Art Case Piano Chinoiserie Style Hand Painted Masterpiece by Weber

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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, chinoiserie paintings are of nature scenes, hunters, fisherman, birds and angels.

We asked Asian Art Historian Doctor Ann Barrott Wicks to analyze the paintings for us. "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 favourite 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 Kano 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 Kano school murals is the extensive use of gold paint".

Details

  • Creator
    Weber (Manufacturer)
  • In the Style Of
    Chinoiserie
  • Date of Manufacture
    1930
  • Period
    Early 20th Century
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    66 in. H x 63 in. W x 66 in. D
    168 cm H x 160 cm W x 168 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Port Jefferson, NY
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU267337170733
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