Queen Victoria’s Personal John Broadwood Grand Piano
This John Broadwood grand piano, serial number 22,204, is a particularly fine example of a model 13B boudoir grand in a rosewood case with turned and carved legs, a decorative lyre, scrolled music desk and solid brass fittings throughout.This John Broadwood grand piano, serial number 22,204, is a particularly fine example of a model 13B boudoir grand in a rosewood case with turned and carved legs, a decorative lyre, scrolled music desk and solid brass fittings throughout.
In the late nineteenth century John Broadwood & Sons was the leading piano maker in Britain and was hugely influential in worldwide piano design and innovation. For Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, the company delivered this instrument to Buckingham Palace on 11th November 1887 for the Queen’s personal use. The Queen was to use it for the next five years – the period that Abdul Karim was in her service.
The history of this fine piece does not end with royal connections: it holds a place in wider musical history too. The romantic pianist Eugenie Schumann, daughter of Robert and Clara Schumann and their acclaimed biographer, and Marie Fillunger, a renowned international soprano, hired the same instrument for two of their London concert seasons from the 13th September 1892.
Sherwood Phoenix sympathetically restored the piano for the current owners almost a decade ago and it has been used regularly ever since. It is only now that they have instructed us to sell it on their behalf.
The piano is housed at our Nottinghamshire Showroom on public display and will be sold by way of auction in May 2018.
Please watch the demonstration video of the Schumann piece Traumerei, performed by Philippa Steel.
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