This lavishly decorated 1882 Steinway piano was in nearly original condition but with damage to the delicate carvings in purpleheart wood. These carvings had been damaged by careless handling and unskillful repairs. The piano had been designed by Gilded Age artist George A. Schastey. The owner wanted it to be fully restored so it could be acquired by a major museum collection. Dimitrios produced new carvings out of the hard purpleheart wood and let them into the existing intricate carved work.