The Grovesteen name is one of the more illustrious and prominent manufacturers of the 19th Century. J. H. Grovesteen began building pianos as early as 1825, and ventured into several different successful partnerships over the next several decades. In 1846, Grovesteen went into partnership with William Senior, establishing the Grovesteen & Senior Piano Company in New York. In 1847, the name of the firm changed to Senior & Grovesteen. In 1848, Grovesteen ended his partnership with Senior, and he formed his own company under the Grovesteen & Company name. In 1854, Grovesteen went into partnership with William Truslow, forming the Grovesteen & Truslow Piano Company. His partnership ended with Truslow in 1857, and Grovesteen once again built pianos under his own name until yet another partnership with Joseph Hale in 1861. This firm was known as the Grovesteen & Hale Piano Company. Joseph Hale left the firm in 1863, so once again Grovesteen built pianos under his own name for several years until 1869 when John I. Fuller joined the firm. The firm was then known as Grovesteen & Fuller for the duration of its operation.
Grovesteen was known for building superb instruments, and he earned multiple awards and medals during the 19th Century for piano manufacturing. The firm specialized in a large line of square grand pianos, but added grands and upright by the end of the 19th Century when the square grand went out of fashion. Grovesteen & Fuller was out of business by the first decade of the 20th Century.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA
Grovesteen & Fuller Piano Catalog
Late 19th Century Sales Catalog Featuring The Complete Line Of Pianos Built By The Grovesteen & Fuller Piano Company, Circa About 1882 (Original scans courtesy of www.musicaviva.com)