Made by Ferdinand Hofmann / Grand piano / ca. 1790Made by Ferdinand Hofmann
Grand piano
ca. 1790

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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 Start Date: 1780
Creation End Date: 1800
Creation Date: ca. 1790
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Chordophone without neck/struck
Classification Term: Piano
Materials and Techniques: Wood, various other materials
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

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.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1984.34
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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