Unique, Intricately Inlaid Broadwood Grand Piano
A stunning, Broadwood grand piano with an intricately inlaid case. Designed by T G Jackson and inlaid by C H Bessant Faber. Made for Athelstan Riley's Music Gallery at 2 Kensington Court London in 1892. Cabinet inlaid with scrolling foliage, inlaid pelter shields inscribed with 6 musical part-scores by JS Bach, Thos Augustine Arne, GF Handel, O Gibbons, W Byrde and H Purcell. Inlay also features flowers of Mother of Pearl and Tortoiseshell. Stand is american walnut with triplet pillars and carved scrolls. Keyboard has thick ivory fronts with turned arcading. Sharps inlaid with ebony and ivory. Framework is signed by John Broadwood. Eighty-five note keyboard. Two-piece ivory keyboard. This piano is a true one off, an example of the finest craftmanship, a show stopper!
Price is £190,000GBP at current exchange rates.
There is a description of No 2 Kensington court in "In a Survey of London: Volume 42: Kensington Square to Earl's Court: Hermione Hobhouse 1986":
"This the most striking house to be built at Kesington Court, was designed by T. G. Jackson and raised in 1883-4. The constractor was Albert Estcourt of Gloucester, who built widely for Jackson at this time, and Robert Edwards was clerk of works. It is Jackson's only London town house. The client was John Athelstan Laurie Riley (1858-1945), a twenty-five year old bachelor at the time of building."
No 2 Kensington Court
In "The Recollections of T.G. Jackson, 1835 to 1924", there is a description of the interior decoration of No 2 Kensington Court and this Broadwood piano is mentioned;"...But the pièce de resistance was a Broadwood grand pianoforte, with a case designed by Jackson in 1890 and inlaid by C. H. Bessant with satinwood, ebony, tortoiseshell and mother of pearl. This stood in the drawing-room and remains in the possession of the Riley family."
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John Broadwood & Sons LTD was established in 1728 in London, UK.
This piano is currently in the UK and for sale via Besbrode Pianos Leeds.
Besbrode Pianos Leeds is a specialist piano dealer and wholesaler occupying four floors of a Victorian mill in Leeds, UK.
Our extensive showrooms occupy three premises including four floors of a Victorian mill on the edge of Leeds city centre. This makes us one of the UK's largest retailers.
We permanently display more than 250 new and pre-owned pianos from leading brands with
an entire floor dedicated to the Steinway family of pianos. This impressive inventory offers pianists an
unrivalled opportunity to play and compare pianos side by side. We are experts in packing and shipping and have been selling pianos individually and by wholesale across the globe for the last thirty years.
Besbrode Pianos is an authorised agent for Steinway & Sons and offers the full range of Steinway, Boston and Essex pianos for retail.
For last six years Besbrode Pianos has been official partner to the Leeds International Piano Competition, providing pianos for the competitor's rehearsals. This year, alongside the competition we held an artcased piano exhibition showcasing a range of unique, pianos of cultural and historical interest. Our showrooms were featured in the BBC footage of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012.
This piano featured in our 'Golden Age of Pianos Exhibition' that ran alongside the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012. To view an archive of this exhibition, visit:
BBC Footage: A brief history of the pianoforte - Leeds International Piano Competition 2012 filmed at Besbrode Pianos Leeds