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2920M Marlborough
July 15, 2016 10:00 AMCalender

Late Victorian Steinway Marquetry Model B Piano

Auction: European Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2920M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: July 15, 2016 10:00AM


Late Victorian Steinway Marquetry Model B Piano, c. 1890, serial number B69430, inscribed above keyboard "Cottier & Co. Designers New York/Steinway & Sons Makers," of exotic woods and inlaid with swags, ribboned garlands on case, rosette S-scrolls and vinework, 85-note keyboard, bearing inscription under lid surrounded by a fruited rosebud motif "CALL IN SWEET MUSIC/I HAVE HEARD SOFT AIRS/CAN CHARM OUR SENSE/AND EXPEL OUR CARES," underside of lid having a polychrome Tonalist-style painted figural verdant landscape scene framed by fruited and rosette garlands and a single ray-eye motif, on tapered collared straight legs with a curvate and serpentine stretcher, and a lyre-form support at foot pedals, approx. ht. 39, wd. 55, lg. 82 1/2 in.

Provenance: From the Estate of Paul Lauer.

N.B. Steinway has provided the following information to support this entry: "serial number 69430 corresponds in our records to a New York Grand Model B Fancy White Holly by Cottier & Company, 7 octaves (85 notes), length 6'10 1/2", completed by Steinway & Sons on October 21, 1890, and delivered to Cottier & Company of New York City on November 29, 1890." Steinway began its "Art Case" department in 1857, a department which grew in popularity particularly toward the latter half of the 19th century, when this piano was designed by Scottish born Daniel Cottier's design firm "Cottier & Co." and was probably sold directly to him through the art case division. The piano was likely made for a specific buyer who commissioned Cottier & Co. for the design. Cottier, a key figure in the Aesthetic Movement, was a stained glass artist, decorator, furniture maker, and designer, working on churches in New York, Boston, and Scotland. His interest in stained glass design motifs can be seen in the intricate marquetry and polychrome design motifs of this piano's case and the interior of the lid.
Estimate $10,000-20,000

Case and legs with some signs of age-expected wear including nicks, scuffs, surface abrasions. Gilding and paint with minor losses/surface wear overall and to craquelure. Stand for music has small crack in it which has been repaired. Soundboard appears to be in good condition.

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Cottier & Co. Designers New York/Steinway & Sons, Paul Lauer, New York City, Scotland