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Erard, Paris, 1859

1859 Erard in the Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos

1859 Erard in the Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos

1859 Erard in the Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos

1859 Erard in the Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos


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 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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