Detail View: The AMICA Library: Grand Piano

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.1984.34
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Name: 
Hoffmann, Ferdinand
Creator Role: 
Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 
1756-1829
Creator Name-CRT: 
Made by Ferdinand Hofmann
Title: 
Grand Piano
Title Type: 
Object name
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
ca. 1790
Creation Start Date: 
1780
Creation End Date: 
1800
Materials and Techniques: 
Wood, various other materials
Classification Term: 
Chordophone without neck/struck
Classification Term: 
Piano
Dimensions: 
L. 82 7/8 in. (210.5 cm); W. 37 1/2 in. (95.3 cm); 3-octave span 18 7/8 in. (48 cm); FF 64 1/4 in. (163.3 cm); c2 29.0; f3 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
1984.34
Credit Line: 
Gift of Geraldine C. Herzfeld in memory of her husband, Monroe Eliot Hemmerdinger, 1984
Rights: 
Context: 

This beautifully preserved cherry-wood piano, which retains the maker's fragile wax seal on a label inside, was built by Ferdinand Hofmann, a leading member of Vienna's civic keyboard-maker's association. He became its president in 1806 and won a court appointment. The striking, almost architectural decor of this instrument typifies the maker's early work. Knee levers lift the dampers and a knob over the nameplate operates a mute, or moderator. The five-octave range was customary in Mozart's day.

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