Érard Frères et Co. 1800
This simple and charming square piano was made by Érard Freres et Co. in Paris in 1800. The case with its original legs is made in mahogany with simple brass inlays.
The nameboard is signed with:
“Érard Frères et Co.
Rue du Mail No. 37
à Paris 1800.”
The original keyboard with a compass of 5 octaves (FF – f3) is made of ivory, double strung and the instrument has got 2 pedals for Forte (dampers) and Jeu de Luth (lute).
On the soundboard is the typical handwritten signature with the serial number 4343. By making the research about the history of the instrument I found out that it was made for the family Luthin in Carbes, a small town in the south of France.
The instrument has undergone only minimal restoration and remains in a highly original state. There is a similar instrument in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Other surviving instruments made by Érard Frères & Co.:
- 1800 square piano (No. 4475) – Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, USA
- 1808 square piano (No. 7488) – Cité de la Musique Paris, France
|Circumference:||5 octaves (FF – f3)|
|Pedals:||2 pedals - Forte (dampers) and Jeu de Luth (lute)|
"Érard Frères et Co. /
Rue du Mail No. 37 /
à Paris 1800."