|Gothic grand piano|
|Gothic piano description|
This is not at all what we’re accustomed to, in the way of grand pianos. But as the text informs us, a piano was a relatively new instrument, so there wasn’t much in the way of preconceived notions about what it ought to look like. The idea, as explained, is to make the instrument match the decor, and the Gothic* style was well loved. Though many associate classic Greek simplicity with this time period, "more is more” tended to be the design ideal, most notably for the sovereign (formerly Prince Regent), King George IV.
*Previous posts on the Gothic style include Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill, looking glasses, dairy houses, and cottages.
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