Model D Pianoforte and Stools

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When the elaborate case of this Steinway piano was displayed in London in 1885, the press called it “splendid,” “remarkable,” and “superb.” Alma-Tadema designed it as the centerpiece of a “Greco-Roman” music room in the Manhattan mansion of financier Henry Marquand. With its lavish materials and decorative flourishes—including the names of Apollo and the Muses inlaid on the lid—it remains one of the grandest grand pianos ever made.

Designed by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

British, born Netherlands, 1836–1912

Manufactured by Johnstone, Norman & Co., London Instrument and case by Steinway & Sons, New York Fallboard painted by Sir Edward John Poynter, (English, 1836 - 1919)

Model D Pianoforte and Stools

1884–87

Oak, cherry, ebony, boxwood, satinwood, cedar, holly, ivory, coral, mother-of-pearl, abalone, copper, brass, silver, parchment, and modern upholstery

Overall piano: 40 3/16 x 104 3/4 x 59 13/16 in. (102.1 x 266.1 x 151.9 cm) Larger Poynter painting: 6 3/8 × 46 5/16 in. (16.2 × 117.6 cm) Smaller Poynter painting: 6 3/8 × 2 in. (16.2 × 5.1 cm) Stools each: 21 × 22 3/4 × 17 3/4 in. (53.3 × 57.8 × 45.1 cm)


Acquired by the Clark, 1997

1997.8


ON VIEW