JULY 2021 — Dreweatts auctioneers is to supply an distinctive non-public assortment of uncommon pianos in a landmark sale on September 23, 2021. The gathering was amassed by David Winston, who holds a Royal Warrant as Restorer and Conservator of Pianos to the Queen of England. It’s comprised of twenty-six distinctive devices relationship from the eighteenth century to current day.
Amongst these anticipated to attain the best bids is a uncommon 1925 Pleyel grand piano fitted with an authentic ‘Auto Pleyela’ self-playing mechanism, in a spectacular Chinoiserie Louis XV case and a outstanding double piano from Pleyel, which is considered one of solely fifty ever made. This mannequin, which has a information value of £30,000-£50,000 (approx. $40,000-60,000), was as soon as owned by the live performance pianist spouse of French author and minister of tradition André Malraux.
Talking concerning the sale, Will Richards, Deputy Chairman of Dreweatts stated, “It’s uncommon to see so many beautiful pianos collectively in a single sale. We’re proud to supply such an excellent assortment of devices of such high quality, historical past, and craftsmanship. Additionally it is very thrilling, as that is the primary time the gathering has been provided in its entirety. Spanning three centuries of workmanship and innovation, this can be a historic sale and a beautiful alternative to personal a chunk of piano historical past.”
The pianos have been collected by one of many world’s foremost piano restorers, David Winston, who has restored a few of the most useful pianos on the earth, together with these owned and performed by the best names in classical music, together with Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt. David Winston has a connoisseur’s eye for distinctive high quality and weird provenance. A lot of his pianos are one-off items with vital historic significance. His assortment represents a lifetime’s ardour coupled with an distinctive depth of data and private involvement.
Commenting, he says, “The very first thing for me is that it should be one thing that no one else has. It should be each a superb musical instrument and a wonderful object. Every was chosen for its’ distinctive place in historical past, artwork and tradition.”