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Wurlitzer Butterfly Baby Grand Piano Art Deco Streamline

Item #1884 SOLD

This 1937 Streamline Art Deco Butterfly Wurlitzer Baby Grand Piano is a very rare find. In nice original finish and remarkable condition, we have also made all the adjustments to ensure that the next owner  will have an instrument worthy of playing for many years to come . I have been waiting for one of these for over five years and now the wait is over!

 

 Of all the Wurlitzer Butterfly Pianos I have seen, 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.  The music stand mimics the streamline banding around the case. 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 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.

 

An expert technician has completely gone through the action, tightened all screws, adjusted all hammers, cleaned and tuned it, spending considerable time and expertise.
The case and finish are original and although there are some light nicks here and there, there is nothing too dramatic or problematic. This piano sounds great. and plays well.  This piano is tuned to standard concert pitch, and can be used as a normal piano for daily use. It has impressive volume and tone, considering its size. The piano comes from the original owner’s children who have owned it for the life of the piano. There are no cracks in the sound board and all of the parts are intact including the rare wood baffles that cover the inside of the butterfly top,all with original finish . The original keys have some slight chipping on the edges. The piano will be sold with an new Yamaha piano bench, in a medium  brown wood finish.
 

There are very few of these pianos left in existence today. They are  rare and desirable among collectors and musicians alike. Developed in a time of great innovation in art, design and music the Butterfly Piano by Rudolph Wurlitzer is an example of a perfect piece of  both form and function.

 

Measurements

36″ tall
55″wide
48″ long

Price (USD)

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