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88/47 Portative organ, Ronald Sharp, Sydney, 1986-1988. Click to enlarge.

Portative organ, Ronald Sharp, Sydney, 1986-1988

Made 1986-1988

Ron Sharp is one of Australia’s best known organ builders. His largest and most important work was the Sydney Opera House organ. This portative organ is the smallest he has made. It is an original design and is one of eight made of a variety of timbers . All are beautifully made and it is unlikely he will make more.

Ron is a self taught craftsman, very involved with concept of creativity. He is interested in finding new solutions to the old problems inherent in organ building.

Summary

Object No.

88/47

Object Statement

Portative organ, Ronald Sharp, Sydney, 1986-1988

Physical Description

Single manual, 20 note compass G-d1; 40 rectangular pipes in four rows, made of Tasmanian blackwood and Tasmanian myrtle; coupler switch; natural keys of Maracaibo box, accidentals keys of mulga; leather bellows at rear.

[Queensland] walnut case with rectangular carved, foliate panel on each side.

Dimensions

Height

520 mm

Width

300 mm

Depth

400 mm

Production

Made

1986-1988

History

Notes

Purchased with the assistance of the Visual Arts and Crafts Board of the Australia Council and Mojo MDA, 1988.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1988

Acquisition Date

11 January 1988

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Portative organ, Ronald Sharp, Sydney, 1986-1988 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 April 2019, <https://ma.as/85675>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/85675 |title=Portative organ, Ronald Sharp, Sydney, 1986-1988 |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=21 April 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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