Pleyel, Wolff & Cie Upright Piano

Description (Brief)
This upright piano was made by Pleyel, Wolff & Cie in Paris, France around 1857-1858. Ignaz Pleyel was an Austrian pianist and composer and pupil of Franz Josef Haydn. In the early 19th century, he went to Paris, and began manufacturing pianos there in 1807 at the age of 50. His son Camille joined him in 1821. At Camille’s death, the company went to Auguste Wolff, his son-in-law, and had the name Pleyel, Wolff et Cie. This piano is serial number 25468, and has a compass of AAA-a5, an upright double escapement action, felt (?) hammers, AAA-EE is single-strung, FF-f is double-strung, f3-a5 is triple-strung, 2 pedals: keyboard shift and dampers, a wood frame with two iron tension bars, straight-strung and oblique, and an ornate faux tortoise-shell case with brass inlays (Boulle style) and two candle sconces.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Pleyel, Wolff & Co.
Physical Description
felt (?) (hammers: material)
wood, iron (frame: material)
faux tortoise-shell, brass (case: material)
overall: 125 cm x 132.4 cm x 61.5 cm; 49 3/16 in x 52 1/8 in x 24 3/16 in
Place Made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
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catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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