Cabinet features carved, Rococo styling and scroll foot legs
Rebuilt, 1874, Steinway & Sons centennial concert grand piano for sale with a rosewood case, filigree music desk and ornately carved, reverse scroll legs. Cabinet features Rococo styling. The piano cheek features a carved, Classical meander and acanthus in high relief. The two-pedal piano lyre features carved inverted fish, c-scrolls and a central cartouche. The music desk in an openwork arabesque design and a central lyre motif. A sinuous wave pattern double moulding surrounds the cabinet base.
Piano has an eighty-eight note keyboard and a two-pedal lyre.
At the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, there were several manufacturer's competitions, including a piano competition. The Steinway company sent two grand pianos displaying their latest developments, demonstrating the firm's innovative and markedly improved piano quality. Their determined pursuit of quality was rewarded at the world exhibition with a gold medal. Steinway won the competition against several established, well-known American piano makers, including Chickering and Sons and Weber. This Steinway concert grand piano is the direct predecessor of today's Model 'D', and has become known as the "Centennial grand". It remained in production until 1878.
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Rococo is an exceptionally ornamental and theatrical style of architecture, art and decoration which combines asymmetry, scrolling curves, gilding, white and pastel colors, sculpted molding, and trompe l'oeil frescoes to create surprise and the illusion of motion and drama. It is often described as the final expression of the Baroque movement. The word rococo was first used as a humorous variation of the word rocaille. Rocaille was originally a method of decoration, using pebbles, seashells and cement, which was often used to decorate grottoes and fountains since the Renaissance
Piano has been rebuilt in Germany by Steinway Academy trained technicians using 100% Steinway parts. Cabinet has been repolished to the highest standard at the Inam factory. Action, Strings, Bridges, Tuning Pins, Dampers are all brand new. Tuned, regulated and voiced.
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