Smith & Co.. <em>Convertible Bed in Form of Upright Piano</em>, ca. 1885. Ebonized woods, metal, 55 1/2 x 54 3/4 x 27 in. (141 x 139.1 x 68.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Elinor Merrell, 86.176. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.176_threequarter_bw.jpg)

Convertible Bed in Form of Upright Piano

Artist:Smith & Co.

Medium: Ebonized woods, metal

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1885

Dimensions: 55 1/2 x 54 3/4 x 27 in. (141 x 139.1 x 68.6 cm)


Accession Number: 86.176

Image: 86.176_threequarter_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Convertible bed in form of upright piano. When closed: Rectangular case with paneled sides; front has paneled lower section with 2 pedals and on each side of case, s-scrolled brackets support sham keyboard. Above keyboard is central music rest of framed, fan-shaped fretwork, flanked by two panels of fretwork of palmettes and scrollwork. Lid hinges open and front of "piano" hinges at base to open to bed with mesh and wire support for mattress. CONDITION: Finish discolored and "whitish" throughout. Proper right lower support for scroll bracket is loose. Minor cracks and separation in flanking fretwork panels on front.

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