Thomas Chippendale Cased, George Pyke Organ (George III) 1772. Offers invited in the region of:
An important George III Organ by George Pyke (Clockmaker & Organ Builder to King George III) in it’s original Thomas Chippendale Case.
This spectacular sounding organ was built in 1772 and enjoys 32 keys serving 5 stops. The diapason and flute ranks by 64 wooden pipes. The principal, twelfth and fifteenth serving 96 all metal pipes making a total of 160 ranging from 6.5-22.75 inches.
One barrel is pinned with 12 single tunes and the second with 6 spirally pinned tunes.
The musical programme comprising of subtle minuets, lively dance and hymns, including Adeste Fideles, all of which are exceptionally well arranged, and are listed on the original maker’s labels, which remain intact. As does the date of 1772 found on the wind chest.
Unbelievably after almost 250 years, the original bellows remain intact and supply the chambers with ample wind.
The whole organ is contained in a fine glazed mahogany bureau bookcase style cabinet. The quality, style, and construction along with circumstantial evidence linking both organ builder and cabinet maker, dictates the piece is almost certainly from the workshop of Thomas Chippendale,
The piece measures 95″ high,(241cm) x 41″ wide(104cm) and 26″(66cm) deep.
George Pyke was the appointed Royal organ builder and clockmaker to George III.
A magnificent, unique and exceptionally original piece. Blessed with an exceptional patina.
The only example known in private hands, and one for the most discerning collector.