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A group surrounds a harpsichord playing instruments

Many members of the royal family were talented musicians

Erard

Grand Piano c.1848

Tulipwood, gilt bronze, porcelain, steel | 97.7 x 143.0 x 247.0 cm | RCIN 41322

Drawing Room, Osborne House

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This piano was displayed in Erard’s Paris exhibition of 1849. The accompanying catalogue states that Prince Albert designed the case himself. The tulip-veneered case is mounted with porcelain plaques painted with floral borders. The sides have nine Berlin porcelain plaques after Old Master paintings, mounted in gilt bronze.