Erard Louis XV grand pianoforte
Unquestionably one of the greatest of all piano makers, purveyor to Louis XVI as well as Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Verdi and Moscheles among others. Sebastian Erard opened his Paris workshop around 1777 and in 1796 introduced grand pianos made in the English fashion and incorporating various improvements of his own. It was his work with piano action design in the 1820's that caused a major perceptual shift among performers and other makers as to how responsive a piano could be and set the stage for further advancements leading to the modern day repetition action.
This grand pianoforte from the Erard Paris workshop dates to 1899 and furthers the reputation that the Erard firm employed some of the finest cabinetmakers in Europe at the time. The case is covered in a mahogany parquetry pattern of large diagonal squares - parquet de Versailles. The intricately carved cabriole legs and scrolled music desk maintain the instrument's subtle and more relaxed approach to detail. An identical Erard to this was used on the cover of Emanuel Ax's recording of the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2.
Length: 6 feet 2 inches.
Condition: Original condition
Price: $65,000 with restoration