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An important and rare Rococo-style gilt bronze and Vernis-Martin decorated grand piano Paris, circa 1891, the art-case by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener or François Linke, the bronze designed by Léon Messagé - The Erard musical instrument numbered 73440 and inscribed Par Brevet d'Invention, Seb. & Pre Erard, 13 & 21, rue du Mail, Paris, the keyboard made of ivory and ebony. The four seated putti are not original to the initial design and are later replacements.

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Chickering, 1862, Boston. In 1840, Jonas Chickering patented his design for the first full cast iron frame to withstand the tension of the strings of a grand piano. Variants of this pattern were eventually adopted by piano manufacturers everywhere; all modern grand pianos are reinforced by cast frames. The decoration of the 1862 Chickering piano in the Frederick Collection, an eight-foot five-inch concert grand with a single-piece cast frame, is comparatively modest – although not so austere…

Antique Piano..Though a bit fuzzy, this is perhaps one of the most ornate, beautifully preserved pianos I have ever seen. Gorgeous.