International studio — 24.1904/​1905(1905)

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Notes on the Crafts

No. 2 is a Louis XVI. Grand, made of old
matted mahogany, and decorated with low toned
ormolu mounts. The marqueterie panels are
exquisite examples of the Louis XVI. school, and
are enhanced by the soft quality of the chased and
gilded ornamentation. This piano is now on exhi-
bition at Steinway Hall. The case was designed
by Mr. J. Burr Tiffany.

that day were comparatively short, comprising only
five and a half octaves, whereas the present piano
has seven and a third octaves. Therefore, in
adapting the case of the old instrument to the new,
allowance had to be made for expanding the propor-
tions in all directions. It can be imagined what a
difficult task this was. As will be seen from the
illustrations, the harpsichord was decorated with an


LOUIS XV CASE, STEINWAY PIANO, BY J. BURR TIFFANY, AFTER AN EXHIBIT AT THE LOUVRE

Perhaps the most interesting of our illustrations
of the Steinway piano art cases is No. 3, which
shows the side and opened lid of a Concert Grand
Piano.
While the instrument itself is modern, how-
ever, it is enclosed in the shell of an old harpsi-
chord, which was purchased in England. As is
well known, the key boards of the old spinets of

elaborate painting on veneer. This had to be
stripped off the body of the old case and affixed to
the new body, and strips of new veneer extended to
the edges of the new case had to be added and
decorated in continuation of the old design. It will
be observed that the illustration shows three panels
along the side; only two of these are of old work,
the third one being made to match, and inserted in

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