Chinoiserie Art Case Weber Piano w/Hand Painted Nature Scenes Rebuilt & Restored May 2016
Beautiful Hand Painted "Chinoiserie" Style Art Case Weber Grand Piano circa 1930. Piano and art work created around the same time.
We just had our artists and technicians restore the art work and the piano. New keytops, new pins, new strings, newer hammers and shanks, Chinoiseie paintings are of nature scenes, hunters, fisherman, birds and angels. We asked Asian Art Historian Doctor Ann Barrott Wicks to analyize the paintings for us. Below is part of what she said. Hee is the full analysis href="http://sonnyspianotv.com/pdf/Weber%20Piano.pdf">here "The matronly seated woman seems to preside over all activities in the garden, like a Confucian matriarch looking out on the secondary wives and children of the family, all of whom are beholden to her. The standing woman is younger and actively enjoying a corner of the garden. We can imagine her as one of the secondary wives. Standing under a gracefully asymmetric tree she examines a patch of flowers. The gold, stylized foliage of the tree is unidentifiable, but the flowers opposite the woman are chrysanthemum, the flower of autumn and a symbol of longevity. The chrysanthemum, because of its association with the poet Tao Yuanming (372-427), was a favorite in the gardens of the educated elite. Two curiously angled triangles, tilted forward in space, separate the woman from the flowers. This suggestion of a fence can be found in various scenes on the piano. Its style references the zigzag fence of the “blue willow” pattern on ceramics, a chinoiserie design first made in England in the 18th century. (Fig. 3)
The parasol, while not seen in traditional Chinese painting, is a European method for depicting Asian art. While the painted décor on the piano is without a doubt chinoiserie, some very interesting
references to the 16th – 17th century Japanese Kanō school of painting can also be seen. For example, figures are painted against a flat ground of opaque color, punctuated at points
with indigo blue openings that suggest a bank and water. In the blue beneath the fisherman in
Figure 6, one sees very Japanese-like stylized gold wave marks. The mysterious blue openings
are a staple of Momoyama period (1573-1617) decorative screens and murals. Another reference to the 16th – 17th century Kanō school murals is the extensive use of gold paint" This Used to be a player piano, it's a great candidate for a modern PianoDisc IQ Player System installation. Warranty. Questions? Call Sonny or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org