Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Chamber Organ

William Crowell (American, active Mount Vernon, New Hampshire 1830–after 1852, Mount Vernon)
United States
Wood, various materials
H.: 207 cm (81-1/2 in.); D.: 71.5 cm (28-5/8 in.); W.: 136.5 cm (53-3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1974
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: During restoration in August 1978, the following pencil inscription was found on the front of the windchest: Wm Crowell - Mt. Vernon N.H. Nov 28 - 1852. This date is later than the original estimate but is more in keeping with the style of the case.

Marking: (On nameboard) Wm. Crowell, Montvernon
A Checklist of American Musical Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pg. 16.

"Keyboard Instruments." Summer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1989), Vol. 47, No. 1, pg. 55, ill.

American Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pg. 31, fig. 17, ill.

Related Objects

Pipe Organ

Artist: Thomas Appleton (American, 1785–1872) Date: 1830 Medium: Mahogany veneer, rosewood veneer, pine, gilt, ivory, ebony, maple, walnut, chestnut Accession: 1982.59.1–.105 On view in:Not on view

Square Piano

Artist: Robert Nunns (British, (active United States) 1791–1869) Date: 1853 Medium: Rosewood, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, abalone, felt, metal, paint, gilding Accession: 06.1312 On view in:Gallery 736


Artist: possibly Georg Voll (German, Nuremberg active ca. 1540–ca. 1575, Nuremberg) Date: ca. 1575 Medium: Wood, various materials Accession: 89.4.2883 On view in:Not on view


Date: 19th century Medium: Agave flower stalk, wood, paint, horsehair Accession: 89.4.2631 a, b On view in:Not on view

Positive Organ

Date: 17th century Medium: Woods, metal alloys, leather and various materials. Accession: 1978.6 On view in:Not on view