The C. Bechstein Sphinx Grand Piano
The Sphinx Grand Piano - a masterpiece
The formidable sound quality combines modern concert culture with a regal presence. C. Bechstein has succeeded in resurrecting this historic treasure. This outstanding piece took 1800 working hours to create, over a total production time of 32 months.
Old craft skills revived
C. Bechstein’s unique research centre has revived old manufacturing techniques to hand-craft this one-of-a-kind grand piano. The reproduction of the historic, fire-gilded bronze figurines was overseen by Karsten Püschner, leading restorer and master wood carver during the restoration of Dresden’s Frauenkirche and other famous buildings.
Beauty, down to the finest detail
Mythical sphinxes guard this valuable treasure, which transforms its surroundings into an elegant salon. The sphinx, a figure from Greek mythology, is a mythical creature with the enchanting grace of a female body coupled with the power of a lion. Half human, half animal. Ready to pounce, brimming with confidence. Wings give this hybrid being a sense of weightlessness. Greek, Egyptian and Roman motifs in the Empire style, such as lion’s feet, laurel or oak leaves, are presented in perfect form. The basic shape of the decorations to be applied are carved to scale in wood and then used as a mould for the bronze models, using a wax-melting process. The bronze castings are then cleaned and refinished before finally being fire gilded. The fire-gilded figurines are given their fantastic, elegant sheen by means of extensive hand polishing using polishing stones.
A grand piano fit for a king! The styling, the adornments on the body, are an homage to the great Empire style period dating back to the time of Napoléon Bonaparte. The first model was built in 1886 as a special exhibition piece for C. Bechstein, London.
Dignified, splendid, graceful
The links with ancient art forms are unmistakable. Fine woods, materials of the highest quality and gold are integrated into every detail of this magnificent grand piano. A unique piece, a solitaire on a truly impressive scale! An encounter with this instrument is not to be forgotten. We are transported to another era. In our mind’s eye, we picture people in magnificent garments, engaging in lively and cultivated conversation.
The C. Bechstein B 212 Grand Piano
The acoustic body of the Sphinx grand piano, the musical heart inside this replica, is the C. Bechstein B 212 model, a professional grand piano of the master class series. Its touch and tone qualities fulfil even the highest of requirements and enchant anyone that plays the instrument.
Photos: Deniz Saylan