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Musée de l’École de Nancy, Nancy, France

The Death of the Swan Piano

In 1988 I was commissioned by Steinway to make a piano case (xxxxx). My immediate thoughts went to the great piano that Louis Majorelle designed in 1903. the marquetry was designed by Victor Prouvé. Provo’s solution was to make the marquetry look a bit like stained glass, with simple shapes and black outlines. The scene is of pond vegetation with water lilies. The swan is a recurring theme in French Art Nouveau (xxxx Spindler)

Art Nouveau
1. Louis Majorelle
2. Majorelle chair
3. Gallé box
4. Majorelle piano
5. Marquetry workshop of Louis Majorelle
6. Majorelle cabinet
7. Aube et Crépuscule (Dawn and Dusk)
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