A beautifully decorated instrument is fully representative of his genius as a craftsman and artist and of the high artistic standards of his Hamburg.

The wooden keybars are alternately plain and carved with a wavy, serpentine, upper surface. The naturals are faced with ivory and the accidentals are chequered ivory and ebony in a chevron pattern.


Taphouse, Oxford before1885; on loan to the Bate Collection since 1981.

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

Faculty of Music, St Aldate's, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1DB
01865 276139

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