Upright Piano by Dreaper's of Liverpool. Exhibition quality, Louis XV style tulipwood case with rosewood cross-banding, the upper half with three scrolled reserves of pleated green silk separated by dividers pierced with arabesques; three oval floral ceramic plaques on lid and one on each end (cf. 1195637.1-5); elaborate ormolu mounts including two term figures as consoles to keyboard; a pair of single-branch sconces.
Acquired c.1860 by Richard Watt V (1835-65); Adelaide Watt (1857-1921); Trustees of the Speke Estate, 1921-1928; Liverpool Museum, Rushworth and Dreaper Collection of Musical Instruments, 1928-2010; transferred to the National Trust, 2010
Marks and inscriptions
Nameplate above keyboard: BY THEIR MAJESTIES' ROYAL LETTERS PATENT FOR ENGLAND & FRANCE, DREAPER'S COMPENSATING BARS and HARMONIC CHAMBERS, AGENTS IN LONDON AND PARIS, AND AT THE PATENTEE'S, 56, BOLD STREET, LIVERPOOL.