Lauterer Grand Piano

Description (Brief)
This grand piano was made by Franz Lauterer in Vienna, Austria in the 1820s. Only two of his pianos, both Empire style grands from the 1820s, are known to be extant, one at the Smithsonian and the other at the Bachaus in Eisenach, Germany. This piano has a compass of FF-g4, Viennese action, without back checks, leather hammers, brass and iron strings, triple-strung, 5 pedals: bassoon, moderator, Janissary bell, dampers, and Janissary drum (stops missing), wood frame with two iron tension bars (not original), straight-strung, and a walnut (?) veneer case in the Empire style with a rounded cheek.
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Object Name
date made
Lauterer, Franz
Physical Description
leather (hammers: material)
brass and iron (strings: material)
wood (frame: material)
walnut (case: material)
Place Made
Österreich: Wien, Vienna
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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