Ebonised, Steinway Model B Grand Piano. Des
A Steinway Model B grand piano with with an ebonised case. Case features three tiered mouldings at base. Music desk has a geometric filigree design. Piano has three barrel legs each carved with figures playing musical instruments and floral relief detail. The Steinway piano was commissioned by Leo Lewin circa 1910 for his villa in Breslau, Germany.
Price is £60,000GBP at current exchange rates.
Leo Lewin came from a family of textile producers. The family became wealthy during the first world war selling large orders of military clothing. Lewin was a prolific art collector and in 1917 purchased a spacious villa in order to create an exhibition space for his collection of paintings. Initially a collector of German art works by artists such as Liebermann, Slevogt and Menzel what made his collection truly famous was his acquisition of canvasses from leading European painters such as Manet, Monet and Picasso. The collection was known as the Silesian art collection.
Leo Lewin commissioned Oskar Kaufmann to design the interior of his villa including the design of all the furniture. A mix of artists collaborated to make all the furnishings and objects including Cesar Klein, Ernst Stern, Jackel, Kainer, Scheurich, Meid, Unger and others. The piano was one of the pieces specifically designed for the Lewin villa and was situated in the music room.
Oskar Kaufmann was an Hungarian-Jewish architect born in 1873. He is noted for his design of the Krolloper, the Hebbel Theater and the Renaissance Theater, all located in Berlin, the Neue Stadttheater in Vienna, and the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv. Kaufmann gained a strong reputation as a theater architect however, the first world war had a large impact on his business. It was around this time Kaufmann began taking on private commissions for private villas. Many of these villas still stand today. Leo Lewin's villa in Brelau is one of these.
Reference Number: 1853
Make: Steinway Model B
Serial Number: 171278
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