Broadwood grand piano designed by T G Jackson
Inlaid with scrolling foliage and flowers, inlaid pelta shields inscribed with 6 musical part-scores. Keyboard has inlaid sharps and turned arcading
STUNNING, ARTCASE BROADWOOD GRAND PIANO WITH MARQUETRY
"The pièce de resistance was a Broadwood grand pianoforte, with a case designed by Jackson in 1890 and inlaid by C. H. Bessant with satinwood, ebony, tortoiseshell and mother of pearl".
A stunning, Broadwood grand piano with an intricately inlaid case. Designed by T G Jackson and inlaid by C H Bessant Faber. Made for Athelstan Riley's Music Gallery at 2 Kensington Court London in 1892. Inlaid with scrolling foliage, inlaid pelta shields inscribed with 6 musical part-scores by JS Bach, Thos Augustine Arne, GF Handel, O Gibbons, W Byrde and H Purcell. Stand is american walnut with triplet pillars and carved scrolls. Keyboard has turned arcading. Sharps inlaid with ebony. Framework is signed by John Broadwood.
The Pièce de Resistance
In "The Recollections of T.G. Jackson, 1835 to 1924", there is a description of the interior decoration of the house, this Broadwood piano is mentioned;"...But the pièce de resistance was a Broadwood grand pianoforte, with a case designed by Jackson in 1890 and inlaid by C. H. Bessant with satinwood, ebony, tortoiseshell and mother of pearl. This stood in the drawing-room and remains in the possession of the Riley family."
- Serial Number: 42364
- Age: 1891
- Size [cm]: length: 254 width: 140
There is a description of No 2 Kensington court in "In a Survey of London: Volume 42: Kensington Square to Earl's Court: Hermione Hobhouse 1986": "This the most striking house to be built at Kesington Court, was designed by T. G. Jackson and raised in 1883-4. The constractor was Albert Estcourt of Gloucester, who built widely for Jackson at this time, and Robert Edwards was clerk of works. It is Jackson's only London town house. The client was John Athelstan Laurie Riley (1858-1945), a twenty-five year old bachelor at the time of building."
Inlaid Name on Fall
On the fall of this Broadwood, the maker's name is intricately inlaid with scrolling leaves and the date of maufacture
This Broadwood grand piano is covered with intricate inlay around the entire cabinet. Here scrolling acanthus and hibiscus flowers in mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and a variety of woods.
Large, ornate brass hinges secure the piano lid. The stamped hinges continue the themes of foliage and flowers found in the cabinet inlay.
Inlaid Pelta Shield
The cabinet of this exquisite Broadwood features finely, inlaid pelta shields inscribed with 6 musical part-scores by JS Bach, Thos Augustine Arne, GF Handel, O Gibbons, W Byrde and H Purcell. Here we see Preludium By JS Bach. The pelta shield almost appears three dimensional at its scrolling ends.
Detail of this hibiscus flower illustrates the variety of veneers used. Here the tortoiseshell glows in the centre of the flower. The mother of pearl shines and highlights petals and tendrils. The wood veneer has been etched for finer detail.
The entire cabinet of this Broadwood grand piano is intricately inlaid. The complete design on the piano lid can be seen here with flowing, sinuous foliage and flowers with large brass hinges. This piano is quite the showstopper.
Piano Music Desk Detail
These inlaid poppies appear on the piano's music desk. They are inlaid with etched wood with a tortoiseshell centre.
Drawing of 2 Kensington Court
Athelstan Riley's Music Gallery, 2 Kensington Court.
Photo Credit: http://www.british-history.ac.uk
Broadwood Piano Keyboard
This Broadwood grand piano features an ornate keyboard with inlaid sharps and turned arcading on the ivories
Detail of foliage fine inlay in wood and mother of pearl accents.
Piano Keyhole Escutcheon
This ornate keyhole escutcheon continues themes of scrolling foliage and bears the initials "A R" Athelstan Riley.
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