Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Crehore Piano at auction this week

This is interesting.There are a few bass viols and a piano made by Benjamin Crehore, an ancestor of mine, in The Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Up for auction this week is another piano that was part of the Boston Library collection (detail shown above). Partial description:
Federal Mahogany Inlaid Benjamin Crehore Piano, Milton, Massachusetts, c. 1800, ht. 34 3/4, wd. 84, dp. 23 in. Note: Benjamin Crehore (1754-1831) was born in Milton, Massachusetts, and was the first instrument maker in New England to build pianos. Lot 381
Previews all week at Skinner Skinner, 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA
Auction time: March 7, 2010 11 AM Auction #2494
News for antique instrument lovers in NYC: The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments reopened yesterday at Metropolitan Museum after an eight-month hiatus. Showcasing more than 230 works of art. LINK
A daylong exploration of early music on Saturday, March 13, 2010—
Early Music Exposed—at the Metropolitan Museum will celebrate the reopening of the galleries.


Sugarpie said...

How exciting to hear about your musical heritage, you sure came by your talents honestly!
All the items on display are beautifully made, he must have been an immensely popular woodcrafter as well as musician.
The detail above would make such an interesting blog header - really pretty vintage detail and craftmanship.

Amy Crehore said...

He also made wooden legs! I like the decoration above also...wonder if he painted it himself.

Sugarpie said...

Wooden legs too? A man of many talents for sure. Orthopedics is a very difficult profession.