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Johann Christian Schreiber 1745 (1770)


Date: 1770

Origin: Amsterdam

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This very interesting square piano is so far the only known instrument made by Johannes Christian Schreiber.

The rectangular shaped mahogany case is decorated with boxwood inlays. The instrument has a single action and is double strung.

The keyboard is made of ivory and ebony with dark wood fronts. The nameboard is simply decorated and contains the signature:

“Johannes Christian Schreiber

A Amsterdam


The date 1745 on the nameboard is obviously added later and the instrument can be dated to about 1770 due to the structural features. Interesting is the small compass of only 4 ½ octaves.


The instrument formerly belonged to the University of California – Department of Music and was then acquired by Bjarne Dahl.

The piano is listed in the book “Makers of the Piano 1700 – 1820” by Martha Novak Clinkscale.


So far no further instruments have been survived by Johannes Christian Schreiber!



Length: 141 cm

Width: 55 cm

Height: 24,5 cm

Circumference: 4 ½ octaves (C – f3)

Mechanics: single action

Pedals: 1 handstop - dampers

Signature: „Johannes Christian Schreiber
A Amsterdam