By the late-19th Century, if you built a house, it needed to have a music room, which needed ofcourse a piano, which needed a shawl to keep it dust free, which needed something to keep the silk thing from slipping off...
That 'thing' was a bisque porcelain figurine called the 'Piano Baby'. They range in size from 6 to 18 inches. Most of the figures were made in Germany.
The best piano babies were made by Gebrüder Heubach (Heubach Brothers), a German company founded by Georg Christoph and Phillipp Jakob Heubach in Lichte, Thuringia, in 1843.
The reason Heubach figures are so special is because in 1863 the company started a school for porcelain sculpting, and trained their artists to create naturally expressive faces with distinctive hairstyles and quirky features, like dimples.
It was the deep, intaglio-cut, painted eyes that gave their piano babies the depth of realism they are famous for. Most Heubach babies, by the way, are boys.
What's your 'Piano Baby' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):
|Steinway Model S Baby Grand Piano 1938||04/2019||$20 000.00|
|Yamaha White Baby Grand Piano Previosly||06/2019||$36 500.00|
|Yamaha Disklavier Dc1 Baby Grand Piano||04/2019||$13 900.00|
|Last Chance Yamaha Dc1 5'3 Conservatory||04/2019||$9 900.00|
|Schiller Baby Grand W Ipad Player||06/2019||$8 680.00|
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