Muzio Clementi in London ca.1805
Born in Rome on 24 January 1752, died in England Westminster Abbey on 10 March 1832)
He was a famous composer in his time and the story of his competition with Mozart for
the emperor is very well known. He had the firm of fortepiano making which belonged
to Longmann & Brodering before their ecconomical problems about 1800 that Clementi took
the firm in London and ran the business till his dead. Then it was taken by Collard &
Collard for the next decades.
In England painting on the wood was only in this amazingly
beautiful style and extremely rare. Most English pianos focus
only on the natural beauty of the wood but rarely they also
imitated paintings like it was very common in Italy but very
much in their own way.
This piano is painted from all sides, left and right and even
back. So it shows that already in those years, square pianos
were becoming concert (internal concerts in bigger rooms
of patrons for instance, of course no big hall yet!) so their
backside was also veneered or painted and decorated whereas
the older pianos before had almost no veneer on the backside
or the grands had were also left simple in their left side.
As usual, this English piano also has the typical double
English action, 5 and half octaves (FF-c'''') and a pedal for
Square piano Tafelklavier Piano carré