This concert grand piano by Chappell & Co is an excellent example of high quality piano manufacture and is significant for its uniqueness and rarity. It is likely the instrument was either made as a one-off item commissioned from Chappell or was one of a very limited number of this type that were produced. As such it is a fine representative example of the peak of English piano manufacture during the first two decades of the twentieth century.
In the context of the Museum's broader piano collection this instrument helps to describe the evolution of piano manufacture and innovation in England from the earliest English piano represented, a square by Zumpe and Buntebart dating from 1773 (H9480), through important examples by Stodart, Kirkman, Broadwood and Wornum to later nineteenth century and early twentieth century instruments when German and American manufacturers tended to dominate the industry.
The piano is also important as it has a long connection with Australia and may have been commissioned and owned by the Anthony Hordern family who ran one of the largest and most well respected retail department stores in Sydney.
Curator, music & musical instruments