The grand Maroque piano is an M scale 5'7'' instrument. It is the smallest grand piano expressly designed and engineered by Jackson and produced along with Steinway & Sons for a fashionable cruise ship setting.
The Grand Maroque was built in the tradition of the french "ebenistes", gifted 17th-century furniture makers whose artistry with ebony veneers and highly polished lacquers inspired generations of design masters, including art deco style and early twentieth-century modernist designers such as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
The piano is constructed using a choice selection of elegantly grained, hand dyed Macassar Ebony and English Sycamore veneers. The metal trim is brushed brass. Introducing and innovative split piano lid where the front section of the lid lifts to become the desk to hold sheet music, and the rear lid section is the acoustic sail.
The high-gloss finish finely engineered angles and surfaces of the Grand Maroque are created by hand and by machine in a deliberate synthesis of furniture, machinery, system and style. The name Maroque was chosen to suggest the rich cultural exchange of creative traditions that took place in the early twentieth century between artists such as Henri Matisse and Moorish design influences that originated in Morrocco.
The new ship showcases the impeccable curatorial skill that is visible in every artistic and design detail. From stem to stern, for both large public and small private spaces - and I'm proud to have the grand Maroque on board.