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Collard & Collard square grand piano c1850
These late Collard & Collard square pianos are well-made instruments but take up more space than earlier squares. They are excellent when in good condition. This one may have been in the same family since new and reputedly has been in the same room for a long time.
It will require some work to bring it back into good playing condition.
The price is offers on £100
Most importantly, the owner wishes to see that it goes to a good home.
For more information please contact the owner, George Harcourt email: email@example.com
This piano is located in Norfolk.
Houston & Co. square piano c1794-1799 (Location in France)
An 18th century 5 octave square piano on trestle stand in plain mahogany case with line inlay made by Houston & Co. (Late Bates & Co) It has been owned by the same family for 60 years and was repaired at the time. It is in good clean presentation but it will require some work to bring it back into good playing condition.
Houston & Co was established in 1790 but James Henry Houston relied on creditors to operate his business and became bankrupt. He continued to maintain the business until 1799. The square pianos made by Houston resemble the design of those by George Garcka who also manufactured square pianos at the same address “Corner of Edward Street at 95 Wardour Street, Soho, London” up to about 1792. In 1793, the pianos have the name of Bates & Co. probably because Bates financed the business but from about 1794 the name changes back to Houston & Co. The exact business arrangements are unknown. Houston also had the address of 54 Great Marlborough Street.
Price 1052 Euros (about £900)
The piano is located in Bellac, France. Please contact the owner, Humphrey Less for more information and viewing. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Beyer square piano c1787-1790
This piano has been sold
A rare and sought-after square piano of petite appearance by Adam Beyer c1787-1790. An elegant model with marquetry nameboard, satinwood crossbanded case and original en-suite stand. It came from a Georgian country house and is believed to have remained in the same family ownership since new. It is evident that it has not had much use and in particular the ivory key coverings and hammer leather are in excellent condition. It has probably been stored in the house for many years and the veneered mahogany and crossbanded case has some partial veneer and line inlay losses. Also, the inscription has been rubbed and will need replacement.
Despite the external appearance, the inside of the instrument is in very good original condition and demonstrates Beyer’s renowned and meticulous craftsmanship. The original soundboard is not split, and the bridge appears to be well-attached and not lifting. The wrest-pins are original. There are three damper levers, the damper slap rail and one limewood key front missing. The case will require veneer and line inlay repairs and refinishing to bring it up to its best appearance.
The piano has not received any recent intervention and is therefore ideal for authentic restoration. Images of the inscription required can be provided together with the name of a specialist artist who would be able to do this work.
This piano is in London.
Broadwood & Sons cabinet piano c1837
This piano has been SOLD
A Broadwood cabinet piano c1837 with maker’s number 6124. This instrument has been professionally restored by the Music Room Workshop, Haslemere, Surrey, England and is in good playing condition. The case is also excellent and not faded by sunlight.
The advantage of a cabinet piano over a square piano is that it has a more powerful and resonant tenor and bass section but does not take up more floor space.
Cabinet pianos are not easy to find in good playing condition but this example gives an opportunity to acquire one.
Wilkinson square piano c1807
This piano has been SOLD
An early 19th century square piano by George Wilkinson c1807. The seller writes:
“Upon the eventual dissolution of the eminent firm of Longman & Broderip in 1798, Francis Fane Broderip formed a partnership with Wilkinson to continue to exploit legitimately Southwell’s landmark 1794 patent for additional notes, Irish dampers and sonovents (frets). To do so Broderip & Wilkinson commissioned Leukfeld to build Southwell patent pianos for them, though by 1806 the relationship had fallen into litigious dispute. When Broderip died in 1807, Wilkinson continued the business. This square piano, to the Southwell patent design (and thus the same as contemporary Clementi pianos), carries internal Leukfeld stamps and was likely originally constructed for Broderip & Wilkinson c.1804. (See Bozarth and Debenham ‘Piano Wars’ for full details of the Southwell patent and consequent legal machinations amongst London’s leading piano companies)”
“I have owned the piano for a number of years, but done nothing to it other than clean the interior somewhat prior to storage – this means the complete set of captive Irish dampers is not currently installed.
The honey coloured case and lid have a good and even patina, and there is little evidence of internal intervention. Ten hammers are detached but present and require re-hinging (so best to do the entire set).
There is no separation of case and baseboards, and the soundboard ribs are undisturbed. The original pedal leg and metal trap are present.The hinged green silk ‘resonance-board’ is present, as are many original strings. The nameboard frets are undamaged, though the rear corner fret has suffered.
Overall, an attractive instrument which makes a good candidate for restoration. Located in West London”.
The nameboard inscription reads: Wilkinson & Co. (Late Broderip and Wilkinson) No.13 Hay Market London.
Clementi square piano c1808 SOLD
A Clementi square piano made about 1808 in plain case with French frame stand. This piano has been fully restored in the past and although remains in reasonable condition has not been played recently and will require a little work to bring back into playing condition. It is complete with the pedal, but the inner cover is missing. The nameboard has painted decoration with leaf and flower garland decoration. The inscription reads: “New Patent, Muzio Clementi & Co., Cheapside, London”.
The date of 1808 is assessed from the work of Leif Sahlqvist, (Clementi & Co 1798–1830, Pianoforte Manufacture in London published in 2014).
Christopher Ganer square piano (made between 1785 and 1790)
THIS PIANO HAS BEEN SOLD
An 18th century square piano by Christopher Ganer in satinwood cross-banded case on a trestle stand.
This piano is in good playing condition and has a restored action but would benefit from some further work. The nameboard inscription reads: “C. Ganer, Grand and Small Forte Piano manufacturer, Broad Street, Golden Square, London”. It has a five octave keyboard FF to f3. Originally it was fitted with two hand stops for sustain and buff but these are now operated by pedals. The trestle stand is a replacement. It is of small size measuring 157cms long and 53cms deep and therefore can more easily be accommodated than later instruments.
Christopher Ganer was not only a piano maker but also an inlayer and most of his square pianos have very elegant cases that are fine examples of late 18th century neo-classical inlay work. The inlay woods include mahogany, satinwood, ebony, boxwood and purple heart. The nameboard is also inlayed with a leaf spray surrounding the central inscription cartouche. It is a fine piece of period furniture as well as an early piano.
It is reasonably priced and a Christopher Ganer square piano in fully restored condition would have a much higher value.
An important early square piano by Frederick Beck dated 1776 in excellent playing condition
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It is not very often that an early square piano made in the tradition of the earliest English square pianos of Johannes Zumpe comes onto the market, at least in excellent playing condition. Johannes Zumpe started making the English square piano in 1766 and this piano was made 10 years later in 1776, and is basically of the same design. There are only four known extant square pianos made by Frederick Beck that are older than this instrument as recorded on the register of early pianos, Clinkscale online. (www.earlypianos.org)
This square piano was professionally restored by Andrew Lancaster and has been maintained in excellent playing condition since this restoration. The keyboard compass is FF to f3. There are two stops, one for bass dampers and the other for treble dampers. There is a pedal for a buff stop and there is evidence of a second pedal for a lid swell that was probably fitted as an addition when the instrument was made but removed when the lid swell became out of fashion in the 1790’s. The piano measures 144cms x 50cms.
Arnold Frederick Beck (fl.1772-1794) is considered to be an important maker and was one of the so called “twelve Apostles” working in London in the 18th century.