Music stand

English
about 1810
Made by Sebastian Erard (French, 1752–1831)


Dimensions

Height x width: 119.4 cm (47 in.)

Accession Number

2010.1042

Medium or Technique

Wood; beech, brass candleholders

On View

Susan Morse Hilles Gallery (Gallery 152)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Furniture

This music stand imitating black and gold Asian lacquer was made by the renowned French instrument maker and inventor Sebastian Erard. Besides harps and pianos, the Erard firm also specialized in at least two kinds of music stands: mahogany and “japanned and gilded” like this one. This duet music stand was previously owned by Gerald Wellesley (1885–1972), 7th Duke of Wellington, whose collection of Regency furniture helped to revive interest in Thomas Hope in the early 20th century.


This music stand imitating black and gold Asian lacquer was made by the renowned French instrument maker and inventor Sebastian Erard. Besides harps and pianos, the Erard firm also specialized in at least two kinds of music stands: mahogany and “japanned and gilded” like this one. This duet music stand was previously owned by Gerald Wellesley (1885–1972), 7th Duke of Wellington, whose collection of Regency furniture helped to revive interest in Thomas Hope in the early 20th century.

Provenance

Gerald Wellesley (b. 1885- d. 1972), 7th Duke of Wellington; by descent within the family; sold by the descendants of Wellesley to H. Blairman and Sons, London. About 2002, acquired on the London art market by Horace Wood Brock, New York; 2010, gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Wood Brock