Aeolian Company designs in collections, at auction, and in exhibitions

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Above, cropped view of Aeolian Company advertisement in Vogue in February 1917. For more information, see the entry on the parallel Aeolian Company design catalogues and historical information webpage.


"The Aeolian Company, founded in 1887 as the Aeolian Organ & Music Company, was a manufacturer of player organs and pianos. The manufacture of residence or "chamber" organs to provide entertainment in the mansions of millionaires was an extremely profitable undertaking, and Aeolian virtually cornered the market in this trade..."

"Before 1930 as many as thirty-eight Aeolian organs were installed in houses on Fifth Avenue’s millionaire’s row." — Descriptive text accompanying installed Aeolian Pipe Organ and Console (1915-17), Reynolda House Museum of Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (See below.)


"... The Aeolian Co., manufacturers of self-playing musical instruments and music, was organized in 1887 with a capital stock of $225,000. Their factory is located on Tremont street, corner of Cambridge [in Meriden, Connecticut], and a large force of hands are daily employed... " [Excerpt from Davis book (c. 1897), p. 928. See Aeolian Company design catalogues and historical information page for entry in compilation.]



A. Aeolian Company (1887-1932 focus) musical instruments in collections


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1880s

c. 1887-1896 - organette

Aeolian Organ & Music Co. (c. 1887-1896). Organette. Wood, brass. (Artifact no. 1979.0074.001. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00254).


1890s

1890-1910 - Aeolian Orchestrelle

Aeolian Company. (1890-1910). Aeolian Orchestrelle, player reed organ (stamped "7099"). [Object no. 2006/151/28. Viewed 29 April 2020. J00279(b)].

1897 - pianola

Aeolian Company. (1897). Pianola model piano player. (Accession no. 69233. Viewed 29 April 2020. J00281).


1900s

c. 1900-05 - pianola

Aeolian Company. (c. 1900-05). Pianola. (Artifact no. 1971.0371.001. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00248).

c. 1901 - pianola

(Attributed Edwin Votey for) Aeolian Company. (c. 1901). Pianola piano player (with patent list). (Accession no. 57301. Viewed 5 July 2020. J00486).

c. 1903 - piano player

Aeolian Company. (c. 1903). Piano player (serial no. 44385). [Object no. 2006/151/10. Viewed 29 April 2020. J00276(b)].

c. 1903 - piano player and 25 player rolls

Aeolian Company. (c. 1903). "Metro-Style" pedal-operated "push-up" piano player. [Object no. H7494. Viewed 29 April 2020. J00278(b)].

1903-06 - Aeolian pianola

Aeolian Company. (1903-06). Aeolian pianola (serial no. 42225). [Object no. 2006/151/9. Viewed 29 April 2020. J00277(b)].

c. 1905 - Aeolian Orchestrelle

Aeolian Company. (c. 1905). Aeolian Orchestrelle player reed organ (serial no. 86309). (Object no. 85/202. Viewed 29 April 2020. J00280).

c. 1905 - pianola

Aeolian Company. (c. 1905). Pianola model piano player (Themodist-Metrostyle player). (Accession no. 304324. Viewed 29 April 2020. J00282).

c. 1907 - piano player, metrostyle pianola

Aeolian Company (c. 1907). Piano player, metrostyle pianola. (Artifact no. 1977.0002.001. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00249).


1910s

c. 1910 - pianola

Aeolian Company. (c. 1910). Aeolian Pianola player piano. (Object no. 1998.07.01. Viewed 28 April 2020. J00275).

1915-17 - pipe organ and console

Aeolian Company. (1915-17). Aeolian Pipe Organ and Console. (Object no. 1922.6.1. Viewed 28 Aprl 2020. H01264; J00272).

1917 - reproducing piano

Aeolian Company. (1917). Reproducing piano. (Artifact no. 1978.1038.001. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00250).


1920s

c. 1924 - Pipe organ, Opus 1559

Aeolian Company. (c. 1924). Aeolian pipe organ, Opus 1559. (Object no. SN1062. Viewed 28 April 2020. J00273).


n. d.

n. d. - pianola

Aeolian Company. (undated). Pianola. (Viewed 4 May 2002. J00292).

n. d. - cupboard

Aeolian Company. (undated). Cupboard. (NT 1227377.2. Viewed 14 May 2020. J00386).



With Design Meriden’s area focus, and the Meriden factory dismantled in 1930, our focus on overall Aeolian production and activities stops at 1932.



B. Aeolian Company piano rolls in collections (at this juncture, presumably 1887-1932)


1890s

1895-1900 - music roll

Aeolian Organ and Music Company. (1895-1900). Celestina or Mandolina Music Roll: "Nanon Waltz" - Genée (#621). (Accession no. 301352. Viewed 15 May 2020. J00394).

1895-1900 - music roll

Aeolian Organ and Music Company. (1895-1900). Celestina or Mandolina Music roll: "Watch on the Rhine"; "Deutschland über alles"; "Das Zerbrochene Ringlein"; "Die Drei Reiter"; "Die Gute Kamerad"; "Der Tannenbaum" (#702). (Accession no. 301352. Viewed 15 May 2020. J00395).

1895-1900 - music roll

Aeolian Organ and Music Company. (1895-1900). Celestina or Mandolina Music roll: "We’ve both been there before, many a time (3 verses)" (#4067). (Accession no. 301352; cat no. 73.02a.18 . (Viewed 29 June 2021. J01377).

1895-1900 - music roll

Aeolian Organ and Music Company. (1895-1900). Celestina or Mandolina Music Roll: "Rock a bye Baby" / "Rustic Bridge by the Mill" (roll #4020). (Accession no. 301352. Viewed 3 March 2021. J01302).

1895-1900 - music roll

Aeolian Organ and Music Company. (1895-1900). Celestina or Mandolina Music Roll: "We’ve both been there before, many a time (3 verses)" (roll #4067). (Accession no. 301352. Viewed 3 March 2021. J01303).

1895-1900 - music roll

Aeolian Organ and Music Company. (1895-1900). Celestina or Mandolina Music Roll: "Down went McGinty" - Flynn (roll #4087). (Accession no. 301352. Viewed 3 March 2021. J01304).

1895-1900 - music roll

Aeolian Organ and Music Company. (1895-1900). Celestina or Mandolina Music Roll: "Little Annie Rooney (2 verses)" - Nolan (roll #4098). (Accession no. 301352. Viewed 3 March 2021. J01305).


1900s

1900-1930 - pianola roll

Aeolian Company. (1900-1930). Pianola roll: "T16472 B Roses of Picardy, Song arr. for Pianoforte Solo. Wood". (NT 1319311.2.31. Viewed 14 May 2020. J00388).

1900-1930 - pianola roll

Aeolian Company. (1900-1930). Pianola roll: "T17388A Whispering, arranged as a Pianoforte Solo, J. Schonberger". (NT 1319311.2.4. Viewed 14 May 2020. J00387).

1900-30 - pianola roll

Aeolian Company. (1900-30). Pianola roll: "T73771C Gondoliers Potpourri. Sullivan". (NT 1319311.2.2. Viewed 14 May 2020. J00385).

1901 - pianola roll

Aeolian Company. (1901). Pianola roll: "Metrostyle 2531 (P) Melodious Memories... Herman Finck". (NT 1319311.2.22. Viewed 14 May 2020. F00962).

1909 - music roll

Aeolian Company. (1909). Music roll: (1) "gay Hussars"; (2) "Misfit Soldier"; (3) "Sex Delicious"; (4) "My Friend Lebel" ... (Identifier: 191676. Viewed 14 May 2020. J00382).


1920s

early 20th c. - player-piano roll

Aeolian Company. (early 20th century). Player-piano roll. (Full Scale 26294. When Song is Sweet by G. Sans Souci, played by C. Blackmore.) (E.1772-1990. Viewed 28 April 2020. J00274).

after 1920 - player piano roll

Aeolian Company. (after 1920). Player piano roll ("200236, Amaryllis, Valse Lente, Seger, played by Felix Arndt"). (Artifact no. 1981.0642.001. Viewed 29 September 2018. J00252).

after 1920 - player piano roll

Aeolian Company. (after 1920). Player piano roll ("80253, Whispering Wind, Mazurka, Wollenhaupt"). (Artifact no. 1981.0642.002. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00253).

1920-29 - player piano roll, model: Girofle-Girofla Potpourri-Lecocq

Aeolian Company . Player piano roll, model: Girofle-Girofla Potpourri-Lecocq. (Artifact no. 1980.0607.001. Viewed 29 December 2018. J00251).


n. d.

n. d. - music roll

Aeolian Company. (undated). Music roll: "Hiawatha, Op. 6". (Identifier: 191679. Viewed 14 May 2020. J00383).

n. d. - music roll

Aeolian Company. (undated). Music roll: "The last smile". (Identifier: 191677. Viewed 14 May 2020. J00384).

n. d. - music roll

Aeolian Company. (undated). Music roll: "Violin Sonata in A, Op. 100" (presumably roll #141). (Accession no. 304324. Viewed 3 March 2021. J01296).

n. d. - music roll

Aeolian Company. (undated). Music roll: "Polichinelle, Op. 3, No. 4" - S. Rachmaninoff (roll #1082). (Accession no. 304324. Viewed 3 March 2021. J01310).

n. d. - music roll

Aeolian Company. (undated). Music roll: "Salut d’amour, Op. 12" - Edward Elgar (roll #4180). (Accession no. 304324. Viewed 3 March 2021. J01307).

n. d. - music roll

Aeolian Company. (undated). Music roll: "Minuet, Op. 14, no. 1" - Paderewski (possibly roll #6100-8). (Accession no. 1982.0220. Viewed 3 March 2020. J01308).

n. d. - roll

Aeolian Company. (undated). Music roll: "Papillons, Op. 2 - Schumann (presumably roll #9136). (Accession no. 304324. Viewed 3 March 2021. J01309).

n. d. - music roll

Aeolian Company. (undated). Music roll: "Midsummer night’s dream / Wedding march and Ellin chorus" - Mendelssohn (roll #9563). (Accession no. 304324. Viewed 3 March 2021. J01311).

n. d. - music roll

Aeolian Company. (undated). Music roll: "Weber’s Last Waltz". (Identifier: 191675. Viewed 14 May 2020. J00381).

n. d. - music roll

Aeolian Company. (undated). Music roll (song unidentified). (Accession no. 304324. Viewed 3 March 2021. J01306).


C. Selected Aeolian Company designs at auction


1890s

c. 1890 - Celestina twenty-note hand-crank organette

Aeolian Company. (c. 1890). Celestina twenty-note hand-crank organette. (Viewed 4 May 2020. H01338).

1892 - exceptional style 1500 organ

Aeolian Company. (1892). Exceptional style 1500 organ. (Viewed 4 May 2020. H01340).

late 19th c. - Celestina twenty note organette

Aeolian Organ & Music Co. (late 19th c.). Celestina twenty note organette. (Viewed 4 May 2020. H01337).


1900s

early 20th c. - Vocalion gramophone

Aeolian Company. (early 20th c.). Vocalion gramophone in mahogany cabinet. (Viewed 4 May 2020. H01339).

early 20th c. - Orchestrelle player organ

Aeolian Company. (early 20th c.). Orchestrelle player organ. (Viewed 4 May 2020. H01342).


1910s

c. 1910 - player-harmonium

Aeolian Company. (c. 1910). Player-harmonium. (Viewed 4 May 2020. H01341).

c. 1915-20 - mahogany grand piano

Aeolian Company. (c. 1915-20). Mahogany grand piano (serial no. 50696, model RR). (Viewed 4 May 2020. H01336).


n. d.

n. d. - Aeolian Grand 58-note player organ

Aeolian Company. (undated). An Aeolian Grand 58-note player organ. (Viewed 9 October 2020. F01440).

n. d. - Celestina organette

Aeolian Organ and Music Co. (undated). Celestina organette. (Viewed 28 April 2020. H01265).

n. d. - upright piano and rolls

Aeolian Company. (undated). An Aeolian upright player piano, and approx. 218 music rolls. (Viewed 9 October 2020. F01439).

n. d. - pianola

Aeolian Company. (undated). An Aeolian Duo-Art pianola. (Viewed 9 October 2020. F01437).

n. d. - Orchestrelle

Aeolian Company. (undated). An Aeolian Orchestrelle. (Viewed 9 October 2020. F01438).

early 20th c. - pianola and rolls

Aeolian Company. (early 20th century). "Pianola" piano, with approx. 77 rolls. (Viewed 9 October 2020. F01441).

n. d. - piano, stool and rolls

Aeolian Company. (undated). An Aeolian Cabaret piano, stool and rolls. (Viewed 9 October 2020. F01442).



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D. Aeolian Company designs in exhibitions


1880s

1889 - Exposition at Delavan Opera House, Meriden

10 October 1889. Exposition at Delavan Opera House, Meriden, on the occasion of the visit of the International American Congress.

> Exhibited by Aeolian Organ And Music Company, two Aeolian organs, one made of walnut and the other mahogany. Spanish music was played in honor of the visitors.


1900s

1906 - Hanover Park, Meriden exhibition

11 - 16 June 1906. Manufacturers’ and Varied Art Exposition, Hanover Park, Meriden, CT.

> The Aeolian Company exhibited "the pianola, a pianola piano, a Weber grand piano and the orchestrelle made by the company".


1920s

1923 - Better Homes Exposition, Hartford

2 - 14 April 1923. Better Homes Exposition, Hartford, Connecticut.

> Unspecified designs exhibited by Aeolian Co.

1926 - Better Homes Exhibition, Hartford

20 - 27 March 1926. Better Homes Exhibition at the State Armory, Hartford, CT.

> Unspecified designs exhibited by Aeolian Co. (New York, with Meriden operations).



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