Boudoir grand piano
Steinway and Sons
Musical instruments, devices and recordings
Dalbergia nigra, Metal, Rosewood [dalbergia nigra]
970 mm (H)1460 mm (W)1840 mm (Length)Order this image
Greenway, Devon (Accredited Museum)
Agatha Christie brought this piano to Greenway. She was a trained concert pianist but rarely played in public. She preferred to play for herself or when her husband or family were around. When she was 17 she composed a waltz called ‘One Hour With Thee’. The boudoir grand piano, also called a parlour grand piano, was a popular choice for home use in the 19th and early 20th centuries for those who could afford it. Although smaller than a concert grand piano, the boudoir piano produces a rich and balanced tone.
Boudoir grand piano by Steinway and Sons, circa 1900, no.63300 in a faded rosewood case on reeded turned legs.
Introduced to the Property by Agatha Christie Mallowan. Inventory taken just before the house was requisitioned by the American Navy 1942
Makers and roles
Steinway and Sons, maker