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Piano - Giraffe piano
  • Giraffe piano
    Van der Does, Corneille Charles Emmanuel
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Giraffe piano

  • Object:

    Piano

  • Place of origin:

    Amsterdam (made)

  • Date:

    1815-1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Van der Does, Corneille Charles Emmanuel (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Case of mahogany, pinewood, oak and satinwood, partly solid, partly veneered; carved and gilt Corinthian column and lion monopodes

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir William Quiller Orchardson RA

  • Museum number:

    461:1, 2-1907

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This instrument was made in about 1820 by Corneille Van der Does (1769 - 1827), a piano-maker from Amsterdam. Owing to the shape of its case, this type of piano was known as a 'giraffe piano'. Like pianos being made in Vienna from about 1800, this example is fitted with a number of pedals, which, when depressed, could activate special musical effects such as drums and bells. It was used in popular arrangements of martial music. This instrument was the property of Sir William Quiller Orchardson R.A. (1832 - 1910), an eminent Scottish painter, who included it in two of his pictures.

Place of Origin

Amsterdam (made)

Date

1815-1820 (made)

Artist/maker

Van der Does, Corneille Charles Emmanuel (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Case of mahogany, pinewood, oak and satinwood, partly solid, partly veneered; carved and gilt Corinthian column and lion monopodes

Marks and inscriptions

Van der Does/ Amsterdam
1) Decoration 2) Makers's mark; Gothic; Nameboard; Painting; Van der Does; about 1820

Dimensions

Height: 214.5 cm, Width: 146.2 cm, Depth: 69.4 cm

Descriptive line

to Piano, 5 old

Dutch, 1820-25, C.C.E. Van der Does

Materials

Mahogany; Pine; Oak; Satinwood

Techniques

Carving; Gilding; Veneering; Joining

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Musical instruments

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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