The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
This is the oldest extant piano by Thomas Loud Evenden, the venerable Philadelphia piano maker who would later be a founder of Loud & Brothers. The case is of mahogany and there are three drawers below the keyboard. The elaborate nameboard includes the maker's gil inscription on a red-painted ground flanked by lyre-playing angels. The four turned legs have brass collars and brass casterless paw feet. The legs may be replacements added later as they do not seem to match the far simpler case. Ivory naturals and ebony accidentals. The compass is FF-c4.
Marking: Signed on nameboard: Tho. L. Enden & Son, / FROM LONDON. / Philadelphia.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Makers of the Piano, 1700-1820. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK, 1993, pg. 192.
A Checklist of American Musical Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pg. 11, ill.
American Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pg. 178, fig. 217, ill.
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 271.
Catalogue of Keyboard Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 0, pg. 173,175, ill.
Artist: Loud & Brothers (American)Date: ca. 1825Medium: Mahogany and rosewood veneer case, satinwood interior, decorated with gilt borders and floral, acanthus, and scroll work.Accession: 89.4.2812On view in:Not on view
Artist: Christian Frederick Martin (Markneukirchen, Saxony 1796–1873 Nazareth, Pennsylvania)Date: ca. 1838Medium: Wood, maple, spruce, abalone, ebony, metal, brass, ivoryAccession: 1979.380a, bOn view in:Not on view