Height: 19 11/16 in. (50 cm) Width: 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)
Aerophone-Free Reed-concertina / accordion
Purchase, Robert Alonzo Lehman Bequest, 2005
Not on view
One of two Paris accordions perfectionnes. In addition to the two-row keyboard, it has five basses and two registers of different reeds to produce different timbres.
In the 1830s, Paris became a major center of accordion production, which flourished until the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. To compete with makers in Austria and Germany, Paris manufacturers successfully marketed their instruments by applying rich and costly decoration. Following a model by Demian of 1831, the two instruments have a second button row for the accidentals and are therefore called "perfected" accordions. In contrast to accordions made in Vienna and Germany, the lowest note speaks at suction.
Marking: The manufacturer's nameplate reads G. KANEGUISSERT/ PASSAGE DU GD. CERF NO. 4/ A PARIS.