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11 Apr 1856
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A Victorian rosewood cased square piano on tapered octagonal legs by John Broadwood & Sons, London, 1856, No. 62734. One foot pedal missing.
Purchased with the family collection of Abbey contents in situ from Mrs Petronella Burnett-Brown December 2009 Information from Dr Alastair Laurence of John Broadwood and Sons Ltd, summarised: Square piano no. 62,734 was finished 11th April 1856. It left on the 19th April and was purchased by a Mr Russell of Oxford who appears to have been Broadwood’s agent. He paid a wholesale price of £49 – the full retail price is listed as 65 guineas. It was dispatched, via the GWR from Paddington, in a wooden case labelled ‘Charles Barrett Esq, Wallingford, Berks’ so the presumption is that Barrett was Russell’s customer. It is described as a number 8 square pianoforte French Rosewood c to a. (‘French’ is thought to refer to the style of casework with the raised panels at the front corners.) The Lacock instrument is identical to the so-called ‘Albert’ square, no. 63,459 of 1858, in Richard Burnett’s collection at Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, which was hired to Queen Victoria from 1866 until her death in 1901.
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