with a chequered, cherry case, openwork music desk and gate legs with black spindles
Restored, 1907 Ibach Model 2 grand piano with a cherry case in a checkerboard design and inlaid, contrasting squares on the piano lid. Piano music desk is in an openwork dual criss-cross design. Piano has gate legs with four contrasting black spindles. Piano one of two designed for and offered to Richard Strauss by Ibach. Ibach made two pianos almost identical in this design except, the other #56279 had low, square piano cheeks. Richard Strauss chose that one as he intended the piano for his home where he hosted concerts and wanted his audience to be able to see his hands. This piano remained in the possession of Ibach and was used in exhibitions for promotional purposes. This piano was designed by Emanuel von Seidl, a German architect, interior designer and engineer. It is perhaps difficult to comprehend how modern this piano design was for its day. The minimal lines and flat planes lacking carvings or embellishment were forward thinking and prescient of the modern style to come.
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Emanuel Seidl (1856 - 1919) was a German architect, interior designer and engineer. He was a proponent of historicism and also favoured Art Nouveau elements. He is considered one of the most important Munich architects of the Luitpold Prince Regent of Bavaria period. Between 1900 and 1918, Seidl was a successful villa architect and was known far beyond the borders of his hometown of Munich. He designed 180 works in and around Munich as well as in the Saxony mountain region, of which about a third are large country houses and villas and of which about 60 are still standing. Probably his most important private houses include that of Richard Strauss with its generously glazed bay window and view of the Alps, and the country estate Schloss Wolfsbrunn for the mining entrepreneur Georg Wolf.
Richard Strauss (on Piano) Performs Fragments from Salome, 1906 Recording | davidhertzberg
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