Style Louis XV / Ref.11462
Steinway & Sons – Th. Kammerer (Cuel & cie), A Concert Grand Piano (unique piece) which belonged to Cornelius Vanderbilt II
Width: 89'' ⅜ 227cm
Height: 42'' ⅞ 109cm
Depth: 61'' 155cm
Europe, 19th century
In perfect condition and tuned.
Giltwood and painted wood
H. 109 cm / 42'' 5/16 ; L. 155 cm / 61'' ; P. 227 cm / 89'' 3/8
Paris, circa 1894
Provenance : Cornelius Vanderbilt II
Flora Whitney Miller
This extraordinary concert grand piano with 88 keys was made by the prestigious firm Steinway & Sons around 1894. The case's decoration was entrusted to the company Cuel & Cie and more precisely to Th. Kammerer.
The order came from one of the richest families in the history of the United States of America : the Vanderbilts. The instrument was indeed produced in Europe before being sent to New York at the behest of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, the grandson of the famous captain of industry Cornelius Vanderbilt who left a colossal fortune to his children. The instrument was displayed in the Grand Salon the famous Vanderbilt Mansion, built in 1883 at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York City.
Made out of polychrome painted wood and giltwood, this concert grand piano has a rich decoration wich underlines and accentuates its forms. The ornamental vocabulary is very developed and abundant. The ornamentation covers the piano and hangs from its case. Its Louis XV style decoration perfectly fits in the Vanderbilt's baroque Grand Salon. This spectacular instrument astonishingly survived the 1927 demolition of the mansion and eventual sale of the opulent contents through generations of the family.
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