FREDERICK HISTORIC PIANO COLLECTION
Erard, Paris, 1859
Erard, Paris, 1859, Serial Number 32218
The piano has a seven-octave compass, AAA to a4. It has two pedals, damper and una corda.
The composite iron frame consists of five bars, a plate, and an Erard harmonic bar.
The medallion on the lid advertises that Erard had won medals in two “Universal Expositions”; London, 1851 and Paris, 1855. The inscription on the medallion is as follows:
SEULE GRANDE MEDAILLE Council Medal A L’EXPOSITION UNIVLE DE LONDRES 1851
EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE 1855 MEDAILLE D’HONNEUR A ERARD
On the soundboard is the inscription, Par Brevet d’Invention Erard à Paris
This Erard was imported to Washington, DC from the Isle of Guernsey in 2006 by a descendant of the family which had owned the piano for at least three previous generations, possibly since it was purchased new. The Fredericks acquired the piano in March, 2016.
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