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Wurlitzer Butterfly Baby Grand Piano Art Deco Streamline

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This 1937 streamline Art Deco butterfly Wurlitzer baby grand piano original finish and remarkable condition. Wurlitzer 88 key deluxe has been positively identified as the style 1411. Of the Wurlitzer butterfly pianos, this model has the best detailing. It has the unique winged shape and is one of the most sought after Art Deco innovations in piano design. The design of the wood that backs the pedals has great Art Deco detail. Piano keys are celluloid not ivory since Wurlitzer never used ivory keys on any of these butterfly pianos. Streamlined elements, including a quartet of raised banding around the body. These are actually sound port slots that radiate all the way around the case, and allow sound to escape the cabinet. The “winged” lids open to reveal a secondary ported removable inner lid. These lids are decoratively cutout to allow the sound to ring out via a large F hole, similar to a violin, as well as multiple radial slots along the outer edge. The walnut is beautiful, warm and deeply grained. Although no one really knows exactly how many of these were made the number is thought to be approximately 75 that were manufactured in 1937. The “Butterfly” was made in at least two different sizes including a 73 key version in a Duncan Phyfe, Louis XV or Art Deco style case. The piano offered here is the most professional version of this piano, a standard 88 key model which makes it the most valuable. The piano has been gone thoroughly gone over by a 40 year technicians and has a clean bill of health. Ready for the next 80 years.

Details

  • Condition
  • Wear
    Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 36 in. x W 55 in. x D 48 in.H 91.44 cm x W 139.7 cm x D 121.92 cm
  • Seller Location
    Oakland, CA
  • Seller Reference Number
    2718
  • Reference Number
    LU871416285841
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