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'Mira Flygel', a piano, the hinged cover of acrylic panels within chromed metal framework, the ebonised wood case with red-leather panelling to flanks, on chromed steel uprights, ebony and ivory keyboard, by Poul Henningsen, for Andreas Christensen, 1931, signed with maker's mark above keyboard, and pencil inscription 'Le Schmidt 29-6-1931' to underside of case
Known primarily as a lighting designer, who had first exhibited at the Exposition Internationale of 1925, Poul Henningsen briefly experimented with chromed tubular steel to produce two piano designs for Andreas Christensen, and several designs for seating, including a piano chair. Viewed as an ensemble, the piano -- with a canopy resembling the wing of a dragonfly -- is countered by the stylised flower-form of the chair, the two together representative of a modernisation of the organic styling of Art Nouveau. Despite the inventiveness of these designs, the Danish market had little appetite for Modernism, and none were produced in any quantity.