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18-09-2015, 04:18

We offer an art cased Grand piano made by Challen London circa 1930s

137 cm long grand piano with matching stool, black lacquered chinoiserie case depicting different figures of chinese musicians with their instrument’s, highly decorated case of fine quality...

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14-03-2015, 04:29

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...

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3-02-2015, 09:55
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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.
The movement by Erard, The case attributed to Alfred Beurdeley, Paris, Dated 1899.


Exquisite Fine art cased piano by Erard serial number ***** made in the year 1899...sold by Boudet Paris high end luxury furniture boutique

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30-01-2015, 05:11
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Grand piano ca. 1840
Érard & Co., London
Wood, various materials; L. of case (perpendicular to keyboard) 97 1/4 in. (247 cm); W. of case (parallel to keyboard) 58 7/8 in. (149.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Henry McSweeney, 1959 (59.76)


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...


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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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