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French Grand Piano Mercier Louis XV Ormolu Bronzes Marquetry Mahogany Rosewood

$85,392.57

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Art cased grand piano by Erard Paris Serial number 19924 Case Paris 1877 Designed by Mercier Frères Paris with a design specified by order. Restored to perfection by our German piano master team. For stable tuning, the pinblock has been renewed. Having a piece of furniture done by the famous furniture designer of Mercier Freres is a dream, having a piano designed by them was something not quite expected. Case is patterned pieces of high quality mahogany ending on three lion claw type feet in bronze mercure. Piano fully restored by the Palace Pianos team. Each part was taken care of in order to preserve the authenticity. The Mercier Erard plays even and perfect. Recommende for all type of music. Did you know that David Bowie recorded his "Life On Mars" on the same Erard model...until today one it is one of the iconic piano recordings, and a reference sound, copied by later generations of sound engineers. Erard was the preferred brand of Franz Liszt, Ravel payed on an Erard, as well as a long list of pianists and composers, such as Chopin, Beethoven, Fauré, Debussy, Tshaikovsky, and many more. Mercier Frères: The firm known from 1867 as Mercier Frères was established in 1828 by Claude Mercier with premises at 15, Rue Beautrellis. Moving shortly afterwards to 100, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, where it remained until its final demise in 1986, the firm exhibited at the Exposition des produits de l’industrie française in 1844 and 1849, and participated in most of the major International Exhibitions of the latter half of the century. Mercier Frères was a distinguished French design studio and furniture manufacturer. It was one of the leading French design firms of the late 19th century and well into the 20th. In 1924, Mercier Frères was chosen to represent France in the Exposition Française de New York, an important trade fair that was held in the Grand Central Palace. The first records show us the piano was first purchased by famous Cellist, Alexander Batta. Batta played in the most respected salons, such as Delphine de Girardin and Pierre-Antoine Berryer , and toured extensively throughout Europe. His own preference was for the great French and Italian operas. He especially admired the operas of Vincenzo Bellini and especially the tenor Giovanni Battista Rubini, whose singing style he adapted as a model for his cello playing. In addition, Batta wrote a number of compositions, mostly for his instrument with piano accompaniment, and transcribed musical works by others for the cello. Often these were paraphrases or fantasies of operatic melodie. Second records show the redesigning of the piano by order for the owners in 1877.

Details

  • Creator
    Mercier Freres (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 37.01 in. (94 cm)Width: 57.88 in. (147 cm)Depth: 83.47 in. (212 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XV (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1877
  • Condition
    Repaired: Fully repaired by our German Master PIano Technician Team. Case French polished,. Replacements made: Replacements of leather and felt parts, pinblock, tuning pins, strings, axes. Refinished. Meticuously restored, to have it in the condition like it was when it was born back then.
  • Seller Location
    Ettlingen, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5682224043152

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Ettlingen, Germany
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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