This Alma-Tadema re-creation took more than 20 months to complete and was one of the most elaborate and expensive projects ever undertaken by Steinway & Sons. The original Alma-Tadema art case sold at Christie's in 1997 for $1.2 million, the greatest amount paid for an art case piano to date. The original Commissioned in 1884, the highly acclaimed artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema designed an instrument so creative and finely crafted, it is considered the "grandes grad piano of all time." True to the original, this magnificent re-creation captures the glorious elegance of the Victorian Era and introduced the new Legendary Collection honoring the history of the Steinway art case piano. Adorned with 2, 200 inlay of mother-of-pearl, the piano features an exquisitely hand-carved case, top lid and legs. Above the keyboard is an elaborate rendering of Sir Edward J. Poynter's classic oil painting, The Wandering Minstrels.
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