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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.
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.