Hornung was originally a hat-maker, but became dissatisfied with his trade at an early age. He then decided to become an instrument maker. Hornung learnt piano making in Germany, and in 1800 returned to Denmark to open his own piano workshop. In 1850, Hornung passed the instrument-making workshop into the hands of Möller, who continued to work under the name of Hornung & Möller. The company produced pianos until its closure in 1972.
This instrument is unique in Australia, and is considered internationally to be an important and rare specimen of a Danish piano. The instrument has a 7-octave compass, and made from an ornately decorated cast iron frame. It has an English action with two foot pedals (both working a damper lift). It has a bright, clear and open tone, and is best suited to the compositions of Greig.
This piano was donated by Bill and Anne Huffam in 2009, and with the help of Dr Geoffrey Lancaster became part of the ANU Keyboard Institute.