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Entering the Abell Gallery Piano by Manuel Antunes, Lisbon, 1767 Grand piano by Louis Bas, Villeneuve les Avignon, 1781 Miniature virginal by Franciscus Vaninus, Bologna, 1672 Church organ by Christian Dieffenbach, Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1808 Church organ by Christian Dieffenbach, Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1808 Church organ by Christian Dieffenbach, Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1808 Grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, ca. 1815 Grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, ca. 1815 Grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, ca. 1815 Grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, ca. 1815 Upright grand piano by Clementi and Co., London, ca. 1818 Chamber organ by David Dutton, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, about 1850 Lyraflugel by Johann Christian Schleip, Berlin, ca. 1825 Cottage piano by John Broadwood and Sons, Manufacturers to her Majesty, Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square, London, ca. 1842 Square piano by Juan del Marmol, Seville, 1788 Square piano by Johannes Broadwood, Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square, London, 1791 Small grand piano by Davison and Redpath, London, 1789

European and American keyboard instruments from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries are displayed in the Abell Gallery, including the earliest surviving piano by a Portuguese maker (Manuel Antunes, Lisbon, 1767) and the earliest French grand piano (Louis Bas, Villeneuve les Avignon, 1781), both with Cristofori-style actions. A pipe organ by Christian Dieffenbach (Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1808) dominates the north wall, in contrast to a miniature virginal (Franciscus Vaninus, Bologna, 1672) on display in the center of the gallery.


View from the back of the Abell Gallery Clavichord by Johann Paul Kraemer and Sons, Gottingen, 1804 Clavichord, Sweden, ca. 1770 Clavichord, Sweden, ca. 1770 Grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, ca. 1815 Grand piano by Louis Bas, Villeneuve les Avignon, 1781 Grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, ca. 1815Tangentenflugel by Frantz Jakob Spath & Christoph Friedrich Schmahl, Regensburg, 178[4]. Tangentenflugel by Frantz Jakob Spath & Christoph Friedrich Schmahl, Regensburg, 178[4]Grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, ca. 1815Grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, ca. 1815 Square piano by Johannes Broadwood, Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square, London, 1791 Small grand piano by Davison and Redpath, London, 1789 Small grand piano by Davison and Redpath, London, 1789 Small grand piano by Davison and Redpath, London, 1789 Square piano by Johannes Zumpe and Gabriel Buntebart, Princes' Street, Hanover Square, London, 1776 Square piano by Johannes Zumpe and Gabriel Buntebart, Princes' Street, Hanover Square, London, 1776 Grand piano by Louis Bas, Villeneuve les Avignon, 1781 Miniature virginal by Franciscus Vaninus, Bologna, 1672

View from back of the Abell Gallery, looking toward the lobby.


Pianos and organs in the Abell Gallery Tangentenflugel by Frantz Jakob Spath & Christoph Friedrich Schmahl, Regensburg, 178[4] Piano by Manuel Antunes, Lisbon, 1767 Piano by Manuel Antunes, Lisbon, 1767 Miniature virginal by Franciscus Vaninus, Bologna, 1672 Grand piano by Louis Bas, Villeneuve les Avignon, 1781 Grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, ca. 1815 Grand piano by Anton Martin Thym, Vienna, ca. 1815 Church organ by Christian Dieffenbach, Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1808 Church organ by Christian Dieffenbach, Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1808 Chest organ by Johannes Jacob Hannss, northern Germany, ca. 1620 Upright grand piano by Clementi and Co., London, ca. 1818 Chamber organ by David Dutton, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, about 1850 Grand piano by Louis Bas, Villeneuve les Avignon, 1781 Clavichord by Johann Paul Kraemer and Sons, Gottingen, 1804

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