The Morning Glory piano was commissioned by Steinway as their 500,001st piano from a production that began in 1853.
The method that I use to cut marquetry puts some constraints on the size of a panel that can be cut conveniently. The length of a rim of piano is so long that the picture needed to be divided in some way. I chose to make seven individual pictures of morning glory vines with very large white flowers on a background of laurel burl bordered with an ebony inlay. Each of the pictures is unique, with two at the ends cut to fit the shape of the legs and arms of the piano. The main body of the instrument is veneered in a very rich walnut burl and it is trimmed with a holly inlay that reflects the white of the piano keys.