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):
|2000 Steinway Model S 5 1 Player Baby||07/2019||$32995.00|
|Yamaha White Baby Grand Piano Previosly||06/2019||$18250.00|
|Yamaha Baby Grand Piano Mark 1v||07/2019||$9000.00|
|Yamaha G1 C1 Baby Grand Piano Outlet||07/2019||$9000.00|
|Story Clark 5 Player Baby Grand Piano||08/2019||$8990.00|
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