Rectangular piano - ROM2009_10911_14


Rectangular piano

Maker: Piano movement by Frederick Beck (German, active in London 1771-1798), piano case attributed to Christopher Fuhrlohg (Swedish 1737-1800, active in London c. 1767-1787)
Medium:Pine case with veneers of satinwood, amaranth and other woods, gilt-bronze mounts, ivory and ebony keys
Geography: London, England
Date: 1777
89 x 140 x 54.5 cm
Object number: 2002.23.1
Credit Line: Gift of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust; purchased by the Royal Ontario Museum with the assistance of a grant approved by the Minister of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Achetées avec l'aide d'une subvention approuvée par la Ministre du Patrimoine canadien en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
On view
Gallery Location:Samuel European Galleries
DescriptionThe movement of this piano was made by German-born instrument-maker Frederick Beck. The case is attributed to Swedish cabinet-maker Christopher Fuhrlohg. Before coming to London about 1767, Fuhrlohg had trained in Paris during the first flowering of the Neoclassical style. The shape of this piano and its gilt bronze mounts are evidence of Fuhrlohg's Paris training; the scroll-work inlay is English in its interpretation. Furhlohg is renowned for fine pictorial marquetry like the circular panel veneered on the front of the piano. It depicts one of the muses associated with lyric poetry, dance and music.
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