These highly carved Louis XV Baroque Style parlor grand pianos were among the most elaborate and expensive pianos money could buy. They are all but extinct today.
The Louis XV style is one of the most beautiful classic furniture styles ever produced. The style evolved during the reign of King Louis XV of France during the early 18th Century. Once considered a sign of wealth and extravagance, the Louis XV style has evolved into one of the most elegant and beautiful styles ever produced. The Louis XV style is simply timeless, and it is as popular today as popular today as it was centuries ago.
Still today, the Louis XV style is generally found on only the finest and most expensive furniture. The Louis XV style requires taking a hard piece of wood and turning it into a beautiful and delicate object, often requiring extensive turning, bending and carving. Because of the immense amount of skill, time and labor involved in wood turning, bending and carving, it stands to reason that only the finest pianos would be made in the Louis XV style.
This lovely piano was built as an extreme adaptation of The Louis XV Style which was influenced by the Baroque period in Europe centuries earlier. The instrument was built by famous Rudolph Wurlitzer Company in 1916, a time when Wurlitzer was building very high quality, expensive pianos. Today the conventional piano industry seems to define Wurlitzer as a lower or middle grade quality instrument - and this is often true with their post depression and mid-century modern instruments. Prior to the Great Depression, Wurlitzer was building instruments of superior quality and craftsmanship. These early pianos are the instruments that made Wurlitzer world famous and made Wurlitzer a household name throughout the 20th Century. Note the amazing detail in the carved legs, side panels, and music desk. Each individual fleur-de-lis is carved right down to the finest detail!
Pianos like this were only afforded to a wealthy few because of the high cost associated with building such an elaborate piano. This level of extensive carving was used in only the higher grade, better quality instruments. The size and quality of this instrument indicates that it will be a superior musical instrument, not just a beautiful piece of furniture. The piano can be refinished to any shade of red or brown mahogany wood, or it can be restored in a white, antique ivory or black finish.
If desired, this piano can be equipped with the Pianomation player system, and can play by itself by streaming music live on an iPod, computer, iPad, etc.
The original matching carved bench is included.