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Square Piano

Maker:
Babcock, Appleton and Babcock (ca. 1812–1814)
Date:
1814
Geography:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Satin mahogany, metal, and various materials
Dimensions:
Overall: 19.7 x 170.8 x 61cm (7 3/4 x 67 1/4 x 24in.); Stand: H. 96.9 cm (27-1/2 in.); Stool: H. 53 cm (20-7/8 in.), Greatest W.: 36.5 cm (14-3/8 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-struck-piano
Credit Line:
Bequest of Helen Wood Pope, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.364a, b
Not on view
This square piano has a rectangular body with stained mahogany veneer and six screw-on reeded legs, four in the front and two in the rear. The keyboard is to the left of the center of the instrument and there are the compass is five and a half octaves (FF-c4) with ivory topped natural keys and ebony accidentals. Three drawers (2 small ones on either side of a larger in-curved drawer) below the keyboard have floral wreath, brass mounts and pulls. A single pedal lefts all of the dampers. In the center of the nameboard is written "Babcock, Appleton, & Babcock / Boston" with a cornucopia on either side. At the ends of the nameboard are floral openwork designs. The lid is supported by a single prop stick that is connected to the folding music desk.
Inscription: nameboard with central "Babcock, Appleton & Babcock, Appleton & Babcock/Boston: with cornucopias on either side
Helen Wood Pope
Makers of the Piano, 1700-1820. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK, 1993, pg. 15.



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