Antiques - Miscellaneous / Other Objects
Reference: Z0780

Melody piano Brevettato Racca. Bologna, Italy, towards the end of the 19th century.
Melodic piano with horizontal wooden soundboard finished in black with metal wheels and two covers on the top. The front has an inscription regarding its manufacture, accompanied by a plaque (Antonio Escobar / Madrid). The melodic Piano was designed and patented by Giovanni Racca (Monasterolo di Savigliano, Cuneo, Italy, 1832-Bologna 1902), the only one to make it. Unlike cylindrical music boxes and other similar devices, he used cardboard plates with holes for music, allowing a very broad repertoire. This detail, along with the beautiful lines of the instrument and the quality of its manufacture were the main responsible for the success of the instrument, very popular from the late nineteenth century until around 1925. Although there were about 10,000 instruments, few have survived, and even less in good condition. You can find similar examples to the present in museums such as the Piano Club Melodigo G. Racca in Cesena (Italy), the Fondazione Carisbo has seven melodic pianos of Racca, etc."

· Size: 87x140x97 cms.

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