Érard Frères 1805
This very rare and elegant square piano was made by Érard Frères in Paris in 1804/1805. The case with its original legs is made in mahogany with inlays and original ormolu decorations around the case and legs.
The nameboard is signed with:
Rue du Mail No. 37 à Paris 1805.”
The original keyboard with a compass of 5 ½ octaves is made in ivory and the instrument has got 4 pedals.
On the soundboard is the typical handwritten signature from Érard with the serial number 6115. By doing the research about the history of the instrument I found out that it was made for the family Cochu.
A very rare and early instrument made by one of the famous instrument builders in the world.
The instrument has undergone only minimal restoration and remains in a highly original state.
Other surviving instruments made by Érard & Frères:
- 1805 square piano (No. 6447) Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany
- 1808 square piano (No. 7488) Cité de la Musique Paris, France
|Circumference:||5 1/2 octaves, FF - c4|
|Mechanics:||second action with single dampers|
"Erard Freres / Rue du Mail No. 37 à Paris 1805."