1808 Joseph Kirckman square piano

The firm of Kirckman is best known for fine 18th century harpsichords but this square piano was made by Joseph Kirckman  who took over the business from his father, Abraham Kirckman in 1794.  It was made a year before the last harpsichord was produced in his workshop.  The nameboard inscription reads:   “Joseph Kirckman,  Maker to […]

1778 Adam Beyer, square piano

This square piano is believed to have been at the same country house for nearly 200 years until the estate was sold in 1977. From that time it was owned by a member of the family until being purchased for a private collection in 2007. It has survived substantially in original condition. The keywell is […]

c1785 Adam Martin square piano

The inscription on this square piano reads: “Martin, Musical Instrument Maker, Hermitage, London”. Adam Martin was a woodwind instrument maker and it is unlikely that he made pianos.  This instrument was made by Christopher Ganer and passed to Adam Martin for resale.  The calligrapher has appropriately written the name of Martin rather than Ganer on […]

c1790 Christopher Ganer, square piano

Christopher Ganer square pianos were not dated after about 1785 and this example was made about 1790. This square piano has a fine inlaid case typical of many Ganer instruments. The nameboard inscription reads: “C Ganer, Grand and Small Forte Piano Manufacturer, Broad Street, Goldern Square, London”

c1791 Longman & Broderip square piano

Longman & Broderip were not makers of square pianos but contracted piano makers to produce instruments on their behalf.  This example was probably made by Culliford Rolfe & Barrow.   There are inscriptions in this piano showing that it was restored in 1823 and again in 1951.    The keyboard compass is 5 octaves and the maker’s […]

c1793 Schoene & Co, square piano

Schoene & Co. were the successors to Johannes Zumpe in 1783 or 1784 and used Zumpe’s second action in their square pianos. This is a fine inlaid example. The nameboard inscription reads: ” Schoene & Co, successors to Johannes Zumpe, Londini, Fecerunt, Cavendish Square”.

1794 Gabriel Buntebart square piano

A very fine and elegant satinwood and mahogany square piano crossbanded in purpleheart on a matching table stand. The nameboard inscription reads: Gabriel Buntebart, Londini, Fecit, 1794, Princess Street, Hanover Square.  Buntebart was in partnership with Johannes Zumpe from 1768 to 1778 and also Sievers from 1783 to 1793.  Buntebart died in October 1794 and his […]

c1795 Robert Marr square piano

This late 18th century square piano by Robert Marr would at first sight appear to be made by Broadwood.  It uses brass under-dampers and the wrest pins are positioned at the back of the instrument.  There are many other details that are similar to a Broadwood but there are also a number of differences.  The […]

c1798 Thomas Preston, square piano

This firm was founded by John Preston about 1774 and they were music publishers as well as musical instrument makers. The firm became John Preston & Son in 1789 and Thomas Preston in 1798. This square piano dates to 1798 or 1799 and still retains a five octave keyboard compass. The nameboard inscription reads: “Patent, […]

c1809 Muzio Clementi square piano

The composer Muzio Clementi, together with other business partners, took over the bankrupt firm of Longman & Broderip in 1798. The firm continued to produce pianos of excellent tonal character. This example has sweet pea and leaf painted decoration on the nameboard that reads: “New Patent, Muzio Clementi & Co., Cheapside, London”.