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Upright pianoforte, Beale, Sydney, 1908-1914

Made 1908-1914

Beale and Company were the largest producer of pianos in Australia from the 1890s through to the early 1960s. Being a Sydney based firm they are of particular significance to the museum’s musical instrument collection which has a strong emphasis on Australian made keyboards including the earliest surviving Australian made piano by John Benham of Sydney dating from about 1835 through to the state of the art Stuart and Sons concert grand piano made in 1998-1999.

The Beale company was established ...


Object No.


Object Statement

Upright pianoforte, Beale, Sydney, 1908-1914

Physical Description

Upright pianoforte, Beale, Sydney, 1908-1914.

Upright grand piano of seven octave compass. Two expression pedals at base. Case is of walnut veneer and rosewood with decorative carvings on front panels and columns. Cast bronze patent plaque above pedals. Gold-painted iron frame with patented Beale iron tuning system (iron wrest plank and locking wrest pins).


Marked:"Made in Australia/Beale Patent/Sydney/Upright Concert Grand".

Serial No: 23856.



1540 mm


1560 mm


690 mm



Beale Pty Ltd. Annandale, N.S.W., Australia





Given to the vendor by one of two previous owners. Original owner brought piano new from Beale showroom. Beale later tried to but back instrument due to its unusual and significant style.


Credit Line

Purchased 1993

Acquisition Date

30 June 1993

Cite this Object


Upright pianoforte, Beale, Sydney, 1908-1914 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 June 2019, <>


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