Decorative Arts - 3 of 11
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Sir Edward John Poynter
Steinway & Sons
Pianoforte and Pair of Stools
100.5 cm high, 261.9 cm long,147.7 cm wide
The Grand Piano and Pair of Stools stood as the centerpiece of the music room in the home of Henry G. Marquand (1819-1902), founder and second president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Marquand's New York City mansion, designed by noted architect Richard Morris Hunt (1827-95), was lavishly decorated in a range of historical styles to complement Marquand's vast and eclectic collection of art.
The piano reflects the classical style of the music room in which Marquand displayed his collection of Greek vases and Roman sculpture. The piano and stools received great public acclaim when they were exhibited in London in the showroom of their decorator Johnstone, Norman & Co., cabinetmakers and upholsterers to Queen Victoria and Edward, Prince of Wales.