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H4366 Upright cabinet piano, timber. metal & ivory, made by George & Manby, 85 Fleet Street, London, c.1840. Click to enlarge.

Upright cabinet piano, timber. metal & ivory, made by George & Manby, 85 Fleet Street, London, c.1840

Made c 1840
This is an upright cabinet piano made by George & Manby of London in about 1840. This piano was an attempt to put grand piano sound into a small room. The height of the cabinet allowed the piano strings to reach lengths similar to those of a grand piano.

Both pianos and harps were commonly found in Australian colonial homes across the middle and upper classes. They were brought to the colony on sailing ships often in place of more practical items. The instruments proclaimed their owners' social and cultural superiority and brought stability in the alien Australian environment. Highly decorative harps like this one exuded a perceived wealth and cultural ambition and were much easier to transport than pianos. Learning the harp or piano was a required achievement for young, well-to-do ladies of the colony.

Summary

Object No.

H4366

Object Statement

Upright cabinet piano, timber. metal & ivory, made by George & Manby, 85 Fleet Street, London, c.1840

Physical Description

Compass six and a half octaves (CC-f''''); lowest five strings single wound, remainder bichord; strings individually hitched; hammers felt covered; overdamper; wooden frame; clumsy sticker action and top-heaviness; mouldings on fronts of keys; two wooden pedals (una corda and sostenuto).

Rosewood veneered case; pleated silk upper front panel with central rosette; plain column with carved capital on either side of panel; candle stand on each side of keyboard; heavily carved, turned legs on castors.

Marks

On nameboard: George & Manby/ From Clementis/ Manufacturers/ 85 Fleet Street London

Dimensions

Height

2010 mm

Width

1210 mm

Depth

630 mm

Production

Made

c 1840

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1941

Acquisition Date

30 September 1941

Cite this Object

Harvard

Upright cabinet piano, timber. metal & ivory, made by George & Manby, 85 Fleet Street, London, c.1840 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 July 2020, <https://ma.as/239022>

Wikipedia

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