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John Kearsing & Son Forte Piano , c. 1810
An interesting and historical instrument.
John Kearsing & Son Forte Piano, c. 1810, 5 1/2 octave keyboard, made in New York, oil varnish and French polish finish, Brazilian rosewood veneer case, spruce soundboard.
John Kearsing, with sons Thomas, William, George, and John Jr., came to New York City around 1804. Original listings for the company report the name as "J. Kearsing & Sons" for the years 1804-09. The shop they established for the manufacture of pianos was listed as the largest factory of its kind in NYC prior to 1830. The address of 279 Bowery, as shown on the name plate of this instrument, is on record for the years of 1807-1816. An extant Kearsing & Sons square piano (pianoforte) similar to this one is currently in the Smithsonian Institute (catalogue No. 315, 693).
Many thanks to Nancy Groce for the research and information provided in her book "Musical Instrument Makers of New York - A Directory of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Urban Craftsmen", published by Pendragon Press (1991).
Original action is basically intact. Several splits in spruce soundboard. In need of restoration and repair to missing key tops. Overall Very Good Condition.
Item # 1608
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