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Lambertij 1801


Date: 1801

Origin: Paris

Serialnumber: ---

This charming and absolutely elegant square piano was made in Paris in 1801 and is the only known instrument of this maker. It has a fine and sustainable sound.

The case is decorated with inlays and is (as well as the legs) made of mahogany. Unusual is that the legs are made as columns and thus anticipate the later empire forms of the younger instruments from the 1820s.

The keyboard has a compass of 5 octaves (FF – f3), the keys are made from bone, ivory and ebony. The back if the instrument is not veneered.

The nameboard is made of different woods and bears the signature in an oval:


Rue des Vieux Augustins no. 16

à Paris 1801″

It has four pedals for lute, dampers, sordine and lid swell. The action is a simple single action and it is double strung.


About the maker Lambertij is so far nothing known, only that he had his workshop in the “Rue des Vieux Augustins no. 16” as the signature on the nameboard shows. The name Lambertij is not found in any literature and no other surviving instruments are known. Thus, this square piano is probably the only known instrument by this instrument maker worldwide. The name may lead to conclusions about a maker of Italian origin.



Lambertij, Paris 1801 – Sammlung Eric Feller



Length: 158,8 cm

Width: 58,6 cm

Height: 21,7 cm

Circumference: 5 octaves FF – f3

Mechanics: single action

Pedals: 4 pedals - lute, dampers, sordine, lid swell

Signature: "Lambertij
Rue des Vieux Augustins no. 16
à Paris 1801"