The Chickering QUEEN VICTORIA 1870, SERIAL Number 35900
This piano is a rare example, most probably 2 out of 3, of a full-size concert grand from the height of the Victorian era. Full-size concert grand pianos are generally considered “utilitarian”, being intended for institutional and stage use, and they are generally very plain and simple in appearance.
This Chickering QUEEN VICTORIA 1870, SERIAL Number 35900 piano is especially unusual because it is made of heavily carved Brazilian Rosewood. It is of the Rococo Victorian style, indicating it was built for a lavish private residence where it could blend in with the most exquisite surroundings.
Note the extensive use of heavy carved legs and moldings that contrast beautifully to the delicately carved filigree music stand. A full size concert grand piano would have been the most costly instruments money could buy, and one built in such an elaborate case would have been even more expensive, making them something only a wealthy few could ever afford.
Although this piano is a classic 19th Century Victorian piece, it is remarkably modern in design. The piano has a full 88 note keyboard (rarely found on pianos from this period). The original ivory keys are in pristine condition and have been restored to perfection. The entire piano has been restored to like new condition, inside and out.
This Chickering is the same model that was awarded the gold medal (best piano in the world) at the Paris Exposition of 1867. Following the great Paris Exposition, Emperor Napoleon III bestowed Frank Chickering with the Imperial Cross of the Legion of Honour, then one of the world’s most prestigious non-military awards, for services to the art of music.
Restoration has taken place at the prestigious Blüthner Pianoforte Fabrik in Leipzig, Germany under strict Blüthner restoration-protocol. A Blüthner guarantee restoration certificate will be available upon request.
A QRS Automatic Player System can be installed if desired.