1872 Erard Concert Grand



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Sebastian Erard was born in Strassburg, Germany in 1752 and at age 16 he settled in Paris, working for a harpsichord maker. It soon became apparent that Erard was a genius at finding ways around mechanical problems and he started designing his own pianos. In 1777, he produced his first piano. Over the next several years, he designed and experimented with various types of keyboard instruments. Erard made a combination of piano and organ with two keyboards for Marie Antoinette.  The revolution of 1789 destroyed his business in Paris and in 1792 he opened a factory in Great Marlborough Street, London. Seemingly he left his brother Jean-Baptist to carry on the French branch. In London, Erard was able to focus on building superior pianos without the distractions of political strife. Erard had dozens of patents for improvements to the piano. Probably his most famous invention is the double escapement action which is still used to this day in pianos.

Erard pianos were considered one of the finest pianos in the world during the 19th century, competing with sendorfer as the most prestigious pianos in Europe. Numerous famous composers cherished Erards inlcuding Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Rubinstein and Paderewski. Today, Erards are very rare and desirable, especially the concert grands, which are deemed the best of the best. 

It is the largest piano we have seen from this period. With its stunning burled walnut case, inlaid brass and elegant styling, it was clearly produced to be the highest quality and most expensive concert grand of the time. It has received a thorough and careful restoration to provide fine playability, a wonderful tone and a beautiful case.

Stunning burled walnut case, elegant legs, a hand-carved music rack and ivory keytops. Fully restored, satin finish.