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.
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...
Stunning Art Cased Upright Piano made by Ignace Pleyel Paris serial number 10041 made in the year 1844.
Made in the style of Charles Andre Boulle, these gorgeous highly decorated pianos are highly sought after...
Romantique period early grand piano made by Ignace Pleyel Paris serial number 5366 finished in 1836.
Extra long model bein 225 cm long. The case made of exotic parts of mahogany inlaid with copper inlay. These extra long grand pianos made by Pleyel not only were highly sought after during the era of Chopin, but is now a highly sought after pianos in todays early pianoforte world. With the closing of the internationally known French Factory of Pianos, Pleyel, it has become much more evident of the importance today by collectioners worldwide to preserve these Historical Music Instruments. Please contact us if you have interest in any of our collection...