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19-12-2014, 09:32
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Erard Art cased Grand piano sells high at Christies London
Realized Price of over 200 000 Euros
Another great example of safe and secure investments in Art and music history

The Erard archives records this piano as:
Grand piano n°1, style Louis the XV, very rich, bois satiné, decorated with bronze doré (6 feet)
It was finished in April 1905 and sold for 11,400 francs on 5 October 1908 to Mme. Vve Th. Rivierre of 3 rue de Luynes, Paris. Marie Rivierre was the widow of Théodore Rivierre who founded the firm of Clouterie Rivierre, a leading French pre-war manufacturer of nails, pins and tacks. Following her husband's death in 1900, Marie Rivierre expanded the factory and entered new international markets to Argentina and Indochina. On the eve of the First World War, the factory employed four hundred people. She participated in the war effort, particularly by making shoe tacks for the army. She died at Chantilly in January 1937 aged 64 years.

This piano is in the distinctive fin de siècle style of high-rococo fused with Art Nouveau. This new style was formed by the artistic association of the ébénistes Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener and François Linke with the sculptor Léon Messagé, aided by the proximity of Linke's workshop at 170 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine to Zwiener's at 12 rue de la Roquette and Messagé's nearby studio at 40 rue Sedaine.

Messagé was inspired by Meissonnier's asymmetrical ornament of the early 18th century to produce rococco, flowing, designs for furniture and to sculpt gilt-bronze mounts of lively, high-relief allegorical figures linked by delicate organic frames. Messagé supplied designs to Linke from circa 1885 and had worked with or for Zwiener since probably 1880 or 1881, and is also recorded to have worked for the firm of Boudet. However it was at the Paris 1889 Exposition Universelle that Messagé achieved international recognition when he, and Zweiner, received a gold medal for an important serre-bijoux 

cabinet, subsequently sold Christie's, London, 17 March 2011, lot 409 (£623,650)...

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25-11-2014, 10:58
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The letters of transit — “signed by General de Gaulle, cannot be rescinded, not even questioned” The painted upright piano from Rick's Café Américain in “Casablanca” was among the items sold at Bonhams.

were hidden under its unusual hinged lid. It is golden yellow with touches of green and gold, a surprise to people who know it only from its black-and-white adolescence. It has a wad of chewing gum in a place where a wad of chewing gum really should not be.

It is the stuff that dreams are made of.

It is one of the most famous pianos in the world, the piano Ingrid Bergman was close to when she delivered one of Hollywood’s unforgettable lines: “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’ ” It is the short little upright from Rick’s Café Américain in the movie “Casablanca.”

And it has become the stuff of very expensive dreams. It was sold at auction on Monday for $3.4 million, gum and all. The price included a 12 percent commission...

 

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11-11-2014, 13:19
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 From our partners in professional International Transports G&R piano removals London, Palace Pianos offers a brand New Service for shipping Pianos to China from anywhere in Europe.

G&R Removals, our preferred professional transport company has agreed on a partnership with ADP in Shanghai following many successful shipments of Pianos to China from the UK and Europe. ADP are an Established Freight and Warehousing Company based in the Customs Free Area known as the Free Trade Zone in Shanghai.

The advantage of this when sending Pianos to China is that the containers of pianos can be unloaded in ADP warehouse avoiding heavy demurrage charges in the event of any discrepancies with Chinese Customs. Coupled with our knowledge and experience of shipping Pianos to China, ADP have established links with Chinese Customs and Valuations officers in Shanghai, they have an excellent reputation for handling this kind of shipment and have proven to be very capable in transport and shipping pianos to China.


When shipping Pianos to China it is essential that all paperwork is checked and double-checked, we provide a pre-shipment checklist for all of our clients wishing to ship pianos to China, this is then confirmed by our partners in Shanghai prior to shipping, that there are no recent changes to the regulations.

G&R can assist with your application for the CITES (Certificate for International of Endangered Species) if required and will pre-advise ADP for smooth transition through Chinese Customs. We handle all UK Customs clearance, Documentation and Shipping service through to Shanghai port where ADP will take over the shipment of pianos to China, with their local knowledge and contacts they can provide full destination services of your pianos to China whether this is a single shipment, groupage service or Full Container Loads of Pianos to China.
As we are aware this is service is unprecedented, there are no other Companies offering this service for shipping pianos to China from anywhere in Europe.
We very much look forward to hearing from you with your shipping enquiry.

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5-09-2014, 16:50
Category: News » Arts

Portrait of Frederic Chopin after Delacroix painting in the Louvre Musrum c. 1970.

Original plaster bust made by L H Poncet


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12-08-2014, 10:38
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Chopin`s Pianinos and the Discovery of Their Secrets

On May 3, 2014, after the end of the Szymanowska Conference in Paris, I took a trip outside of Paris to the workshop of harpsichord maker and collector of Pleyel pianos, Oliver Fadini. I went with the renowned Chopin specialist, Prof. Halina Goldberg of Indiana University.  Our tour was arranged by Fadini's friend, music journalist at Radio France, Gilles Bencimon, a fervent lover of Chopin's music and the sound of historical pianos and pianinos...

 

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