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Grand pianoforte

Irregular shaped grand piano decorated with walnut veneer and inlaid brass foliate bands. Supported on triangular pillar with incurved sides which rests on triangular base supported on castors concealed by patinated bronze shell and acanthus mounts. Inscriptions; on soundboard: I.H.R.Mott.A.D.1817; above keyboard: Patent Sostenente Grand / IHR Mott,I.C.Mott & Comp : / 95 Pall Mall London / Makers to His Majesty. On 1 February 1817 Isaac Mott took out a patent for a grand piano incoprorating various structural improvements of his invention, the Sostenente Grand Patent. Since this instrument is dated 1817, it must be one of the first which Mott produces by virtue of his patent. However this patented movement is no longer in the piano and it is possible that it was never there, and that the label on the piano simply serves to advertise Mott's new invention, without the instrument actually incorporating it.

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    Mott, Isaac
    Mott, Robert
    Mott, Henry
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    Royal Collection Trust
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  • Place of production:
    London (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Materials:walnut (wood), brass, bronze; veneered, patinated
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  • Repository:Royal Collection Trust
  • Measurements:91.4 x 245.8 x 118.1 cm (whole object)