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H5300 Square pianoforte, Longman & Broderip, London, 1782-1798.. Click to enlarge.

Square pianoforte, Longman & Broderip, London, 1782-1798.

Made
Square pianoforte, Longman & Broderip, London, 1782-1798.

Five octave compass (FF-f'''); single action; stringing bichord throughout with seven lowest notes gimped; strings individually hitched at back of case and run to wrestpins on right; inside case on left are three brass and steel hand levers to operate bass damper, treble damper and sourdine or lute bar; hammers have at some time been re-covered in felt, the original material having been leather.

Mahogany case with boxwood and …

Summary

Object No.

H5300

Object Statement

Square pianoforte, Longman & Broderip, London, 1782-1798.

Physical Description

Square pianoforte, Longman & Broderip, London, 1782-1798.

Five octave compass (FF-f'''); single action; stringing bichord throughout with seven lowest notes gimped; strings individually hitched at back of case and run to wrestpins on right; inside case on left are three brass and steel hand levers to operate bass damper, treble damper and sourdine or lute bar; hammers have at some time been re-covered in felt, the original material having been leather.

Mahogany case with boxwood and hardwood banding; kingwood crossbanding around keyboard; nameboard features inlaid boxwood label; interior has pine frame and soundboard surrounded by mahogany moulding; ebony and ivory keys with boxwood mouldings on white key fronts; separate mahogany stand with four slender, tapered square legs and brass capping castors.

Marks

Inlaid boxwood label on nameboard has black written inscription: Longman and Broderip, Instrument Makers, 26 Cheapside and 13 Haymarket, London.

63 carved on back of wrest plank.

Dimensions

Height

800 mm

Width

1370 mm

Depth

495 mm

Production

Notes

Longman and Broderip are regarded as wholesalers and retailers rather than makers and it is assumed pianos bearing their name were made for them by other London based piano makers. This is also suggested by the variety of musical instruments that also bear their name such as woodwind and brass instruments as well as published music.

History

Notes

James Longman, one of the partners of Longman & Broderip originally traded under the name of J. Longman & Co from about 1767. In 1769 he went into partnership with a Mr Lukey and then in 1775 they were joined by Francis Broderip. From 1776 the company was known as Longman and Broderip until the company went bankrupt in 1798 and the partners went their seperate ways and formed firms with other individuals. Notably, Longman's son John went into partnership with piano virtuoso and composer Muzio Clementi.

The addition of the second address on this instrument, "13 Haymarket" would suggest a date from 1782 or later, according to Martha Novak Clinkscale in Makers of the Piano 1700-1820 (OUP, 1993, p,182).

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1954

Acquisition Date

16 June 1954

Cite this Object

Harvard

Square pianoforte, Longman & Broderip, London, 1782-1798. 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 August 2021, <https://ma.as/242869>

Wikipedia

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