Ornate Pianos
(1895 – 1906)

A Corinthian capital is just part of this elaborate piano named Bush and Lane. A fancy piano leg, typical of the period. Steinway vintage piano cases had the utmost grace and simplicity.

 

A true Artistic Case is a rare beast to find. Each was made to order, a one of a kind creation. Famous furniture makers (such as Greene & Greene and Stickley) would be brought a single piano from an elite company such as Baldwin or Emerson. They would then reconstruct the case to their own design whims. Other furniture creators would sometimes carve every surface of the body. The Art Cases that have survived are mainly found as specimens in museums.

An elaborate piano of highly decorated mahogany.Since The Immortal Piano Company’s birth in 1985, only one piano that truly qualifies as an Artistic Case has passed through our doors. And I didn’t have a camera for that one! Vintage upright pianos found on this page do not technically fall into the Artistic Case category, but because they have so many lavish design elements, they can be seen as cousins of this elite group.

On these adorned pianos, there are always turned columns, exquisite decorations and embellished architectural panels of great intricacy. A combination of classical themes and various historical motifs were utilized in the delicate moldings, carved pilasters and solid trusses. You might see carved flowers, wreaths, torches, flying or swimming mythological beasts, or fancy ladies.

This is a magnificent hand-carved Ivers and Pond piano. A Story and Clark piano has massive columns that extend the full length of the ornate piano.
A Bush and Gerts carved front board from a turn of the century piano. This fancy piano has a most unusual carved cheek.