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MP-1002

A French Ormolu Mounted & Parquetry Baby Grand Piano

Description

Circa 1900

 

Origin: Paris

 

Height: 39″ (138cm)
Width: 57″ (144.7cm)
Depth: 62.5″ (158.7cm)
Top Open Height: 71″ (180.3cm)

 

Maker: Ignaz Playel
Serial Number: 145638
Interior Marked: Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon et Cie

 

Pleyel is one of the most celebrated and renowned piano names in history. Ignaz Pleyel was not only a piano manufacturer, but also a successful musician, inventor, and publisher

 

The name Pleyel is associated with the great Frédéric Chopin, as it was his first choice in a piano. While Chopin played other quality pianos including Erards, he was known to use his Pleyels almost exclusively for composing and teaching. Pleyel pianos were also the choice of composers such as Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, de Falla and Stravinsky and of the pianist and teacher Alfred Cortot. In addition to piano manufacturing, the Pleyel firm ran a concert hall, the Salle Pleyel, in which Chopin performed his first — and also his last — Paris concerts. During Chopin’s final concert tour, he took one grand piano with him to England–his 1846 Pleyel

 

Pleyel is one of the most celebrated and renowned piano names in history. Ignaz Pleyel was not only a piano manufacturer, but also a successful musician, inventor, and publisher. Pleyel composed more than 60 symphonies, a number of string quartets, 8 concertos, 2 operas and various chamber works

 

Although the piano firm Pleyel et Cie was founded by Ignace, his son Camille (1788-1855), became a partner in 1815. Camille was a piano virtuoso and became a friend of Chopin. The company later partnered with Wolff & Lyon producing elaborate baby grand pianos during the early 1900s