A 1902, Bechstein Model C grand piano with a mahogany case, inlaid with a variety of woods in an Art Nouveau design of flowers and tendrils.
Price is £145,000GBP at current exchange rates.
This piano had one previous owner Julius Gutermann, a wealthy victorian industrialist.
The instrument is in amazing, original condition. Case has been french polished. Eighty-eight note keyboard. Two-piece ivory keyboard.
The piano was delivered to Julius Gutermann to the town of Gutach / Breisgau. Bechstein's delivery journal (the only written paper that made it through the ww in Berlin), states: Serial Number 61262 was sent on 30th of November 1902. The Gutermann family is renowned for its manufacture of stitching silks. The piano was delivered to the Villa Orehta, named after his 6 children: Oskar, Richard, Erich, Hedwig, Thea and Annie. The Gutermann family is renowned for its manufacture of stitching silks. Gutermann & Co. was founded in Vienna in 1864 by Max Gutermann specailising in the production of silk threads from raw silk.
Professor Dr. Sonja GÃ¼nther, an Art Nouveau specialist wrote in a description of the piano Der Flugel ist etwas streng in der Kontur; die Ornamentik symmetrisch. Sie deutet in ihrer Herkunft auf Darmstadt hin." The piano is somewhat severe in outline, the ornamentation symmetrical. That points its origin back to Darmstadt, Germany"
This piano is currently in the UK and for sale via Besbrode Pianos Leeds.
Besbrode Pianos Leeds is a specialist piano dealer and wholesaler occupying four floors of a Victorian mill in Leeds, UK.
Our extensive showrooms occupy three premises including four floors of a Victorian mill on the edge of Leeds city centre. This makes us one of the UK's largest retailers.
We permanently display more than 250 new and pre-owned pianos from leading brands with
an entire floor dedicated to the Steinway family of pianos.
This impressive inventory offers pianists an
unrivalled opportunity to play and compare pianos side by side. We are experts in packing and shipping and have been selling pianos individually and by wholesale across the globe for the last thirty years.
Besbrode Pianos is an authorised agent for Steinway & Sons and offers the full range of Steinway, Boston and Essex pianos for retail.
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For last six years Besbrode Pianos has been official partner to the Leeds International Piano Competition, providing pianos for the competitor's rehearsals. This year, alongside the competition we held an artcased piano exhibition showcasing a range of unique, pianos of cultural and historical interest. Our showrooms were featured in the BBC footage of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012.
More photos of this Inlaid, Art Nouveau, Bechstein Model C Grand Piano are available on our website
View an archive of 'The Golden Age of Pianos Exhibition' that ran alongside the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012