Max Kuehne (American, 1880-1968)
Baby Grand Piano with Decorative Case
Signed "Max Kuehne" l.r. side.
Gilded and polychrome decorated carved wood including fine metal leaf, height when closed 39 in. (99.0 cm).
Condition: Nicks to the upper rim of the case, minor abrasions to the decorative surface.
N.B. Foremost a skilled painter, Max Kuehne was also a superbly skilled craftsman who produced exquisite decorative arts later in his career. This rare example of Kuehne's unique gilt style transforms the piano's sturdy structure into an almost weightless form, highlighting its organic shape with floral motifs that drift across the curved case. Concertos and sonatas emanate from the keys in grace equal to the draping berries, leaves, and petals emerging from the piano's base.
No decoration on the lid or underside of the lid.
Dimensions of the case are 54 7/8 x 50 1/2 inches.
Action by The Aeolian Company and George Steck & Company, New York, London, and Berlin. The piano is in rough working condition.
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