Pleyel was one of the most celebrated piano manufacturers in France
Pleyel of Paris is one of the oldest and most celebrated piano manufacturers in the world. Pleyel pianos were widely celebrated by history’s preeminent pianists during the Romanic period such as Frederick Chopin, etc. Pleyel pianos were primarily distributed throughout major European countries, hence their relative rarity in The United States today.
The following historical information was provided to us by the estate:
Jean Jude is a leading authority on Pleyel piano (you can search his television interviews by searching his name). He has written a book on Pleyel pianos (Pleyel 1757-1857, las passion d’un siècle) and is in the process of writing a second book, which a photo of this piano is to be included.
The piano number is 19223. The cabinetmaker was Charles Nicolas HERRIG 1822-1869 in the style of Louis XV. This piano started production June 1853 and completed in February 1854. It is described in the archives as rosewood veneer with golden bronze sculptures (bronze with gold leaf). It was sold on August 17, 1854, for 3000 francs to the Pereire family (a famous rich family) of Paris, France. They were well-known bankers who shaped the landscape of Paris real estate. You can find a great deal of information online about their careers in the 1800’s.
These early upright pianos have a light, delicate tone quality that is very pleasing to the ear. This instrument will be restored to like-new condition, both inside and out, with the restoration done with a historical perspective in mind.
This is a rare opportunity to own an irreplaceable part of musical history!