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Work Table Piano

  • Work Table Piano
  • Work Table Piano
  • Work Table Piano
  • Work Table Piano
  • Work Table Piano
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
The maker of this piano is unknown, but it is thought to have been made in Germany or Austria in the 1840s. This is a small square piano contained in a work table, which has receptacles in the top of the case for sewing implements. Such multi-purpose instruments illustrate the importance of the piano to the training of women in the 19th century. The piano has a compass of F-f3, Viennese action, white leather on wood core hammers, iron strings, single- and double-strung, wood frame, and a rosewood case.
Location
Currently not on view
Currently not on view
Credit Line
Gift of H. Richard Piet in memory of Harry R. Piet, Jr.
Measurements
overall: 31 3/4 in x 30 1/2 in x 18 in; 80.645 cm x 77.47 cm x 45.72 cm
Object Type
piano