Rare French Cottage Upright By Blanchet Fils

Rare Cottage Size Upright Piano By French Maker Blanchet Fils

$45,000 after total restoration
(not including applicable sales tax & shipping charges)
DEPOSITS: The restoration of this instrument has not been completed. A 30% deposit is required on instruments pending restoration. This deposit holds the instrument and keeps it from being offered to another clients, and it also makes that piano's restoration a priority. Once we complete the restoration, we invite the client to visit our shop to see and hear the piano. If the client is unable to visit our shop, we will send professional photos and videos of the piano for review. The client then has the option of paying the balance and purchasing the piano, transferring their balance to another piano in our shop, or getting a full refund for their deposit. The client is never at risk.
For Sale
YEAR: 1850
FINISH: Black Lacquer with Brass Ormolu
STATUS: Pending Restoration

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!