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Model B grand piano from the William Clark House, Newark, New Jersey

Case by George A. Schastey & Co. American
George A. Schastey American, born Germany
Steinway & Sons American

Not on view

The elaborate art case of this grand piano provided the key in unlocking the attribution of the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room. Both combine Renaissance motifs with others derived from Islamic ornament and British Reform design. There are direct parallels in the use of satinwood and purpleheart, the carved swags and figures, the stylized vegetal marquetry, the rectangular insets, and the curvilinear jigsaw-cut details. The piano was delivered to William Clark’s home in Newark, New Jersey, just before New Year’s Eve in 1882. A prosperous Scottish thread manufacturer, Clark had commissioned George A. Schastey & Co. to execute the complete interior decoration of his mansion, which remains standing today. The piano, which can be seen in the foreground of the drawing room photograph, was part of a larger suite of furnishings by Schastey.

Model B grand piano from the William Clark House, Newark, New Jersey, Case by George A. Schastey & Co. (American, New York, 1873–1897), Rosewood, satinwood, purpleheart, brass, and silver, American

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