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A GEORGE III IVORY-MOUNTED, HOLLY-BANDED MAHOGANY GRAND PIANO WITH IVORY AND EBONY KEY-COVERS

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A GEORGE III IVORY-MOUNTED, HOLLY-BANDED MAHOGANY GRAND PIANO WITH IVORY AND EBONY KEY-COVERS

BY MATTHEW AND WILLIAM STODART, CIRCA 1785-1795

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A GEORGE III IVORY-MOUNTED, HOLLY-BANDED MAHOGANY GRAND PIANO WITH IVORY AND EBONY KEY-COVERS BY MATTHEW AND WILLIAM STODART, CIRCA 1785-1795 The panel-inlaid case on a trestle stand, the two pedals are fitted as shaped extensions of the front legs, one lifts the dampers, the other operates the una corda (soft pedal), a due corde stop, of the early swivel-type, now lacking, which would have been surface mounted on the right hand key end block, fitted with a Backers-type English grand piano action, the facia incribed 'Mattaeus et Gulielmus Stodart Londini Fecerunt, Wardour Street, Soho' 35½ in. (90 cm.) high; 88½ in. (225 cm.) wide; 38¼ in. (97 cm.) deep Compass: 5 octaves, FF-f''' chromatic; ivory naturals, ebony accidentals; triple-strung throughout
Provenance
Possibly Harry Rixson, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, where acquired on 26 March 1934, as an 'Old English Harpsichord, Mahogany Case' (£20).
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We are grateful to Mimi S. Waitzman, Deputy Keeper of Musical Instruments, The Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, for her assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.

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