1950s Danish Modern piano owned by Eichler architect Frederick Emmons

mid century zwicki pianette
Here is an amazing, mid century wonder: A Danish Modern piano, originally owned by one of the architects who design Eichler houses. This piano is actually for sale — its owners Tina and David subscribe to my weekly newsletter and send me the for-sale link the other day. They say that, “A limited number of these pianos were made in the 1950s by Louis Zwicki in Denmark.” A Danish Modern piano — who would have thunk it? Gorgeous….

If you are interested in buying this antique Zwicik piano, here is the link. May I also keep your listing info and photos for posterity, Tina and David? Good luck!

PRICE JUST REDUCED. Whether you’re a pianist, a collector of mid-century furnishings, or both, this Minor Model pianette is a rare find. Beautiful mid-century design features a teak case with wicker grille on the back, plus matching wicker top bench.

danish modern piano

It has been wrapped and stored since we purchased it from Modern i in San Anselmo 8 to 9 years ago. It probably needs a tuning, but otherwise is in perfect, ready-to-play condition (there is the most minor scuffing on the front left corner below the keys, barely noticeable). A limited number of these pianos were made in the 1950s by Louis Zwicki in Denmark.

mid century modern piano

It’s original owner was a well-known, Bay Area architect, Frederick E. Emmons of the architectural firm Jones + Emmons, who designed homes for Joseph Eichler.

It was sold to him by the Penny Owsley Music store in LA (her name is also on the piano), one of a handful of detailers in So. CA with exclusive rights to sell Zwicki pianos.

Comes with matching single seat bench (not pictured).

Tina also provided this link to a vintage piano site in Denmark: which features even more Danish Modern pianos. : )

Gorgeous! And I think — the first piano I have ever featured on the blog. Readers, do you have pianos in your homes?  


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  1. Paul Chopin says

    Hi, Is this beautiful Zwicki still available? If yes, please contact me. I am a teacher in San Diego and would lover to buy this piano please. Thank you, Paul Chopin

    • pam kueber says

      Hi Paul — I clicked the link in the story, and the piano appears to be sold. The story was very old — originally published in 2011. Good luck in your hunt!

    • Carmen Clavijo López says

      I have just the same piano and I would like to sell it, but I don’t know what price can be sold. Could you help me? Is anyone interested in it?

      • pam kueber says

        Hi Carmen, we do not do valuations. Also, no buying/selling here on the blog or it would become chaos. If you believe this is truly valuable you should consult with a professional appraiser…

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