1870 John Broadwood & Sons Semi Grand Concert Piano
John Broadwood & Sons (1870-1876) Semi Grand Concert Piano in good condition.
The beautiful rosewood with gloss finish creates a choice instrument to include the embellishments of hand carved pieces. All exceptional components meticulously fit together to create a showpiece instrument. This exotic and rare antique instrument is magnificent in the world of antique grand pianos from England.
History of the Manufacturer
BROADWOOD & SONS, LTD., JOHN, Est. 1728. Last located at, 154 Clapham Park Rd., London SW4 7DE, England. John Broadwood worked in Shudi’s shop, John married Shudi’s daughter, the name changed to Shudi & Broadwood. In 1795 John’s son James entered the company and the name changed to Broadwood & Son. In 1808 the name became John Broadwood & Sons. The last square piano was made in 1866 the serial number is 64161 and the last Cabinet was made in 1854 the serial number is 8962. John Broadwood & Sons, Ltd. still own the company and pianos are built under license by Whelpdale, Maxwell & Codd Ltd. Whelpdale, Maxwell & Codd Ltd. entered into receivership and the company was liquidated in April of 2003.
These pianos were produced from about 1870 until about 1876. This was the era that the design of the piano was being perfected by manufactures. These instruments came in a variety of lavishly carved cabinets made of beautiful and exotic woods. These instruments were built in an era of superb craftsmanship overall. Pianos built in England during the 19th and early 20th centuries were some of the most unique and charming instruments ever built. After a piano reached about 7'4' in length, it was generally considered to be a concert grand because of its enormous size and volume. The Victorian grand piano is amazingly similar to today's modern instrument in many ways. Most of the patents and designs developed for piano manufacturing were perfected in the 19th century and are still being widely used today!
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