Organ secretaire “Beethoven”

    Organ secretaire “Beethoven”

    Austria-Hungary, Vienna


    Franz Egidius Arzt, Joseph Arzt

    Wood, metal, canvas, bronze, catgut, leather; carpentry, mechanical work, polishing, painting, casting, gilding

    191 x 108 x 61 cm

    Engraving on the mounting plate: “Egittus Arzt in Winn”. Handwritten in black ink inscriptions on the pinned barrel flat end: “Battaglia”, “da cambiarsi”, “di vittoria-”, “di Beethofen-”, “colla Preghiera a Dio p il Re”, red pencil written stylized symbol “6”


    The Vienna Empire style organ secretaire in rectangular wooden case, ash wood and blackened wood veneered, with bevelled vertical ribs, arched attic, on four pyramidal stands, with movable supports. Decorative black wooden lattice with arrows-beams and gilded bronze onlays, closed with dark green silk from the inner side, is of the attic front side. A pullout drawer with two handles in the form of fancy sea creatures is beneath the attic. A lock with mascaron-shaped onlay, surrounded by arrows-beams is in the center. The secretaire bottom part with two doors and rim locks is separated by the gilded foliage ornamental stripe from the central section with a hinged table. The lock is on the right door only.

    Two drawers with handles are mounted in the bottom part. A drawer imitation panel with two handles is above them. The organ bellow with receiver is behind the panel. The hinged table with lock and key closes the central section with the organ’s movement. The table inner side is covered with leather with golden embossment along the perimeter and in the center. A frame with edging and four arches is above the table. Romantic images of the seasons are painted in the arches. Two shelves are above the frame: the upper one is divided into three compartments. The central niche of the bottom shelf is framed with black Ionic columns with the base and the capital of gilded bronze. Two compartments with three drawers in each are mounted in the sides. All inner drawers and shelves are made from fruitwood and are carefully finished. The crank is fixed on the right bottom drawer, it puts in motion the movement, bellows and pinned barrel with pins and bridges. The inscriptions in Italian indicate that the arrangement of the Beethoven's “di Beethofen” under the title “Battaglia” (Battle) “di vittoria” (at Vittoria) is encoded on the barrel and the pray ''God save the king” was added (“colla Preghiera a Dio p il Re”) . Part of the inscription was crossed out, and the postscript “da cambiarsi” (to change) is made by somebody else. The barrel carriage locking device is on barrel left side, the drive mechanism with rotation stabilizer and a device for the barrel spiral movement, the inscription on the movement mounting plate: “Egittus Arzt in Winn” is on the right side. The pinned barrel makes six turns in a spiral in four minutes in such a way that the musical piece separate parts are changing without a pause. Key frame with forty-four keys, according to the number of the main tones, and two supporting rollers is mounted above the pinned barrel. The organ consists of 87 wooden pipes assembled in four registers. The doors that are veneered similar to the front side, with locks and gilded bronze cast onlays, are on organ secretaire lateral sides. The rear side top part is covered with yellow fabric. The bottom part is blind. Musical media: pinned barrel.