This is larger than any piece of this maker we can find anywhere. Wondering if it may have been custom made for a larger stage or venue.
Mathushek Piano Mfg. Co., New Haven, CT: In 1866 a group of German businessmen partnered with music retailer Morris Steinhart to establish a piano factory in New Haven, CT. Frederick Mathushek was invited to head the concern, and the firm was established as “The Mathushek Piano-Forte Company” (later The Mathushek Piano Manufacturing Company). The firm soon encountered financial difficulty and Mathushek’s financial backers withdrew from the firm. Unwilling to give up on his dream of building the worlds finest pianos, Mathushek found the will to endure. During this period the square grand piano dominated the American piano market; upright and grand pianos were just beginning to become popular. In addition to a limited line of upright pianos and grand pianos, Mathushek produced 3 models of square grand pianos that were very different from their contemporary competitors. These square pianos were known as the Colibri, Medium and the Orchestral models. While Mathushek initially experienced push-back from the industry for his radical designs, his pianos slowly began to gain favor among consumers for their superior tone quality. The scale design of these square pianos was radically different from the norm, and they were praised and endorsed by high profile pianists, musicians, and singers of the era. Despite being a brilliant engineer and designer, Frederick Mathushek was not a savvy businessman and his firm continued to suffer financial difficulty. In 1875, Frederick Mathushek sold his interest in the New Haven firm and moved back to New York to start again. “The Mathushek Piano Manufacturing Company” continued to operate in New Haven until being absorbed by Jacob Brothers in the early 20th Century.
It is a Mathushek Rosewood Orchestral 7 Octave Square Grand Piano, with heavily carved legs. It measures 111" x 46.5" front to back and 30" tall. It has been tuned at least once in the past 30 years. There are some small repairs needed on the lyre (music holder), and one hammer is dead. Minor chips at the end of a few keys. See photos for most thorough explanation of condition. The finish is amazingly beautiful.
It is gorgeous, and needs a home where someone can display the history and grandeur of this beautiful piece. Contact us for a showing. We are happy to consider educated offers.
We'd be happy to video conference, and / or share video to someone interested. You arrange the move from Fort Wayne, Indiana.