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A Splendid Piano.

A well-known firm of pianoforte manufacturers, writes a London correspondent, have received a commission from Mr BurneJones to make a piano for the artist's daughter, which will in many ways be a unique instrument. The case is to be painted of that dull green which was, and indeed still is, fashionable in the circles given over to the {esthetic cult. The " black " keys of the piano are also to be painted green; but its most unique feature will be the decoration of the panels, which Mr Burne-Jones will himself paint. When it is finished, Miss Burne-Jones'a piano will be one of the most valuable instruments in existence, a worthy companion to that which changed hands in New York a short time ago for little less than seven thousand pounds, the lid of which was painted by Mr Alma Tadema, and the panels by Meiasonier. It is, however, no new thing for great artists to lend their art in this way to the decoration of musical instruments, and I recall at least one grand piano painted by Fragonard, and varnished by Vernis Martin, which would, if it were ever to find its way into the auction rooms, fetch an almost fabulous price.

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A Splendid Piano., Issue 7905, 13 May 1889

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A Splendid Piano. Issue 7905, 13 May 1889

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