Cabinet features heraldic imagery from the Campbell Clan alongside Neo-classical motifs
The Breadalbane, 1869, Collard and Collard grand piano with an ornately carved, walnut case. Cabinet features heraldic imagery from the Campbell Clan alongside Neo-classical motifs. This piano was commissioned by the 6th Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, in May 1868, as a gift for his daughter Lady Eva Campbell, to celebrate J A G Campbell's accession to the title in 1862.
It took two years to craft the incredible carvings that adorn the case. Exploring the ornatley carved features, there are three sets of his children's initials, a boar's head which makes up part of the coat-of-arms of the Campbell Clan of Breadalbane, A pierced heart with an arrow which is part of the coat of arms of Campbell of Glenfalloch, Bog myrtle, the plant badge of the clan is also represented. The lyre features two griffins guarding a central urn. Cherubs playing musical instruments sit in high relief amidst coats-of-arms. Rearing stags flank another coat-of-arms topped with a crown. The carved detail around the entire cabinet is simply stunning.
Crest: On a boar's head erased fessways erased Or, armed Argent, langued Gules
Motto: Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for Forget Not)
Plant Badge: Bog Myrtle
In 1868 the piano cost £2000 to make, half of which accounted for the carvings alone. The instrument is in original condition. It is no longer possible to tune it fully up to pitch as in its present condition, the sound board is too weak.
Scottish Clans: The story behind Clan Campbell
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