Piano Data

CEP- 8691
Maker Broadwood, John & Sons   
Case Type Square     Date 1842

Maker/Marks/Origin

Attributed

Notes about Attribution

Marks
• "John Broadwood & Sons / Manufacturers to her Majesty / Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square / London"

Where made
UK/England/London


Serial Number

Serial Number (numeric only)
54792
Serial Number Comments


Keyboard

Compass
FF-f4
Octaves
6 oct.
Naturals
Ivory
Sharps
Ebony
3-Octave Measure
489 mm

Ownership History

Present Owner
Australia/NSW/Sydney: Carey Beebe
Catalog Number

Present Location
Australia/NSW/Sydney: Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney Living Museums (on long-term loan)
Provenance (beginning with the earliest known owner)
• Australia/NSW/Camden: family of NSW Surveyor-General John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (1842-1982)
• Australia/NSW/Woollahra: W. F. Bradshaw (1982)
• Australia/NSW/Denham Court: Dr. Keith Okey (1983-2017)
• Australia/NSW/Sydney: Carey Beebe (purchased from widow of Dr. Keith Okey, 2017)


Case/Dimensions

Case
Solid mahogany case; solid mahogany lid and lid flaps with egg-and-dart molding; rosewood nameboard, fretwork panels backed with old crimson silk; 4 turned legs, brass casters; original turned pedal column
Length
1636 mm (1600 mm net)
Width
717 mm (688 mm net)
Case Height
275 mm
Overall Height
840 mm

Strings/Scale

Strings
FF-D# single-strung overspun, E-f4 double-strung iron (no brass strings); original tuning pins; black enameled hitchpin plate and brace
Scale / Strike Point
305 mm
Mechanical Description

Action
English double action, wire-mounted dampers
Hand Stops
None
Knee Levers
None
Pedals
1 attached to column: dampers

Notes

References (see Bibliography for full citations of published sources)
• Beebe, Carey. "The Oxley Piano," _Unlocked_ (Sydney: Sydney Living Museums, Winter 2019).
• Broadwood Archives (Foreign Ledger P 1834, p. 61)
• Broadwood Archives (Number book ref. 2185/JB/42/234)
• Broadwood Archives (Porters book ref. 2185/JB/42/34)
• Carey Beebe Harpsichords, Original Instrument Report, accessed 2021-07-20, https://hpschd.nu/cln/broadwood-1842.html
• "IMPORTS," _Australasian Chronicle_ (Sydney: July 22, 1843), 3

Notes
• Beebe (2021): Broadwood’s most inexpensive piano, the “School-room pianoforte” model. An unusually well-preserved instrument, significant for its unquestionable provenance with an important colonial Australian family.
Contributors
Tom Winter 2021-07-19

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