Regal Parlor Organ

Cabinet by Jean-Pierre Latzcirca 1750

The Frick Pittsburgh

The Frick Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, United States

Helen Clay Frick purchased this extraordinary marquetry organ in 1967. The ébéniste (cabinetmaker) was a German, Jean-Pierre Latz (c. 1691-1754), who came to Paris in 1721 and became by 1738, "Privileged Cabinet Maker to the King." Latz's business prospered throughout the 1740s. It is thought that this organ was made for Marie Louise Elisabeth (1727-1759), daughter of King Louis XV and Queen Marie Leszczynska (whose portrait is also at The Frick Art Museum). She was one of Latz's regular patrons, as were the Kings of Prussia and Poland.


  • Title: Regal Parlor Organ
  • Creator: Cabinet by Jean-Pierre Latz
  • Creator Lifespan: circa 1691
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Paris, Île-de-France, France
  • Creator Birth Place: Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Date: circa 1750
  • Location Created: Paris, Île-de-France, France
  • Physical Dimensions: w36 x h50 x d20.25 in.
  • Type: Musical Instrument
  • Medium: Marquetry in various woods, gilt bronze mounts, petit point pedal

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