Bechstein Grand Piano with a Rosewood Case and Brass Ormulu
An 1897 , Bechstein grand piano with a rosewood case in Louis XV, rococo style. Ornate, brass Ormulu Mounts cover the entire case. The pierced, legs mimic the shape of the piano lyre.
Price is £100,000GBP at current exchange rates.
This Bechstein piano formerly belonge resided at Swinton Park, North Yorkshire and belonged to William Whitelaw, Home Secretary under Margaret Thatcher.
William Stephen Ian Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw, KT, CH, MC, PC, DL (28 June 1918 – 1 July 1999), often known as Willie Whitelaw, was a British Conservative Party politician who served in a wide number of Cabinet positions, most notably as Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.
Swinton Park, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire. The Cunliffe-Lister family (who later took the Swinton title), bought Swinton Park, a blackened stone stately home on the outskirts of Masham in the early 1880’s. At the time, the estate had been shortlisted by Queen Victoria as a possible country residence, but she chose Sandringham in Norfolk instead, where the shooting was said to be a little less challenging. There is a strong political history at Swinton Park visitors include Churchill and Chamberlain. Scratchy cine-film footage is available to guests on a homespun video, showing Harold Macmillan and Rab Butler enjoying a snifter on the neighbouring grouse moors. 'Willie' Whitelaw was a regular and Ted Heath and Reggie Maudling were filmed meeting on the Swinton lawns.
History of Swinton Park Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk and http://www.morethangoodmanners.com
This piano is currently in the UK and for sale via Besbrode Pianos Leeds.
Besbrode Pianos Leeds is a specialist piano dealer and wholesaler occupying four floors of a Victorian mill in Leeds, UK.
Our extensive showrooms occupy three premises including four floors of a Victorian mill on the edge of Leeds city centre. This makes us one of the UK's largest retailers.
We permanently display more than 250 new and pre-owned pianos from leading brands with
an entire floor dedicated to the Steinway family of pianos. This impressive inventory offers pianists an
unrivalled opportunity to play and compare pianos side by side. We are experts in packing and shipping and have been selling pianos individually and by wholesale across the globe for the last thirty years.
Besbrode Pianos is an authorised agent for Steinway & Sons and offers the full range of Steinway, Boston and Essex pianos for retail.
For last six years Besbrode Pianos has been official partner to the Leeds International Piano Competition, providing pianos for the competitor's rehearsals. This year, alongside the competition we held an artcased piano exhibition showcasing a range of unique, pianos of cultural and historical interest. Our showrooms were featured in the BBC footage of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012.
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This piano featured in our 'Golden Age of Pianos Exhibition' that ran alongside the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012. To view an archive of this exhibition, visit: http://www.besbrodepianos.co.uk/golden-age-of-pianos-exhibition.htm
BBC Footage: A brief history of the pianoforte - Leeds International Piano Competition 2012 filmed at Besbrode Pianos Leeds