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Art Case Pianos from Steinway & Sons
Throughout its history, Steinway & Sons has commissioned leading designers from around the world to create one-of-a-kind Art Case Pianos. The Steinway website features many more of these outstanding beauties...Follow the link at the end to find your favorite!
The 125th Anniversary
In 2005, on the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of the 1880 foundation of a Steinway & Sons factory in Hamburg, Count Albrecht von Goertz, the creator of arguably the world’s most beautiful sports car, the BMW 507, designed this anniversary grand piano. The piano is notable for its sleek lines, simplicity, and the dynamic interplay between contrasting satin and the highly polished surfaces of its finish.
This remarkable instrument is an identical re-creation of the piano Cole Porter played in his Waldorf Astoria residence, and on which he wrote many of his best loved songs. Replicated by Steinway master craftsmen in figured mahogany, this art case piano features double Empire-style legs, intricate hand-carvings and decorative, scrolling floral paintings that charmingly embody the passion and creative spirit of this great American composer. Mr. Porter's original Steinway piano was created in 1907, and today distinguishes the lobby of the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Frank Pollaro, one of the leading veneer craftsman in the United States today, designed and crafted “Rhapsody” as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Steinway Artist George Gershwin. This Art Case Piano celebrates the creation of George Gershwin's first classical symphonic work, "Rhapsody in Blue," and its 1924 premiere performance in New York City.
The piano features maple veneer dyed in brilliant midnight blue, over 400 mother-of-pearl stars that have been hand cut and inlaid into the piano. The plate is gilded in silver, evoking the sophistication and style of the 1920s, and reflects the glamorous and elegant American art deco furniture style of that time. The silver plate gives the impression that the piano is emanating light when the lid is opened. "Rhapsody's" music desk is a hand-carved silhouette of New York's skyline.
French Art Deco
This immaculate Art Case Piano by Frank Pollaro, in the French Art Deco style, can be seen in the Petrossian Lounge at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. It was inspired by the widely renowned French interior and furniture designer Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, who epitomized the glamour of the 1920’s French Art Deco style, which was characterized by its linear symmetry.
French Art Deco is veneered with quarter sawn Macassar Ebony that exhibits thin, vertical ribbon striping, punctuated with subtle, elegant ivory darts around the bottom of the case. The darts are mirrored around the tops of the tapered column legs, which are cuffed with genuine silver plated casters. Amboyna Burlwood adorns the music desk and fall board, and silver hardware and a silver plate complete this timeless tribute to such an elegant era.