Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to offer a Steinway & Sons Louis XV style giltwood grand piano in their upcoming Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction on April 28-29.
The 1904 Model B piano was designed in commemoration of the renowned piano company’s 50th anniversary. Joseph Burr Tiffany, a relative of Tiffany & Company’s founder and lead artist for Steinway’s Art Case Department, commissioned top talent from his team to design several giltwood grand pianos. This particular example, serial number 108815, was designed by Tiffany himself, carved by Juan Ayuso from solid mahogany and clad in 24 Karat gold. The piano has had several prominent owners including William Stafford, a New York banker who kept the piano in his Plaza Hotel residence; Benjamin Sawtelle Hanchett and his family, who kept the piano for nearly 65 years; George Michalski; and most recently Mark Fritz. The piano was a part of Mr. Fritz’s collection from 2004 until his death in 2012.
Following the recommendation of Steinway Chairman, John H. Steinway, the piano was restored in 1985 by distinguished piano conservationist, Lloyd Meyer of Camilleri Pianoworks. Celebrated concert artists and leading institutions like The Juilliard School of Music and The Peabody Conservatory have also relied on Camilleri to restore their cherished instruments.
In addition to the giltwood grand piano, we are pleased to offer a Steinway & Sons marquetry decorated baby grand piano. Both Steinway pianos are from the Estate of Mr. Mark Fritz of West Bloomfield, Michigan. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers recently sold other items from Mr. Fritz’s collection, including over 500 opera glasses, monoculars, and other ophthalmic antiques, in their February 12-14 Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction.
The pianos will be available for preview during our Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts exhibition April 23-27.