J. B. Streicher
Jean Baptiste Streicher has perhaps the most established pedigree of any piano maker through the past 3 centuries. His grandfather, Johann Stein, was an early piano maker in Augsburg, Germany during the mid to late 18th century and who was primarily responsible for the design of the Viennese fortepiano, for which the music of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven was written. Jean Baptiste's mother, Nannette Streicher, nee Stein, along with her musician husband Johann Andreas Streicher and younger brother Andreas, moved the Stein workshop to Vienna in 1794. Beethoven became a close friend of the Streicher family and often played their instruments in concert. J. B. Streicher took over the firm after the deaths of his parents and was to preside over it until his death in 1871. Johannes Brahms was given a Streicher piano by the firm in 1872 (serial no. 6713, manuf. 1868).This would be Brahms' second and last piano (the first was a Graf) and would greatly influence his later piano music.
Case: veneered in figured walnut with elaborate brass inlaid inscription of maker set into nameboard. Ivory keytops and ebony accidentals. Action is of the Viennese type or Wiener Mechanic. Typical Viennese lyre with two pedals; hexagonal legs. Set with brass inlay to an ebony circle in the small top is an inscription of the (piano house?) in Budapest from where the piano (sold?): Keresztely / mintazongoratermebol / Budapesten (Vaczikorut 21). This piano happens to be 5 serial numbers previous to Brahms' 1868 Streicher. Well suited for the piano music of Brahms and other mid to late 19th century romantics.
Length of case: 6' 2"
Price: $32,000 with restoration