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Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 639

Steinway & Sons 1880 Model A Grand Piano, w/ Stool & Music Cabinet, Ebony Finish

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000
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1st item: Steinway Model A grand piano, Serial #42591 indicating production in the year 1880. Satin ebonized finish with "ice cream cone" legs. Cast iron plate marked STEINWAY & SONS, REGISTERED OCTOBER 31 1876, JULY 9, 1878, ORNAMENTAL DESIGN PAT NOV 9 1875 TUBULAR METALLIC ACTION FRAME, PAT AUG 18 1868 & AUG 10 1869, STEINWAY FOUNDRY COMPOSITE METAL CASTING. 2nd item: The piano is accompanied by an Aesthetic Movement tufted upholstered swivel bench with ebonized finish. 3rd item: Aesthetic movement music cabinet with plain top having a carved gallery, pull down incised door enclosing a shelved interior above one drawer and a lower open base with storage compartments. Piano measures: 38 3/4" H x 55" W x 72" L. Bench measures: 21" H x 14" W x 18" D. Cabinet measures: 46" H x 20" W x 13 1/4" D. Piano professionally restored by Gist in 2004 and includes a detailed report of restorations performed. Note: This piano has 85 keys versus the more modern arrangement of 88 keys. Provenance: From the collection of Patsey Field Harney Madden, a direct descendent of the founding families of Richmond and Madison County in Kentucky, including the families Estill, Miller, Field, Hume, and Burnham. On Patsey's mother's side was Captain James Estill, an original settler of Fort Boonesborough along with Daniel Boone. She was also a direct descendant of Colonel John Miller, who was originally from Richmond, VA and a Revolutionary War veteran. During the late 1700s, he donated the land where present day Richmond, Kentucky is now seated, and began his family. The Millers and Estill families were eventually joined in marriage. The items from this collection descended in the family, and resided in the historic Miller Manor in Richmond, KY. It was constructed in 1862 by Robert Miller, grandson of Col. John Miller and great-great-grandfather to Patsey.


Piano: Professionally restored by Gist in 2004, a detailed report of restorations performed is included. Some repairs include: Pin block was replaced with a new pin block, repinned and restrung. Major cracks in soundboard were patched. Bridges are patched, and bridge pins appear secure. New dampers, hammers and felts were added. Some minor cracking in sound board. The first few bass pins are not as tight as the rest of the piano which is expected of a piano this age. The remaining pins are tight and seem to hold well. Some regulation is needed and a few minor adjustments to action and dampers are needed. Scattered normal use wear noted to finish. Stool: Overall very good condition, the underside of the top possibly rebuilt, newer upholstery. Stand: Losses to back of gallery and minor losses to feet, overall wear including some abrasions to finish.

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