Seuffert Upright Piano

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Description (Brief)
This upright piano was made by Martin Seuffert in Vienna, Austria around 1812, It is a grand piano standing on its head, with the right side of the case following the usual shape of a grand. The scroll at the top reminded people of a giraffe, and the word became a technical term for this type of piano. This is a style that was favored in Germany and Austria. All of Seuffert’s known extant pianos are giraffes. This piano has a compass of FF-f4, hanging Viennese action, leather hammers, double-strings FF-d#, triple-strings e-f4, 2 pedals: dampers and keyboard shift, wood frame, and wood case with a silk front panel and a decorated lower panel.
Currently not on view
date made
Seuffert, Martin
Place Made
Österreich: Wien, Vienna
Physical Description
leather (hammers: material)
wood (frame: material)
silked (case: material)
overall: 90 in x 47 in x 25 in; 228.6 cm x 119.38 cm x 63.5 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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Data Source
National Museum of American History