Ingres’ violin or piano?

There is a French expression “Violon d’Ingres“.
And now I know that it exists a piano d’Ingres too!

May be some of you have seen the Stamaty family portrait by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

Anything surprising here? Yes, the piano!
Isn’t it astonishing that Ingres, a music lover and a violin player himself, gives the piano a strange pattern of three black keys only? Did it happen out of neglect? Yet he pays attention to the details of the dress and even to the little ring on the finger.

The small boy in the picture is the future musician Camille-Marie Stamaty (13 March 1811 – 19 April 1870).

The only portrait of older Camille-Marie that I could find:

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