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How big do you think this piano is? The picture is a little deceiving, but this is actually a hand painted Bespaq (doll house) piano. Even more impressive considering how tiny these details are.

Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1785 – 1849) was a German pianist, composer, piano teacher and piano manufacturer who spent most of his life in England and France. Before the advent of Frédéric Chopin, Sigismond Thalberg and Franz Liszt, Kalkbrenner was by many considered to be the foremost pianist in France and England, even Europe. Kalkbrenner was a prolific composer of a multitude of piano works (altogether more than 200), piano concertos, and even operas.

The oldest surviving piano at The Metropolitan Museum. This picture shows the hammer action created by Bartolomeo Cristofori the builder of this instrument and inventor of the piano.

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