The famous Walter Cave Bechstein model 9 is not only a superb instrument but a chance to own a significant piece from the highly collectable Arts and Craft movement. The same model is displayed at Shaw’s Corner, the home of George Bernard Shaw. There are few known examples and even fewer in such superb original condition. The piano mechanism has been fully restored to the highest standard.
Walter Frederick Cave (17 September 1863 – 7 January 1939) was an English architect and interior designer. He worked initially in the Arts and Crafts style, and latterly in the Classical Revival. Cave was educated at Eton before studying art at the Royal Academy Schools and then architecture under Arthur W. Blomfield. In 1889 he set up a practice in London and joined the Art Workers’ Guild. Maple & Co. exhibited a piano designed by Cave for Bechstein at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society, of which Cave was later president.
The Arts and Crafts Movement was an international design movement that flourished between 1860 and 1910. The movement developed first and most fully in the British Isles, but spread across the British Empire and to the rest of Europe and North America. It was largely a reaction against the perceived impoverished state of the decorative arts at the time and the conditions in which they were produced. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and has been said to be essentially anti-industrial.