A Late Georgian English Barrel Piano

The Christie’s auction catalogue for their sale on December 18th 1986 included lot 107, described as “A weight-driven barrel piano in upright ebony-strung mahogany case with fretted cloth panel and six eight-air barrels in wood cases – 67 inches high, circa 1840”. We managed to secure the lot and have since been trying to establish its provenance and find out more about it……..

A little research revealed that the same instrument features in Siegfried Wendel’s little book “The Mechanical Music Cabinet”, published 1984. The illustration is the same as that used by Christie’s.

From Issue 2 (Autumn 2015) of Mechanical Music World. To read this article in full become a member and receive a copy. Full details on “Membership” page.