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  • The MFA’s Musical Instruments Collection contains over 1,100 examples from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Explore a selection of keyboard instruments from the Museum’s holdings.

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  • Harpsichord

    about 1550

    Object Place: Naples, Italy

    Description

    Music: Tenore del passo e mezo con sei mutanze by Antonio Valente, 1576 (performed by Frances Conover Fitch)

    Provenance

    Before 1900, Leopoldo Franciolini, Florence, Italy; about 1900, sold by Franciolini to the Musikmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden; early 1970s, sold by Musikmuseet to Michael Thomas, London, England; about 1980, sold by Thomas to Otmar Seemann, Vienna, Austria. November 25, 1983, sold by Sotheby's London, lot 154, to Hugh Gough, New York; 1986, sold by Gough to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 22, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 191.5 cm, width 67.6 cm, case height 19.4 cm (Length 75 3/8 in., width 26 5/8 in., case height 7 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.518

    Medium or Technique

    Maple

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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      MIAudio29.mp3

  • Polygonal virginal

    1574
    Joseph Salodiensis (Italian, 1559–1574)

    Object Place: Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    About 1900, Leopoldo Franciolini, Florence, Italy. By 1913, Hugh Whitaker, Lymington, Hampshire, England. Before 1924, reportedly owned by Eleanora Duse (1858-1924), Italy. By mid-1950s, sold by unidentified dealer, Florence, Italy, to Alfred Fondacaro, Jr.; by 1981, by descent to his daughter, Ada F. MacArthur, Brookline, Massachusetts; 1981, sold by MacArthur to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 10, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 158.6 cm, width 49.1 cm, case height 17.9 cm (Length 62 7/16 in., width 19 5/16 in., case height 7 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.277

    Medium or Technique

    Cypress

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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      MIAudio145.mp3

  • Clavichord

    end of the 16th or early 17th century

    Object Place: Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 116.8 cm, width 39.3 cm, case height 14.8 cm (Length 46 in., width 15 1/2 in., case height 5 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1796

    Medium or Technique

    Fir

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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      MIAudio144.mp3

  • Virginal

    about 1605–34
    Attributed to Francesco Poggio (Italian, 1588–1634 Italian)

    Object Place: Florence, Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 152.7 cm, width 51.6 cm, case height 19.5 cm (Length 60 1/8 in., width 20 5/16 in., case height 7 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1791

    Medium or Technique

    Poplar

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Virginal (Muselar)

    1610
    Andreas Ruckers, the Elder (Belgian, 1579–about 1652 Belgian)

    Object Place: Antwerp, Belgium

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 130.5 cm, width 45.5 cm, case height 20.5 cm (Length 51 3/8 in., width 17 15/16 in., case height 8 1/6 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1792

    Medium or Technique

    Poplar

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Harpsichord

    1667

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Inscription

    "Posée le 15m / doctobre / 1667" in ink or black crayon on underside of soundboard; "PAR I H COL[LESSE] / LION 1739" in ink on an interior strut which had been added during the 18th c. ravalement, or later

    Provenance

    1961, André Meyer, Paris, France; 1970, sold by André Meyer to Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Friends of the Collection Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 215 cm, width 76.5 cm, case height 25.9 cm, height with stand 96.2 cm (Length 84 5/8 in., width 30 1/8 in., case height 10 3/16 in., height with stand 37 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.55

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Harpsichord

    1680
    Joseph Joannes Couchet (Belgian, 1652–1706 Belgian)

    Object Place: Antwerp, Belgium

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1925, Mrs. James Henry Lancashire (Sarah Hale Wright, about 1860-1945), New York. By 1925, Karl Freund Collection, New York; 1925, sold by the Anderson Galleries, New York, for Karl Freund. 1942, sold by Ginsberg and Levy, New York, to Sibyl Marcuse, New York; 1958, sold by Sibyl Marcuse to Edward M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Friends of the Collection Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 221.2 cm, width 92.7 cm, case height 26.5 cm, height with stand 92.9 cm (Length 87 1/16 in., width 36 1/2 in., case height 10 7/16 in., height with stand 36 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.54

    Medium or Technique

    Poplar

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Organ (regal)

    1692
    Marked by Simon Bauer (German, active late 17th century)

    Object Place: Southern Germany or Austria

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1920, sold by source unidentified, probably in Europe, to Edward F. Searles (1841-1920), Methuen, Massachusetts; by 1920, by inheritance to B. Allen Rowland (1910-1991), New Castle, New Hampshire; 1981, gift of the estate of B. Allen Rowland¸ Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

    Credit Line

    The Edward F. Searles Musical Instrument Collection; Gift of Edward S. Rowland, Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., George B. Rowland, Daniel B. Rowland, Rodney D. Rowland and M.A. Swedlund in memory of their father, Benjamin Allen Rowland

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 65.7 cm, width 18.9 cm, case height 9.9 cm (Length 25 7/8 in., width 7 7/16 in., case height 3 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.746

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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    • audio

      MIAudio140.mp3

  • Organ (Positive)

    about 1700

    Object Place: Southern Germany or Austria

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 113.5 cm, width 81.9 cm, depth 81.9 cm (Height 44 11/16 in., width 32 1/4 in., depth 32 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1939

    Medium or Technique

    Spruce

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Spinet

    1700
    Stephen Keene (English, about 1640–1712 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Inscription

    In ink (so faint as to be nearly illegible) on the nameboard: STEPHANUS KEENE LONDINI FECIT; in ink on the d''' key lever: EB / 1700

    Provenance

    1932, gift of Charles Hitchcock Tyler, Boston, Massachusetts, to the MFA (Accession Date: September 1, 1932)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 162.4 cm, width 60 cm, case height 17.3 cm (Length 63 15/16 in., width 23 5/8 in., case height 6 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    32.252

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Keyed metallophone

    probably 1675–1750

    Object Place: Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55 cm, width 33.4 cm, case height 11.4 cm (Length 21 5/8 in., width 13 1/8 in., case height 4 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2042

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Spinet

    about 1730–50

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 110.9 cm, width 55.1 cm, case height 13.5 cm (Length 43 11/16 in., width 21 11/16 in., case height 5 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1793

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Harpsichord

    probably 1736
    Henri Hemsch (French (born in Germany), 1700–1769)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Music: Les Tendres Plaintes by Jean-Phillippe Rameau, 1724 (performed by Peter Sykes)

    Inscription

    Signed around rose: HENRY HEMSCH; 17[?]6 on soundboard near tail the third digit had been altered to read "0" at some time previous to the instrument's arrival at the MFA.

    Provenance

    About 1887/8, sold by unidentified dealer to Edward F. Searles (1841-1920), Methuen, Massachusetts, possibly during an extended honeymoon in Europe; by 1920, by inheritance to B. Allen Rowland (1910-1991), New Castle, New Hampshire; 1981, gift of the estate of B. Allen Rowland, Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

    Credit Line

    The Edward F. Searles Musical Instrument Collection; Gift of Edward S. Rowland, Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., George B. Rowland, Daniel B. Rowland, Rodney D. Rowland and M.A. Swedlund in memory of their father, Benjamin Allen Rowland

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 238 cm, width 89 cm, case height 28.3 cm, height 92.5 cm (Length 93 11/16 in., width 35 1/16 in., case height 11 1/8 in., height 36 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.747

    Medium or Technique

    Poplar

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Harpsichord with additional piano action

    1758
    Jacob Kirckman (English, 1710–1792 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1924, documented for inclusion of Merlin action, ownership unknown. Before 1942, acquired by Mrs. Francis Higginson Cabot (nee Perkins), West Chester, Pennsylvania; by 1942, probably sold by Cabot to Edwards & Sons, Ltd., London; December 12, 1942, Edwards & Sons, Ltd., Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 342; by 1965, acquired by Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Friends of the Collection Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 216.5 cm, width 91.5 cm, case height 26.8 cm, height with stand 87.4 cm (Length 85 1/4 in., width 36 in., case height 10 9/16 in., height with stand 34 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.56

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Spinet

    1764
    Thomas Haxby (English, 1729–1796 English)

    Object Place: York, England

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1917, possibly acquired by Morris Steinert, Massachusetts; by 1917, by descent to his son, Alexander Steinert, Massachusetts; 1917, gift of Alexander Steinert to his wife, Lena Leviseur Steinert; before 1978, by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Samuel J. Newman, Beverly, Massachusetts; 1978, gift of Newman to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 14, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Samuel J. Newman in memory of Lena Leviseur Steinert

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 184.8 cm, width 68.6 cm, case height 20.8 cm, height with stand 84.3 cm (Length 72 3/4 in., width 27 in., case height 8 3/16 in., height with stand 33 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1978.199

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Chamber organ

    1750–75

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 108 cm, width 70.5 cm, depth 31.5 cm (Height 42 1/2 in., width 27 3/4 in., depth 12 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1940

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Square piano

    1770
    Johann Christoph Zumpe & Gabriel Gottlieb Buntebart (English, active about 1768–1778 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 126.6 cm, width 47.1 cm, case height 16.4 cm, height with stand 75.9 cm (Length 49 13/16 in., width 18 9/16 in., case height 6 7/16 in., height with stand 29 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1798

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Spinet

    1771
    John Harris (English, active about 1818–1827)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1960, sold by Frank Hubbard, Waltham, Massachusetts, to Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Friends of the Collection Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 198.6 cm, width 79 cm, case height 22.3 cm (Length 78 3/16 in., width 31 1/8 in., case height 8 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.58

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Harpsichord

    1772
    Shudi & Broadwood (English, about 1769–1790s English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Provenance

    1772, "Esq. Atkinson" of Newcastle, England (according to Broadwood's original records, dated November 24, 1772). Before 1946, Margaret Glyn (1853-1946), Ewell, Surrey; before 1959, sold by Margaret Glyn to Alec Hodsdon, Lavenham, Suffolk; 1959, sold by Alex Lavenham to Raymond Russell (1922-1964), Chelsea, London, England; 1959, sold by Raymond Russell to the University of Durham, England; 1968, sold by the University of Durham to Michael Thomas, London; 1969, sold by Michael Thomas to Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Friends of the Collection Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 246.2 cm, width 94.5 cm, case height 32 cm, height with stand 94 cm (Length 96 15/16 in., width 37 3/16 in., case height 12 5/8 in., height with stand 37 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.57

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Grand piano

    1783
    Johann Andreas Stein (German, 1728–1792 German)

    Object Place: Augsburg, Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1961, Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Gift of Landon T. Clay

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 211.1 cm, width 96 cm, case height 25 cm, height with legs 82 cm (Length 83 1/8 in., width 37 13/16 in., case height 9 13/16 in., height with legs 32 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.63

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Upright piano

    about 1790
    Robert Woffington (Irish, active 1773–1823)

    Object Place: Dublin, Ireland

    Description

    Provenance

    2005, gift of the New England Conservatory to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 2005)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 125.2 cm, width 91.7 cm, depth, 45.4 cm (Height 49 5/16 in., width 36 1/8 in., depth 17 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.211

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany, maple, satinwood, kingwood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Square piano

    early 1790s
    Attributed to James Henry Houston (English, active 1790–1799 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Provenance

    1894, accessioned as source unidentified to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1894)

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 153.7 cm, width 53.1 cm, case height 20 cm, height with stand 80.8 cm (Length 60 1/2 in., width 20 7/8 in., case height 7 7/8 in., height with stand 31 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    94.312

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Chamber organ

    1792
    John Avery (English, 1772–1807)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Music: Vivace from Voluntary No. 9 from Ten Voluntaries for the Organ (Op. 7) by John Stanley, 1754 (performed by Peter Sykes)

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 117 cm, width 100.5 cm, depth 54 cm (Height 46 1/16 in., width 39 9/16 in., depth 21 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1941

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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    Multimedia
    • audio

      MIAudio78.mp3

  • Clavichord

    1796
    Johann Christoph Georg Schiedmayer (German, 1740–1820)

    Object Place: Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany

    Description

    Music: Prelude in C major (BWV 846) by Johann Sebastian Bach, 1722 (performed by Peter Sykes)

    Provenance

    Before 1954, Lena Leviseur Steinert (Mrs. Alexander Steinert), likely brought to the United States by her father-in-law, Morris Steinert. It may be the instrument shown standing on its end in a wagon in the photograph titled "Schlafhäuser and his Horses," reproduced in Morris Steinert's autobiography (1900). About 1954, purchased by Arthur Mendel, Princeton, New Jersey; between 1954 and 1959, sold by Arthur Mendel to Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Gift of the George A. Ramlose Foundation

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 153.4 cm, width 47.9 cm, case height 13.5 cm (Length 60 3/8 in., width 18 7/8 in., case height 5 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.60

    Medium or Technique

    Oak

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Grand piano

    1796
    John Broadwood & Son (English, active 1795–1808)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Music: Grave from Sonata in C minor (Op. 13, “Pathétique”) by Ludwig van Beethoven, 1797-98 (performed by Peter Sykes)

    Provenance

    1796, commissioned of the maker by Manuel de Godoy, Prime Minister of Spain, 1792-1808. It is uncertain if he presented it as a gift to Queen Maria Luisa. The piano's whereabouts between 1808, when Godoy, Maria Luisa, and Carlos IV were deposed, and when it surfaced in Paris are uncertain. There is speculation that it came into the possession of Fernando VII, who was restored to the Spanish throne in 1814. Before 1912, sold by source unidentified, Paris, France (where the object's whereabouts can next be substantiated), to Robert William Hudson, London, England; June 1920, sold by Hudson through Frank Partridge (dealer) to William Hesketh Lever, a.k.a. the first Viscount of Leverhulme, London, England; February 1926, sold at auction of the Viscount Leverhulme Collection to George Cluett, New York; before 1979, by inheritance to his daughter, Florence Cluett Chambers, Sea Island, Georgia; by 1979, loaned by Cluett Chambers to Historic Deerfield, Inc., Deerfield, Massachusetts; 1985, gift of Cluett Chambers to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1986)

    Credit Line

    From the George Alfred Cluett Collection, given by Florence Cluett Chambers

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 248.7 cm, width 111.5 cm, case height 28.4 cm, height with legs 91.2 cm (Length 97 15/16 in., width 43 7/8 in., case height 11 3/16 in., height with legs 35 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1985.924

    Medium or Technique

    Satinwood, purpleheart, tulipwood

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Harpsichord

    1798
    Joseph Kirckman (English English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 250.9 cm, width 94.5 cm, case height 32, height with stand 94.7 cm (Length 98 3/4 in., width 37 3/16 in., case height 12 5/8 in., height with stand 37 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1794

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Clavichord

    1800
    Horns Erben & Mack (German German)

    Object Place: Dresden, Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 170.3 cm, width 50.8 cm, case height 19 cm, height with legs 76.2 cm (Length 67 1/16 in., width 20 in., case height 7 1/2 in., height with legs 30 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1797

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood

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  • Square piano

    about 1800
    Benjamin Crehore (American, 1765–1831 American)

    Object Place: Milton, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    By the 1940s, probably sold by an antiques dealer, New York, to Ruth P. Cunningham, Worcester, Massachusetts; before 1992, by inheritance to her daughter, Camilla Cunningham Blackman, Groton, Massachusetts; 1992, gift of Blackman to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 25, 1992)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Camilla Cunningham Blackman in memory of Lucy Clarendon Crehore

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 152.9 cm, width 56.7 cm, case height 23.7 cm, height with stand 85.4 cm (Length 60 3/16 in., width 22 5/16 in., case height 9 5/16 in., height with stand 33 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1992.95

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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    C. Kevin and G. Barrie Landry Gallery (Gallery 126)

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  • Grand piano

    1804
    John Broadwood & Son (English, active 1795–1808)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Provenance

    Donated by James H. Cannon of Beverly, Massachusetts. Cannon purchased the instrument in the early 1960s from Keyman's Antiques in New York. Several small fragments of paper were found between the blocks and the adjustment screws that control the height of the balance rail. Pieced together, the following inscription appears: "For/Lord Vis[count] Lo..." This might point to an early owner.

    Credit Line

    Gift of James H. Cannon

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 224 cm, width 105.1 cm, case height 28.7 cm, height with stand 90.5 cm (Length 88 3/16 in., width 41 3/8 in., case height 11 5/16 in., height with stand 35 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    67.1233

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Square piano

    about 1805
    Melchior Guante (German German)

    Object Place: Münster, Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1950, Emily B. Frazer, Columbus, Ohio. Family lore states that the piano was brought to the United States from Germany by Frazer's great-grandmother, to whom it had been a wedding present; about 1950-1955, sold by Emily B. Frazer to John Challis, New York; 1967, sold by John Challis to Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Gift of Frank and Ruth Yost

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 162.8 cm, width 55.1 cm, case height 15.8 cm, height with legs 73.6 cm (Length 64 1/8 in., width 21 11/16 in., case height 6 1/4 in., height with legs 29 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.62

    Medium or Technique

    Oak

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  • Square piano

    about 1805–10
    George Astor & Co. (English, 1752–1813 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Inscription

    On nameboard: New Patent / Astor & Compy / No, 79 Cornhill, London; on block to left of keywell: 2752

    Provenance

    Before 1963, sold by an old man in Portland, Maine, to Mrs. Thomas K. Niedringhaus (Meier's mother-in-law). Apparently, the man's father loaned a sum of money to a Frenchman in Montreal, taking the piano as collateral. The borrower was unable to repay the loan, forfeiting the piano. Niedringhaus loaned it to the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, from June 20, 1934 to August 11, 1942. By 1963, Clement R. D. Meier, Cooperstown, New York; 1963, gift of Meier to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 27, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Clement R.D. Meier in memory of his wife Dorothy Niedringhaus Meier

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 163.2 cm, width 58 cm, case height 21 cm, height with stand 81.2 cm (Length 64 1/14 in., width 22 13/16 in., case height 8 1/4 in., height with stand 31 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    63.3051

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Square piano

    about 1808–09
    John Geib & Son (American, founded about 1804 American)

    Object Place: New York City, New York, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1925, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Pitman, Vermont, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 2, 1925)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Pitman

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 165.9 cm, width 61.6 cm, case height 23.1 cm, height with stand 86.5 cm (Length 65 5/16 in., width 24 1/4 in., case height 9 1/8 in., height with stand 34 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    25.152

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Upright grand piano

    1814
    Clementi & Co. (English, active 1802–1831)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1931, Edward Jackson Holmes (1873-1950), Boston, Massachusetts; gift of Holmes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 11, 1941)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 224.5 cm, width 113.2 cm, depth 52.5 cm (Height 96 1/4 in., width 44 9/16 in., depth 20 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    41.920

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Orphica

    about 1815–25
    Joseph Klein (Austrian, 1813–1838 Austrian)

    Object Place: Vienna, Austria

    Description

    Provenance

    1921, gift of William Lindsey, Boston, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 3, 1921)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 129.4 cm, width 39 cm, case height 11.3 cm (Length 50 15/16 in., width 15 3/8 in., case height 4 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.14

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Grand piano

    about 1815
    Joachim Ehlers (Austrian, about 1812–about 1825 Austrian)

    Object Place: Vienna, Austria

    Description

    Provenance

    1964, sold by Bourbon Street Antique Shop to Stoddard Lincoln, New York; 1967 sold by Stoddard Lincoln to Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Gift of Leo L. and Phyllis K. Beranek

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 218.7 cm, width 113.8 cm, case height 29.6 cm, height with legs 84.3 cm (Length 86 1/8 in., width 44 13/16 in., case height 11 5/8 in., height with legs 33 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.162

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

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  • Workbox piano

    1820
    Johann Christian Friedrich Grüneberg (German, active in 1814–1832 German)

    Object Place: Halle an der Salle, Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60.5 cm, width 47 cm, case height 23.4 cm, height 84.3 cm (Length 23 13/16 in., width 18 1/2 in., case height 9 3/16 in., height 33 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1799

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    Mahogany

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  • Square piano

    probably 1826
    Alpheus Babcock (American, 1785–1842)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    On nameboard: MADE BY / A. Babcock, / for G. D. Mackay, / Boston.; stamped on the d1 key lever, stamped or written in pencil on various other parts: 120; in pencil on treble key frame: 15; in ink on side of c1 key lever: [Endicot (crossed out)] School, / [illegible, possibly Latin]

    Provenance

    Before 1971, apparently owned by an area school, possibly the Boston Latin School [evidenced by an inscription on the c1 key lever]. By 1971, sold by source unidentified to Edmund Baylies, Southport, Connecticut; 1971, gift of Baylies to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 27, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edmund Baylies

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 168 cm, width 65.5 cm, case height 24.2 cm, height 85.5 cm (Length 66 1/8 in., width 25 13/16 in., case height 9 1/2 in., height 33 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1971.1130

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Square piano

    1822–24
    Alpheus Babcock (American, 1785–1842)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Music: Trip to Nahant by James Hewitt, about 1811 (performed by Darcy Kuronen)

    Inscription

    Made by A. Babcock, / for R. Mackay, / Boston.; in pencil several times on key frames: M Clark; stamped on the d1 key lever, stamped or written in pencil on various other parts: 209; in ink on the back of nameboard: No 73 / O.D.; incised on d1 key lever I.N.; in pencil on wrest plank: Mr. / Cushing; in pencil on the soundboard: Geo Cushing; in pencil on underside of nameboard: Hattie L. Ladd

    Provenance

    Before 1942, Hattie L. Ladd [written on underside of nameboard]. By 1942, Herman Dudley Murphy (1867-1945), Lexington, Massachusetts; gift of Murphy to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 11, 1942)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Hermann Dudley Murphy in memory of Ellen Ladd Murphy

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 168 cm, width 65.4 cm, case height 23.8 cm, height 85 cm (Length 66 1/8 in., width 25 3/4 in., case height 9 3/8 in., height 33 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    42.412

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Grand piano

    about 1825

    Object Place: Austria

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1979, acquired from source unidentified, Graz, Austria, by Otmar Seeman, Vienna, Austria; 1979, sold by Seeman to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 10, 1982)

    Credit Line

    Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation, Inc.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 223.5 cm, width 116.5 cm, case height 27.5 cm, height with legs 83.3 cm (Length 88 in., width 45 7/8 in., case height 10 13/16 in., height with legs 32 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.178

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut

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  • Square piano

    1824–26
    John Osborne (American, 1791 or 1792–1835 American)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    By the 1830s, apparently owned by the Perkins School for the Blind, then located in South Boston, Massachusetts. By 1989, Mrs. Marion V. Donnelly, Rockville, Maryland; 1989, gift of Donnelly to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 1989)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph L. Braun, James E. Tucker, and Marion V. Donnelly

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 179.2 cm, width 67.2 cm, case height 24.3 cm, height with legs 80.5 cm (Length 70 9/16 in., width 26 7/16 in., case height 9 9/16 in., height with legs 31 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1989.127

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Organized piano

    about 1829
    Alpheus Babcock (American, 1785–1842)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    Engraved on brass plaque on nameboard: A. Babcock / Boston; stamped on d' keylever, keyframe, and under keyslip: 570: stamped at left end of keywell: 570 [with the numeral "5" stamped over a "4"]; decal in three places: H. W. BERRY / Kranich and Bach Pianos / And E. P. NEEDHAM & SONS / Silver Tongue Parlor Organs / Warerooms 915(?) Washington Street / BOSTON

    Provenance

    About 1988, sold by Charles Whittier, an antiques dealer, Bethlehem, New Hampshire, to Paul Knoke, III, Rochester, New York; 1993, sold by Knoke to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 17, 1993)

    Credit Line

    Mary L. Smith Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 178.8 cm, width 68.8 cm, piano case height 29.6 cm, height with organ base 98 cm (Length 70 3/8 in., width 27 1/16 in., piano case height 11 5/8 in., height with organ base 38 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1993.688

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood

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  • Square piano

    1830–35
    John Tallman (American, active 1825–1839 American)

    Object Place: New York City, New York, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1972, sold by a descendent of the maker to the Edgells; 1972, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Maurice Edgells and Stephen Edgell, III, Scituate, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 13, 1972)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Maurice Edgell and Stephen M. Edgell, III in loving memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kelty

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 170.6 cm, width 66.4 cm, case height 25.4 cm, height with legs 84.8 cm (Length 67 3/16 in., width 26 1/8 in., case height 10 in., height with legs 33 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1972.852

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood

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  • Lyraflügel

    about 1835
    Johann Christian Schleip (German, 1813–1848 German)

    Object Place: Berlin, Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    1917, gift of William Lindsey, Boston, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 1, 1917)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 208.3 cm, width 119.4 cm, depth 59 cm (Height 82 in., width 47 in., depth 23 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.3142

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Pianino

    1843
    Ignace Pleyel & Cie (French, born in 1807 French)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Provenance

    1971, gift of Edmund Baylies, Southport, Connecticut, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 27, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edmund Baylies

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 115.4 cm, width 119.3 cm, depth 60.2 cm (Length 45 7/16 in., width 46 15/16 in., depth 23 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1971.1131

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood

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  • Melodeon

    1847
    Prince & Co. (American, about 1833–about 1879 American)

    Object Place: Buffalo, New York, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1981, owned by donor's paternal grandmother, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; by 1981, by descent to her grandson, William C. Wise, Brookline, Massachusetts; 1981, gift of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Wise to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 1, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Wise

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 73.5 cm, width 35.1 cm, case height 13.5 cm, height with legs 71.5 cm (Length 28 15/16 in., width 13 13/16 in., case height 5 5/16 in., height with legs 28 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.436

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood

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  • Seraphine

    about 1850
    Packard Brothers (American, mid-19th century American)

    Object Place: North Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1939, sold by source unidentified to Mildred Lewis, Belmont, Massachusetts; 1968, sold by Lewis to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1968)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 77.6 cm, width 46 cm, case height 17.7 cm, height with legs 76.5 cm (Length 30 9/16 in., width 18 1/8 in., case height 6 15/16 in., height with legs 30 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    68.844

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood

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  • Square piano with Aeolian attachment

    1854
    Timothy Gilbert & Co. (1834–1865)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    Before early 1960s, sold by source unidentified to John Savery, South Carver, Massachusetts, or to William Savery, South Carver, Massachusetts; by descent to his daughter, Ethel Savery, South Carver, Massachusetts; by the early 1960s, gift of Ethel Savery to Mrs. Ernest Wakefield Shaw, South Carver, Massachusetts; 1980, gift of Shaw to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 18, 1980)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ernest Wakefield Shaw

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 185.2 cm, width 72.9 cm, case height 33.3 cm, height with legs 95.8 cm (Length 72 15/16 in., width 28 11/16 in., case height 13 1/8 in., height with legs 37 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1980.269

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood

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  • Grand piano

    probably 1859
    Hallet, Davis & Co. (American, founded in 1847 American)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1895, Oliver Ames (1831-1895), North Easton, Massachusetts, who was governor of the state from 1887-1890. 1927, by descent as a family heirloom to Anna A. Gilmore, North Easton, Massachusetts, on the occasion of her wedding; 1986, gift of Gilmore to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 26, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Anna G. Gilmore

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 205.8 cm, width 131 cm, case height 35.3 cm, height with legs 98.5 cm (Length 81 in., width 51 9/16 in., case height 13 7/8 in., height with legs 38 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.56

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood

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  • Melodeon

    about 1860
    Prescott Brothers (American, 1856–1870)

    Object Place: Concord, New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1978, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Wright, Dedham, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Wright

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 84.4 cm, width 42.4 cm, case height 16.3 cm, height with legs 73.5 cm (Length 33 1/4 in., width 16 11/16 in., case height 6 7/16 in., height with legs 28 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1978.489

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood

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  • Reed organ (Grand Salon model)

    about 1878

    Object Place: Brattleboro, Vermont

    Description

    Compass: FF-f3 (61 notes)

    Inscription

    Inscribed on nameboard: J. Estey & Co. Brattleboro, Vt. / printed label at back of case: J. ESTEY & COMPANY / MANUFACTURERS OF / THE ESTEY COTTAGE ORGAN / No. 100,009 / PATENTED …; stamped on back of case: J. H. HYDE

    Provenance

    Before 1980, Mrs. Rabin, Peterboro, New Hampshire; by 1990, sold by Rabin to Stephen Sanborn, Sunapee, New Hampshire; about 1990, sold by Sanborn to Laurence W. Leonard, Laconia, New Hampshire; 2006, sold by Leonard to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 20, 2006)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds by exchange from the Gift of Wolfe Wolfinsohn and the Gift of Frank H. Conant

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    Dimensions

    Height 200.6 cm, width 139.7 cm, depth 65 cm (Height 79 in., width 55 in., depth 25 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2006.1358

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut, rosewood

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    David and Stacey Goel Gallery (Gallery 239)

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  • Book harmonium

    about 1880
    Attributed to Alexandre et Fils (French French)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Provenance

    1921, gift of William Lindsey, Boston, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 3, 1921)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.3 cm, width 29.7 cm, case height 13.4 cm (Length 23 3/8 in., width 11 11/16 in., case height 5 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.13

    Medium or Technique

    Oak

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  • Chamber organ

    1885 or 1886
    Hilborne L. Roosevelt (1849–1886)

    Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1889, Trinity Church (Episcopal), Van Deusenville (near Great Barrington), Massachusetts, according to Trinity Church records from 1889, "the parishioners have, by subscription, purchased a new portable pipe organ (Roosevelt make)." By 1965, used-furniture dealer, Housatonic, Massachusetts; 1965, sold by used-furniture dealer to Mr. and Mrs. Lehman, New York; 1976, gift of the Lehmans to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1976)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Lehman

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 149.6 cm, width 147.1 cm, depth 73.8 cm (Height 58 7/8 in., width 57 15/16 in., depth 29 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1976.132

    Medium or Technique

    Cherry

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  • Clavicytherium (pastiche, after Praetorius, 1619)

    about 1895
    Leopoldo Franciolini (Italian, 1844–1920 Italian)

    Object Place: Florence, Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 111 cm, width 67.5 cm, depth 29.3 cm (Height 43 11/16 in., width 29 9/16 in., depth 11 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1795

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood

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  • Steinertone piano action

    about 1899
    Morris Steinert (American, 1831–1912 American)

    Object Place: New Haven, Connecticut, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1977, acquired from Alan Steinert, Jr. (the maker's great-grandson), by Gamelin and Davies (piano technicians), Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1977, acquired from Gamelin and Davies by Sylvia Kaneko, Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1982, gift of Kaneko to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 17, 1982)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Sylvia Y. Kaneko

    Details

    Accession Number

    1982.586

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Organ (Portative, after Renaissance type)

    late 19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 70.2 cm, width 63.8 cm, depth 34.7 cm (Height 27 5/8 in., width 25 1/8 in., depth 13 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1938

    Medium or Technique

    Oak

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  • Organ (hydraulis, after 1st-century Roman type)

    1900–04
    Francis William Galpin (English, 1858–1945)

    Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height with stand 202 cm, width 70.5 cm, depth 50.5 cm (Height with legs 79 1/2 in., width 27 3/4 in., depth 19 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1942

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Clavichord (after Christian Gotthelf Hoffman, 1784)

    1906
    Chickering & Sons, under the direction of Arnold Dolmetsch (American American)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    In ink on the hitch-pin plank: Made by Chickering & Sons / under the direction of / Arnold Dolmetsch / Boston USA / MCMVI / no. 7; in ink on nameboard: CHICKERING & SONS BOSTON VSA MCMVI No. 7; in pencil on inside of bottom: No 7; in ink? on side of FF key lever: I. Fuso

    Provenance

    Before 1920, Edward F. Searles (1841-1920), Methuen, Massachusetts; by 1920, by inheritance to B. Allen Rowland (1910-1991), New Castle, New Hampshire; 1981, gift of the estate of B. Allen Rowland, Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

    Credit Line

    The Edward F. Searles Musical Instrument Collection; Gift of Edward S. Rowland, Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., George B. Rowland, Daniel B. Rowland, Rodney D. Rowland and M.A. Swedlund in memory of their father, Benjamin Allen Rowland

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 172.2 cm, width 50.5 cm, case height 15.2 cm (Length 67 13/16 in., width 19 7/8 in., case height 6 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.753

    Medium or Technique

    Cherry

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Harpsichord (after 18th-century type)

    1906–07
    Chickering & Sons, under the direction of Arnold Dolmetsch (American American)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1920, Edward F. Searles (1841-1920), Methuen, Massachusetts; by 1920, by inheritance to B. Allen Rowland (1910-1991), New Castle, New Hampshire; 1981, gift of the estate of B. Allen Rowland, Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

    Credit Line

    The Edward F. Searles Musical Instrument Collection; Gift of Edward S. Rowland, Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., George B. Rowland, Daniel B. Rowland, Rodney D. Rowland and M.A. Swedlund in memory of their father, Benjamin Allen Rowland

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 238.6 cm, width 95.8 cm, case height 26.8 cm (Length 93 15/16 in., width 37 11/16 in., case height 10 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.752

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Organ (Portative, after Renaissance type)

    1966
    Derwood Crocker (American, born in 1939 American)

    Object Place: Binghamton, New York, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1966, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 23, 1985)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 65.4 cm, width 32 cm, depth 11.2 cm (Height 25 3/4 in., width 12 5/8 in., depth 4 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    66.1132

    Medium or Technique

    Pine

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Clavichord (after mid-16th-century Italian type)

    1974
    Edwin M. Ripin (American, 1930–1975 American)

    Object Place: Forest Hills, New York, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1974, Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Friends of the Collection Fund

    Copyright

    Edwin M. Ripin, 1974

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 128.4 cm, width 32.4 cm, case height 14.8 cm (Length 50 9/16 in., width 12 3/4 in., case height 5 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.61

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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