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Semi-cylindrical soundbox of hardwood. Soundboard of spruce with grain oriented horizontally and later white paint. Circular eyelets of ivory at string holes. Pedalbox of gilded walnut (?) with two griffins and anthemia fronds. Four reeded feet. Fluted pillar with gilded anthemia fronds at base,...

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Engraved on action plate: PAR BREVET D'INVENTION / ERARD FRERES / Facteurs de Forté Piano & de harpes du Roi / de Ses Menus Plaisirs & de la Cour Imperiale de Russie / Rue du Mail, No 13, & 21, à Paris; stamped on action plate: No 584; incised on inside of access hatch: IIII


1932, gift of Charles Hitchcock Tyler, Boston, Massachusetts, to the MFA (Accession Date: September 1, 1932; Deaccession Date: April 24, 2013)

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler


Object Place

Paris, France


Height 165.4 cm, width 84.3 cm, depth 43 cm (Height 65 1/8 in., width 33 3/16 in., depth 16 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones