We currently have in our showroom this intricately decorated grand by John Brinsmead and Sons.
John Brinsmead was a member of the National Academy of France, a chevalier of the Legion D'Honour and a Knight of the Portuguese Royal Order.
Brinsmead supplied pianos not only to Queen Victoria and King Edward VII but also the kings of Italy, Sweden, Bavaria and Portugal, The Shah of Persia and The Pope. A decorated grand was given to Queen Mary as a wedding present in 1893.
Brinsmead pianos were used exclusively by P&O liners due to their resistance to changing climate.
High quality decorated pianos like this are very scarce and would have been hugely expensive in their day. It would be nice to know in which stately pile this piano began it's long life.