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Square Piano

Manufacturer:
Thomas Loud Evenden (British, London 1792–1866 Philadelphia)
Date:
ca. 1815
Geography:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany case, brass, ivory naturals, ebony accidentals
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-struck-piano
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2718
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.



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