The house piano was built by Jules Faivre. He invented the iron frame piano and the wrought iron system. He sold pianos at 156 Royal Street in New Orleans.
Faivre was apparently a Paris piano maker, who advertised his ‘patented wrought iron system’, which was on display for sale at his warerooms at 156 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA. Here a ‘large assortment of Parisian pianos’ might also be inspected by the clients.
— From “Makers of the piano Vol. 2: 1820–1860”, by Martha Novk Clinkscale, Copyright © 1999 Oxford: Clarendon Press. Reproduced with permission of the Licensor through PLSclear.
The iron frame piano and the wrought iron system can be heard being used in wild western movies and shows today.
This particular piano was from the Exposition Universelle des produits de l’Agriculture, de l’Industrie et des Beaux-Arts de Paris 1855. This was the equivalent to the world’s fair today. The Exposition Universelle of 1855 was held on the Champs- Élysées in Paris from 15 May to 15 November. This exposition was designed and celebrated during the reign of Emperor Napoleon III. It was the counterpart to the London’s Great Exhibition of 1851, the first of its kind, and the monumental Palais de l’Industrie was constructed in emulation of London’s Crystal Palace.