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  • Square piano, 1853
    Robert Nunns and John Clark
    New York City
    Various materials; 2 pedals, 7 octaves (AAA–a4), serial number 8054; L. of case (perpendicular to keyboard) 46 1/2 in. (118 cm); W. of case (parallel to keyboard) 87 7/8 in. (223.3 cm)
    Marked: Thompson, Joseph Gassin, D. Perrin
    Gift of George Lowther, 1906 (06.1312)

    Although most pianos have always had relatively plain exteriors, this enormous instrument is elaborately carved and, according to Laurence Libin, may have been exhibited at New York's Crystal Palace in 1853. By this date, square pianos had fallen out of fashion in Europe, replaced in the home by the upright, but the square remained in use in the United States until the 1880s.

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  • Square piano, 1853
    Robert Nunns and John Clark
    New York City
    Various materials; 2 pedals, 7 octaves (AAA-a4), serial number 8054; L. of case (perpendicular to keyboard) 46 1/2 in. (118 cm); W. of case (parallel to keyboard) 87 7/8 in. (223.3 cm)
    Marked: Thompson, Joseph Gassin, D. Perrin
    Gift of George Lowther, 1906 (06.1312)

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