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S & P Erard

Grand piano 1856

Gilded, painted and varnished mahogany, satinwood and pine with brass and gilt bronze mounts | 95.7 x 142.2 x 243.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2426

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For Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the piano was the centre of music-making at home. Together they played arrangements of overtures and symphonies, and accompanied each other in song. This spectacular instrument combines a bright and clear sound with decorations specifically chosen by the Queen, in the style of eighteenth-century singerie decorations. Supplied to Queen Victoria in 1856 No. 146