1830 Nunns & Clark Federal Style Forte Piano


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Shortly after being delivered to the client's home, this Piano was shown in a January 2009 Metropolitan Home magazine feature article.

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In a loftlike apartment in Washington, D.C., designer Darryl Carter juxtaposed the old and the new, the rough-hewn with the refined


This piano is a fine example of an early American square grand from the Federal period. It was made by Nunns & Clark about 1830.  The company was established in 1823 in New York City, the year Chickering (America's first piano company) was established.  According to piano historian Edwin Goode (2001), "Nunns and Clark had the reputation for being among the best builders in New York, both for musical quality and for cabinetry."

Nunns & Clark were among the first piano builders to incorporate cast iron frames to manage the string tension.  This piano was beautifully constructed and still has respectable integrity as a musical instrument. It was recently added to our inventory in pristine, original condition. We have never seen a piano of this period in such perfect condition. The case follows the simple design of Federal period furniture, yet has stunning crotch mahogany on the case and rosewood above the keys. The original finish is very clean and the ivory key tops are in  perfect condition. The key fronts are natural wood, with scalloped carvings. All the original parts are intact including the strings, action parts, and metal name plate over the keys. This piano received a very careful, museum quality restoration, retaining the original parts.







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