This original, rare and unusual German overstrung upright piano was built in 1900 and its casing was designed by Walter Cave. Walter Frederick Cave (1863-1939) was a world famous English architect and interior designer. He worked initially in the Arts and Crafts style, and latterly in the Classical Revival. This 121 year old piano was kept in perfect condition and tuned annually by several generations of the same family from Cowbridge in Wales.
It's very big in stature, imposing, and can only fit through large doors or double doors. The original ivory keys are perfectly in tact, as are the brass fittings and decorative casework. Internally it's all original with just a few part replacements done over the years. The tone is full and rounded, with a strong Tenor and Bass. At its great age, it's only suitable for occasional play and not for the advanced player. It lacks the versatility and dynamics of a new piano and owning it is like owning a classical car that you take out on the weekends. Please bear this in mind as it cannot take the hack of continuous hard play, it's parts must be treated with care. On researching Walter Cave designed pianos you will find that they are generally priced between 5 and 15,000 euro, so this one, which is even more beautiful and decorative than many others is low priced, great value, and a true family heirloom.
The Arts and Crafts Movement was an international design movement that flourished between 1860 and 1910. The movement developed first and most fully in the British Isles, but spread across the British Empire and to the rest of Europe and North America. It was largely a reaction against the perceived impoverished state of the decorative arts at the time and the conditions in which they were produced. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and has been said to be essentially anti-industrial.
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