Müller Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made by Lorenz Heinrich Müller in Bremen, Germany, around 1810. Müller appears as a piano maker in Bremen directories from 1804-1822. From 1823 to 1830, his widow handled a firm that rented pianos. It is believed that this is the only surviving piano by Müller. This piano is serial number 83 and has a compass of FF-c4, Viennese action, leather hammers, single-string first octave, the rest are double-strings, with tuning pins on the right, 2 knee levers: “piano” stop and dampers, wood frame, and a wood case.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
date made
1782-1788
maker
Muller, Lorenz Heinrich
Place Made
Deutschland: Bremen, Bremen
ID Number
MI*315656
catalog number
315656
accession number
58488
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
Pianos
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Pianos
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

3/5/2015 4:45:46 PM
Prof. Dr. Heiko Hansjosten
Thank you for this information and the photo of your instrument! In our private collection of antique keyboards we have the "sister" instrument of this square piano: No. 85. The instrument seems to be the same pattern, the outside decoration with the geometrical inlays is very similiar with a few differences (builder's nameplate in brass, front keyplates in red stained maple instead of ivory, keyhole with ornament). So, at least two instruments of L. H. Muller survived. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Kind regards, Heiko Hansjosten.
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