Square piano

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


Object Place: London, England

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

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

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