Rolfe c. 1810

Evidently William Rolfe and his sons favoured the most elaborate of the beautiful flower paintings, the version with sweet peas, Turk's cap lilies, blue auriculas, Rosa centifolia, and morning glory.  This is a fine example, complemented by intact frets and good ivories.  

This handsome piano has a stand with six turned and reeded legs and three drawers for music.  The pedal is present.

The charming twin music desks are a characteristic feature of Rolfe pianos; they are mounted on the green-painted resonance board which is decorated with gold flowers.

The hammers were neatly re-covered at some time in the past.  There are a few missing strings, but most are intact.

Soundboard and bridge look good.

The wrestplank has been reinforced.  Although not authentic, this addition does its job, as the owner assures us that the tuning is stable.

This piano is in New Malden, Surrey.  The price is £1,800 o.n.o.  Please contact John Hollingbery


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