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...
Pianino Pleyel made by Ignace Pleyel serial number 5510 year 1836
It is said that Chopin often admired and used these small beautiful instruments.
Bluthner Art Cased Grand Piano serial number 43895 - Circa 1895
Dignified painted and 24k gilt decorated art case Bluthner grand piano circa 1895 in the ancient French Watteau style, the fresh and bright green ground decorated with panels depicting delicious classical figures and floral sprays in fresh pastel shades of pink, bright blue and delicate shades of green.
The paintings show the marriage of the ancient gods Cupido and Venus. Together with a matching stool.
Pleyel Pianino serial number 6269 year 1837 Exposition of Art 1839 Paris
Through our many years of hard work, we have found one of the Largest and most important pianos by many famous Makers of early pianoforte! Many of these being Exhibition pianos! Here once again we have come across a rare find! The photos are of a Sculpted Rich model of Pianino made by Ignace Pleyel serial number 6269 finished in March of 1837. We find that this same Pleyel Pianino shows up again in the Exhibition of 1839 in the Journal of Industry and its useful arts. We find this Pleyel Pianino displayed ,not just a musical instrument, but also a piece of Art! Le Bouteiller, Ch. Éditeur scientifique, draws us a sketch of said Pianino Pleyel in 1839 :
"Dans un de nos précédent numéros, à propos d'un piano de structure différent, nous parlions de la vogue de cet instrument en général, et nous citions cette observation d'un Poëte :
ce ne seraite pas là que nous voudrions consigner celui-ci, par la richesse et le bon goûtde sa décoration, comme par la graceet l'harmonie de ses proportions, il est appelé à prendre place. Sinons dans un salon de quelque étendue, de moins dans un appartement des plus comfortables...
Erard London Concert Grand Piano serial number 825 - Year 1843
A rare find, early Erard london Grand piano made in the year 1843.
Straight strung piano in a rosewood case.
The serial numbers help us understand how rare these pianos are.
Pierre Erard was mostly interested in making harps. beautiful clear sound...