Bechstein Arts & Crafts Piano

£15,000.00 £10,000.00

Rare, unique Bechstein piano designed in the Arts & Crafts style in 1888, with a rosewood case, fretwork panels and ornate brass hinges in a stylised floral design. Unique design by Walter Cave, executed by C. Bechstein and exhibited by Maple & Co. Piano has an eighty-eight note keyboard and two pedals.



This piano has been completely and carefully refurbished over 4 years, both internally and externally with sympathetic attention to the original detail. It is now a magnificent rare piece of history that at the same time has an amazing tone and is very comparable to the better Bechstein Grand pianos in sound. Please note this exact same piano is being sold elsewhere for more than three times the cost of our piano.

Dimensions: height: 138cm, width: 166cm, depth: 72cm

C. Bechstein is inscribed on a square, brass plaque on the piano fall. The front panel features cupboard doors, which open so as to allow the music desk to fall into place. These doors occupy half the width of the front, so that they fold back out of the way of the player. The candle sconces are concealed behind the doors and brought into use when required. The music desk is in an openwork folkloric inspired design of stylised birds, foliage and flowers. The brass candle holders also feature cut-out stylised bird motifs. The front panel is flanked by two circular fretwork panels backed in fabric that act as a sound box. The openwork design again depicts stylised flowers and leaves. The cabinet is dominated by large, sculptural brass hinges that pick up on the stylised cut-out floral theme and feature folkloric hearts.

Walter Cave
Walter Frederick Cave (1863 – 1939) was an English architect, active in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, who worked firstly in the Arts and Crafts style, and latterly in the Classical Revival. In addition to architecture, Cave worked as a landscape gardener, interior designer, furniture maker and cricketer.

Arts and Crafts
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 sought to reassert the importance of design and craftsmanship in the arts in the face of increasing industrialization, which was 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.

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