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Thanks so much for the photograph of the Orpheus piano. Just beautiful.I had found the delightful sketch of Georgiana a couple of months ago and posted about it (the second entry in the link below). The first entry shows what is described as a "modest instrument" (though, of course it is wonderful) now at the V&A that I think is the one Georgiana is shown playing?http://gather-ye-rosebuds-while-ye-may.blogspot.com/search/label/Burne-Jones%20Family%20pianoI believe the piano in a showcase at the middle back of this photo from the V&A Museum is that piano? -http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/furniture/galleries/40a/index.html(or am I wrong about this)I recently read that the gallery of musical instruments at the V&A may sadly close next month ...http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23795043-music-is-the-loser-in-this-v-and-a-gallery-shake-up.doThanks again, it was lovely to see the photograph.
Thanks Cathy.I've been to that room but not for some years and according to a note on a Christie's auction catalogue it is in a private collection:http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=2067827Really enjoyed your comment.
I guess I'm just not sure the Orpheus piano and the one Georgiana is shown playing in the drawing are the same ones. :) The title 'The Orpheus Piano' .... is followed with the note below the drawing, "with a sketch of Georgina playing it". I'm not sure she's playing the Orpheus piano ... her's seems to be an upright. :) Like the one in the back showcase here ...http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/furniture/galleries/40a/Oh well ... :) All the best.
Thanks Cathy,I wondered exactly that about the piano she is playing but according to 'Burne-Jones' by Christopher Wood it is the same. But I wondered if he decorated more than one family piano - more than likely. I know one of their pianos was given to them as a wedding present and the Orpheus was designed by BJ which sounds separate.
Yes, the catalogue notes for the drawing mention the wedding present: "The piano she plays in our drawing is reminiscent of the small upright, made by Priestly of Berners Street in unpolished American walnut, which was given to her as a wedding present and decorated by Burne-Jones. The instrument is now in the Victoria & Albert Museum."http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=4860506&sid=708dfeaa-a79e-406f-b4a8-6fe916f7013bThey don't have a photograph of the piano at the V&A website that I could find ...http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O58869/piano/But, this is included ...http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/furniture/musical_instruments/objects/object.php?action=go&id=48&id2=0&hits=&page=&pages=&object_type=&country=&start_year=0&end_year=1960&object=piano&artist=... in the 'Musical Instruments from the Collections' section -http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/furniture/musical_instruments/objects/index.php?action=go&hits=&page=&pages=&object_type=&country=&start_year=0&end_year=1960&object=piano&artist=&maker=There is another detail included here ...http://gather-ye-rosebuds-while-ye-may.blogspot.com/2009/11/burne-jones-family-piano.htmlPerhaps the drawing is a fanciful rendition of the upright at the V&A, as the decorations are different. :)-----------ArtMagick shared on their Facebook page about another Burne-Jones piano at the V&A that was commissioned by Alexander Ionides ... http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=272072841146#/photo.php?pid=3162865&id=110191582050Lovely!(thanks for 'listening' ... take care) :)
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