Rare Cottage Size Upright Piano By French Maker Blanchet Fils
Blanchet Fils was a small, family owned shop based in Paris from about 1835 – 1855. Surviving instruments suggest that these instruments were hand-made with exceptional quality and craftsmanship – only the finest product was good enough to bear the family name. It appears that very few of these instruments were actually built, and they are exceedingly rare today. Because the name Blanchet Fils is not one that is well known or built in mass quantity does not mean the instrument isn’t a quality piece – in fact, the opposite is more often true. We find that the rarest and most obscure pianos can often be the most well-made and desirable instruments.
This rare little piano is done in a black lacquer finish with exquisitely crafted brass ormolu trim. These elaborately decorated instruments were among the highest-grade, most expensive instruments in 19th Century Europe. Once restored, the instrument will have a beautiful soft harp-like tone quality typical of instruments in 19th Century France.
This piano will be restored, both inside and out, with a historical perspective in mind. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of 19th Century French Craftsmanship at its finest!