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Fortepianos

The Eric Feller Collection preserves a worldwide unique collection of original fortepianos from all periods and regions of piano history. Find here a fine selection of special fortepianos. Further instruments will be added regularly to complete the research on piano history.  


Instruments


Franz Xaver Christoph c. 1780/85

This unique and extraordinary fortepiano is one of the earliest preserved fortepianos of the 18th  century from Vienna. Vienna was next to Paris and London one of the main cities of piano making. In addition to Anton Walter, the organ and piano builder Franz Xaver Christoph was...

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Karl Benedict c. 1785

This fortepiano is a typical example of the instruments from the period of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791). It is the first and oldest built piano by Karl Benedict in Graz and dates back to around 1785. To this day it is an absolute rarity that the first built instrument...

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Abraham & Josephus Kirckman 1789

This instrument is the oldest preserved fortepiano by Abraham & Josephus Kirckman worldwide. It was built in London in 1789 and is one of the few instruments with a compass of 5 octaves. The case and the original stand is made in mahogany with encircling inlays in differen...

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Johannes Broadwood 1792

This is the earliest dated grand piano made by John Broadwood in the Eric Feller Collection and similar to the instrument in the Metropolitan Museum in New York USA. The case is made of mahogany with inlays of different woods. Three brass locks to close the lid are mounted around...

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John Broadwood and Son 1799

This charming grand piano of the well known company John Broadwood is a fine example for the early English grand piano. The case is made of mahogany with inlays of different woods. Three brass locks to close the lid are mounted around the case. The keyboard is made of ivory and e...

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Érard Frères 1802 owned by Anne Angélique de Mackau, Comtesse de Saint-Alphonse

This elegant fortepiano is one of the rarest instruments worldwide and comes from the circle around Emperor Napoleon! It is one of the earliest preserved grand pianos from the workshop Érard and is identical in construction to the instrument which was given to Ludwig van Beethov...

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John Broadwood and Son 1803

The case is made of mahogany with inlays of different woods. Three brass locks to close the lid are mounted around the case.The keyboard is made of ivory and ebony, the hammers are covered with leather, triple strung and the instrument has single dampers. The piano rests on th...

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Friedrich Kuhlbörs c. 1805

This early fortepiano by Friedrich Kuhlbörs is one of a few surviving fortepianos made by this outstanding piano maker. The instrument has never been restored before and was in absolute original condition with original strings. It is absolutely similar to the instrument in the c...

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Heinrich Janssen c. 1810/15

This charming grand fortepiano is a testimony to the elegant and perfect craftsmanship of Viennese piano making in the early 19th century. The case is made of nut and polished with shellac. On the sides and around the keyboard it is decorated with the original fire-gilt bronzes....

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Wilhelm Neumann c. 1820

This grand fortepiano was made by Wilhelm Neumann in Vienna and was built around 1820. It is the only surviving known instrument made by Neumann. The elegant walnut triple bent side case stands on 3 Empire style legs with a small ornamental lyre and 5 pedals. The nameboard...

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Anton Zierer c. 1820

At the beginning of the 19th century London, Paris and Vienna were the major locations of piano making. A variety of instrument makers built instrument of varying quality to serve the demand for pianos. All over Europe the instruments from Vienna were highly regarded by composers...

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Nannette Streicher neé Stein 1822

This elegant Empire concert grand piano comes from one of the most famous workshops in Vienna: Nannette Streicher. The instrument was built in 1822 and is characterized by its great length of 250 cm and absolutely charming sound. The case is made in mahogany and decorated arou...

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William Stodart c. 1823 – Compensator Frame

This absolutely rare fortepiano is one of a few models that represent a special model within the "Compensator Frame" series. So far there is only on other model of this type known. It is an identical instrument in London's Buckingham Palace, owned by the Queen of England. The...

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William Stodart & Son c. 1828 – Compensator Frame

This exceptional fortepiano from the English company William Stodart & Son is an example of the companies’ specific "Compensator - Frame" instruments. A second earlier grand piano is also in the Eric Feller collection. The case, still in the harpsichord shape, is made of...

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John Broadwood and Sons 1830

This elegant concert grand fortepiano made by the traditional company of Broadwood and Sons shows an important step in the evolution from the first fortepianos at the end of the 18th century to the modern pianos of today. Today there are only a few instruments from the 1830s by B...

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Rousselot c. 1830

This rare fortepiano is an instrument with typical French elegance. It was build around 1830 in Nîmes. The case is made in mahogany, rosewood and other different woods and decorated with inlays and ormolu decorations. The keyboard is made in ivory and ebony and the nameboard rea...

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Joseph Simon c. 1827/30

This fortepiano by Joseph Simon was built around 1827/30 in Vienna and shows the traditional construction that Simon had taken over from his teacher Conrad Graf and continued. The names of Beethoven and Graf are closely connected together in musical history. The instruments of Gr...

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Carl Bechstein 1877

This grand piano made by the company of Carl Bechstein in Berlin shows impressively the further development of the piano. The case with the angular shape is made in black shellac and stands on three legs with brass castors. The nameboard is signed with: „C. Bechstein Hof ...

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John Broadwood and Sons 1889 – Art Case

This Art Case Gothic style concert grand piano by John Broadwood and Sons was made in 1889 and shows the outstanding craftsmanship by that company. The instrument not only impresses with its powerful sound and elegant case, but also with its interesting history...   Th...

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Gabriel Gaveau 1911 – Art Case

After Pleyel and Erard the Gaveau company was in the 19th century the third major pianocompany in France. In 1911 Gabriel Gaveau, one of the sons of company founder Joseph Gabriel Gaveau, founded his own company and thus entered into direct competition with his brother Étienne,...

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