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Piano and Piano Bench, 1900

George A. Reid
Canadian, 1860 - 1947
stained and waxed oak upright piano cabinet with four oil paintings on wood, with stained and waxed oak stool
piano: 145.6 x 159.5 x 72.3 cm; stool: 53.2 x 105.5 x 29.7 cm
Purchased 1989
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30050.1-2)

Piano made by Reid Brothers Manufacturing Company, Toronto
In 1900 Reid exhibited this piano in the first exhibition of applied art organized by the Ontario Society of Artists of which he was President. The piano’s stained and waxed oak and plain construction were much admired by commentators at the time. The painted decorations on the themes of music and nature enhance the connections between the arts.

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