On View: Decorative Art, 19th Century, 4th Floor
Although the large and arresting gilt-bronze mounts of pharaonic heads that decorate either side of this superb pianoforte are emphatic examples of Egyptomania, other decorative elements are derived from different ancient cultures. For example, the central bronze plaque depicts a woman in classical garb spinning wool—the ancient Greek allegorical representation of Fate. The long marquetry panels of various inlaid woods on either side depict ancient Roman bronze oil lamps. This eclectic combination of artistic sources is typical of late nineteenth-century objects and was considered a sign of erudition on the part of the designer and the consumer who purchased the object.
57 x 80 x 30 in. (144.8 x 203.2 x 76.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Ray Blatt and Joseph Blatt
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Martins & Son. Pianoforte, ca. 1870. Rosewood, walnut, 57 x 80 x 30 in. (144.8 x 203.2 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Ray Blatt and Joseph Blatt, 61.231. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.231_acetate_bw.jpg)
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