Erard Art cased upright piano serial number 79198 made in the year 1899,
one of the finest examples of craftsmanship in Luxury furniture from the 19th century Beaux Art period.
This piano offers a glimpse into the masterpieces of 19th century furniture by the period’s pre-eminent craftsman of Alfred Beurdeley, including François Linke, Guillaume Grohé, Mathieu Befort and Henry Dasson. The piano focuses on signed pieces in the French royal styles of the Ancien Régime and evokes the Beaux Arts building projects of the 19th century, when new international elite competed to furnish their Renaissance style châteaux with palatial furniture and objects such as pianos. This piano offers collectors the opportunity to acquire exceptional works of art and music in a continuation of this proud tradition...
Exquisite Fine art cased piano by Erard serial number 79198 made in the year 1899,
sold by Boudet Paris high end luxury furniture boutique.
A fine French ormolu-mounted mahogany, satinwood and fruitwood marquetry and parquetry-inlaid upright piano.
Grand piano, ca. 1840
Sébastien Érard (1752–1831), who made his first piano in 1777, manufactured harps and pianos, and published music. Founding his firm in Paris in 1768, he served many French aristocrats: the duchesse de Villeroy provided him with a workshop, and he designed a special transposing piano for Marie Antoinette. The French Revolution seriously impaired sales (many of Érard's early instruments were confiscated from the aristocracy and burned), so he opened a second manufacturing and sales facility in London.
Érard's first pianos featured an English-style action (key mechanism), but by 1822 his brother and business partner Pierre had patented an improved mechanism featuring a double escapement, to permit players to repeat notes with greater speed and control. This action, with a few refinements, is used in today's grand pianos.
The cast iron frame had been patented in America in 1825, but European piano makers hesitated to adopt this feature (Conrad Graf continued to make wood cases until about 1840). In 1825, the Érard firm patented a frame constructed of iron bars and plates. While not as rigid and effective as the cast iron frame, the bolted-on iron bars, mounted both above and below the soundboard, greatly improved tuning stability. Many prominent musicians, including Haydn and Beethoven, used Érard pianos. Liszt made his sensational Paris and London debuts on Érard pianos fitted with the newly invented double-repetition action...
The Erard archives records this piano as:
cabinet, subsequently sold Christie's, London, 17 March 2011, lot 409 (£623,650)...