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Bösendorfer Woman in Gold: Celebration of Vienna

By Lucy Maddox - February 11, 2021


Being Austria's sole remaining piano makers, Bösendorfer are always keen to celebrate their city's history. Bösendorfer Woman in Gold is part of their Artist Series, seamlessly combining music and art and shining a light on Vienna’s rich heritage.


GUSTAV KLIMT: WOMAN IN GOLD

 

The Bösendorfer 214VC ‘Woman in Gold’ is a beautiful tribute to one of the founding artists of the Vienna Secession Movement  during the Art Nouveau era;  a renowned Austrian symbolist painter, Gustav Klimt.

 

Perhaps Klimt’s most famous works include ‘The Kiss’ and ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (Woman in Gold)’, both of which contain his signature gold leaf, and both of which have featured on Bösendorfer grand pianos.

 

   

Bosendorfer Craft (2)Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kiss_(Klimt)                                             

 

 

  GOLDEN EXPRESSION

 

Klimt’s father was a gold engraver and as a movement, the Vienna Secession were deliberate in their use of gold motifs to symbolise  growth (gold being a symbol of light).

 

Gold was therefore a big part of Klimt’s life and the ‘Golden Phase’ of his career, thought to be inspired by his travels in Italy, gained him critical success and financial prosperity.

 

Transferring this stunning golden work of art onto a Bösendorfer 214VC Grand Piano involved the use of sophisticated reprographic techniques. That is the process of reproducing graphics through electrical or mechanical means.

 

Once the high-resolution image of the painting was transferred, skilled artisans then applied gold leaf by hand to the painting on the inside of the lid, as well as to the music desk and legs. This deliberate touch perfectly reflects the golden expression of Art Nouveau, and Klimt himself.

 

applying gold leaf 2

 

 

applying gold leaf close up

 

BÖSENDORFER 214VC 'WOMAN IN GOLD' COLLECTOR’S EDITION

 

The Bösendorfer ‘Woman in Gold’ Collector’s Edition is available in the 200VC or 214VC grand piano models and is limited to just 25 pieces world-wide. Coach House Pianos has Edition #22, with the Disklavier Self-Playing system, available to view and purchase in London.

 

 

Bosendorfer Klimt edition DSCF3870

 

 

FEATURES OF THE BÖSENDORFER 214VC 'WOMAN IN GOLD' COLLECTOR’S EDITION:

 

 

  • Resonance case technology and solid spruce rim construction for advanced projection
  • Independent Capo d’Astro for perfect adjustment in the upper register
  • Wood spruce sourced from Austria
  • Hand-spun Bösendorfer bass strings
  • Individual stringing, every string individually attached with a hand-made loop
  • Open Pinblock offering a firm basis for the pins tied with string
  • Disklavier Self-Playing System

REVIEW OF BÖSENDORFER 'WOMAN IN GOLD' COLLECTOR'S EDITION

 

Discover the story of one of Coach House’s clients as they fell in love with Bösendorfer, and in particular the Bösendorfer 'Woman in Gold' collector’s edition.

 

 

 

 

If you would like to find out more about this beautiful instrument, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our specialist piano advisers are always happy to talk. 

 

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