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Square Piano

Date:
ca. 1790
Geography:
Nürnberg?, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Various materials
Dimensions:
Case length (perpendicular to keyboard): original casework without facade = 55.7 cm; including fretwork facade = 59.5 cm; Width (parallel to keyboard) 164.0 cm, Case depth without lid 20.0 cm, Total height 73.5 cm, 3-octave span 73.5 cm, String length: longest 137.0 cm shortest 11.8 cm c2 34.0 cm
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-struck-piano
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1197
Not on view
Oak and fir(?) case with gothic style carved arcades on the front and side facades. The trestle stand and lid are not original to the instrument. The keyboard has 61 keys (FF–f3), naturals with ebony tops on the front edge of the key and stained wood tails, ivory topped accidentals. Originally there was a single pedal that controlled the dampers. The mechanism is a Prellmechanik action with simple form of prelleiste (cloth-lined rail).
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Written by, Edited by Thomas MacCracken. "German Square Pianos with Prellmechanik in Major American Museum Collections: Distinguishing Characteristics of Regional Schools in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries." Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society (1998), vol. XXIV, pg. 31, 53, 54, 55, 63, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Historical Groups, Gallery 39. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1905, pg. 136.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 93.

Catalogue of Keyboard Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 0, pg. 133,135, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 93.



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