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H4011 Square piano, wood / metal / ivory / fabric, made by John Broadwood & Sons, London, England, 1839. Click to enlarge.

John Broadwood & Sons square piano

Made
Square piano, wood / metal / ivory / fabric, made by John Broadwood & Sons, London, England, 1839

Square piano with suspended wooden sustaining pedal. The music rack slides and folds out. There is open scrollwork on the case together with two decorative metal grilles with fabric backing on either side of nameboard. There are metal bracing components within, coloured black with swirling gold. Manufacturer's and seller's information is inscribed above the keys.

Summary

Object No.

H4011

Object Statement

Square piano, wood / metal / ivory / fabric, made by John Broadwood & Sons, London, England, 1839

Physical Description

Square piano, wood / metal / ivory / fabric, made by John Broadwood & Sons, London, England, 1839

Square piano with suspended wooden sustaining pedal. The music rack slides and folds out. There is open scrollwork on the case together with two decorative metal grilles with fabric backing on either side of nameboard. There are metal bracing components within, coloured black with swirling gold. Manufacturer's and seller's information is inscribed above the keys.

Marks

Manufacturer's label inscribed above keys, black on ivory, 'Patent / John Broadwood & Sons / Makers to her Majesty & the Royal Family. / Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square. / London.'

Seller's information below label and surrounded by decorative border, in gold 'SOLD BY / ROBERT MAVER, / PIANOFORTE AND MUSIC WAREHOUSE, / GLASGOW.'

Dimensions

Height

840 mm

Width

1750 mm

Depth

750 mm

Production

Notes

The square piano was made by John Broadwood & Sons, London, England in 1839.

History

Notes

According to information in a letter on file from Broadwood Pianos Ltd dated 1995, the square piano was sold on the 28th February 1839 to a Scottish music shop, named as Mrs McFayden and Sons, place unknown. The piano was delivered by the porters of Broadwood Pianos Ltd to Carron Warfe, London, and transported to Scotland on a boat named 'Prosperpine'.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1937

Acquisition Date

27 May 1937

Cite this Object

Harvard

John Broadwood & Sons square piano 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 August 2021, <https://ma.as/238185>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/238185 |title=John Broadwood & Sons square piano |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=6 August 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

Incomplete

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