Peter Ouvrier is first listed as a piano maker in New York City in the early 1840s. In 1846, Ouvrier went into partnership with Martin Martins, forming the successful firm of “Martins & Ouvrier”. Martins & Ouvrier built higher grade square grand and upright pianos for several years, and they enjoyed a superb reputation. Their instruments were very reminiscent of their European contemporaries in design and construction. Martins & Ouvrier was dissolved in 1867, at which time Peter Ourvier, along with his three sons Julius, Louis and Charles, formed the firm of “Ourvier & Sons”. Peter Ouvrier retired in about 1880, and his sons reestablished their firm as “Ouvrier Brothers” in 1882. Ouvrier Brothers continued building pianos up until the end of the 19th Century.
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19th Century Advertisement For Ouvrier & Sons Piano Company, New York City
19th Century Advertisement For Martins & Ouvrier Piano Makers, New York City