A rare Regency rosewood, calamander banded and brass inlaid glassichord by Chappell of Bond Street
Lot 484Y
A rare Regency rosewood, calamander banded and brass inlaid glassichord
by Chappell of Bond Street
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 4,000) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare Regency rosewood, calamander banded and brass inlaid glassichord by Chappell of Bond Street
A rare Regency rosewood, calamander banded and brass inlaid glassichord
by Chappell of Bond Street
the rectangular hinged lid enclosing a hinged ratcheted lyre support and sliding ebony and ivory keyboard, on a lyre shaped support and quadripartite downswept legs with hairy brass cappings and castors, labelled Chappell, No.50 New Bond Street, London, 59cm wide, 60cm deep, 78cm high (23in wide, 23.5in deep, 30.5in high).

Footnotes

  • A Glassichord is a small keyboard instrument whose sound is produced by the action of hammers striking tuned glass bars. It is believed to have been invented by a Parisian physician named Beyer c.1785 who approached Benjamin Franklin with an idea for constructing a kind of glass xylophone using a piano action, www.antiquitymusic.com.

    A similar Regency glassichord to the offered lot, also made by Chappell & Co. and dated c.1815, forms part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection in New York, Accession Number 1971.188, www.metmuseum.org. In both examples, the keyboard instrument is housed inside the drawer of a small table making it convenient for all manner of social and familial domestic occasions.
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