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Piano - Euphonicon Piano

Euphonicon Piano

  • Object:

    Piano

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Steward, John Dr (inventor)
    Abel & Sons (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron frame, with imitation rosewood graining, rosewood carcase case and fretwork

  • Museum number:

    342:1, 2-1874

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

As the production of pianos became more industrialized in England during the 1830s, piano designers and manufacturers looked for novel ways to capture the market. Among these designers was Dr John Steward of Wolverhampton, who patented the Euphonicon in 1841. This unorthodox form of upright piano was fitted with violin-type sound boxes, and had its strings attached to a harp-shaped frame. Steward's ideas had little lasting influence on piano design, although Florence Nightingale is said to have played such an instrument.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1840 (made)

Artist/maker

Steward, John Dr (inventor)
Abel & Sons (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Cast iron frame, with imitation rosewood graining, rosewood carcase case and fretwork

Marks and inscriptions

Abel & Sons - Musical Repository - Parade Northampton
Retailer's identification; English; Nameboard; Inlaid

101 - W.H.N.
Retailer's identification; Inside the arms of the case on each side.

Dimensions

Height: 196.7 cm, Width: 136.2 cm, Depth: 12.5 cm

Materials

Cast Iron; Rosewood

Techniques

Joining; Graining; Piercing

Categories

Musical instruments

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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