French, 19th century
The flowering of the French piano industry in the middle decades of the last century following the technical breakthrough of Érard's méchanisme à double échappement is closely associated with the rise of the Romantic school of pianism. The revolutionary advances in piano technique to be seen in the works of Chopin and Liszt took full advantage of the contemporary French pianos with repetition actions and metal-reinforced frames.
By Érard et Compagnie, Paris 1881. Compass: 7 octaves and 1 note: AA to a''''. Inscription on fallboard: "Erard" Length: 210cm; width:134cm; depth of case 34cm. Octave span: 16.7cm. Scale: c'' = 33.2cm. Repetition action.Straight strung. Composite frame of iron bars. Two pedals: the left shifts the action to the right (una corda); the right lowers the dampers. (The action of this instrument employs a system of dampers beneath the strings.)
Gift of Dr. Howard M. Schott, '44
Accession No. 4998.1994