the contents of a book and gathering flowers in a basket, a child plays with a small dog, elsewhere a couple recline in an amorous embrace. The piano lid depicts a crowd in fine attire out to see and be seen, enjoying music whilst drinking and talking. The underside of the piano lid depicts a still life of flowers, draped fabric and musical instruments. Piano has an eighty-eight note keyboard and a three-pedal lyre.
Click to enlarge
Fête galante s a category of painting specially created by the French Academy in 1717 to describe Antoine Watteau's variations on the theme of the fête champêtre, which featured figures in ball dress or masquerade costumes disporting themselves amorously in parkland settings. Watteau specifically created the fête galante painting style as a compromise between two drives. On the one hand, most of his funding came from private individuals, rather than from the government. On the other hand, Watteau wanted recognition from the government-appointed Academy of Painting and Sculpture.
The Academy ranked scenes of everyday life and portraits, the paintings most desired by private patrons, as lower than morally educational paintings illustrating history and mythology. By portraying his patrons in scenes reminiscent of the mythologized land of Arcadia, where humans had supposedly lived in leisurely harmony with nature, Watteau was able to get his paintings the highest ranking at the Académie and still flatter his buyers.
Why Steinway Grand Pianos Are So Expensive | So Expensive
Jeremy Russell plays Debussy - Sarabande Pour Le Piano | Besbrode Pianos
Steinway Model B Grand Piano Fete Galante Paintings Walkaround 4K | Besbrode Pianos
Click on the image below to navigate around our showroom. Click on the numbers bottom right to jump to different floors in our premises.
All Piano Enquiries Call
+44 (0) 113 2448344
39 Holbeck Lane
- 10 - 4 Monday
- 10 - 4 Tuesday
- 10 - 4 Wednesday
- 10 - 4 Thursday
- 10 - 4 Friday
- 10 - 4 Saturday
- Sunday by appointment
Company Registered Number: 4322557
VAT Number: 789516764
We accept the following cards as payment. Deposits can be taken over the phone if calling internationally