A non-public assortment of uncommon vintage and up to date pianos is quickly to be out there on the market. The American collector and restorer David Winston is placing a set of 26 devices on the open marketplace for public sale. Winston holds a Royal Warrant as restorer and conservator of pianos to HM Queen Elizabeth II.
The set of pianos dates from the 18th century to the current day. Among the many most precious of the gathering is the 1925 Pleyel grand piano, which has been fitted with an authentic ‘Auto Pleyela’ mechanism. Full with a Chinoiserie Louis XV case, it’s estimated to fetch between £40,000 and £60,000.
One other of the Pleyel pianos is a double piano, one in every of solely 50 ever made. It was purchased in 1946 by pianist Madeline Lious, spouse of the French novelist and politician Andre Malraux. The piano travelled backwards and forwards throughout the Atlantic along with her. It was just lately used on tour in Paris and London for a recreation of the premiere efficiency of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, wherein two Pleyel Double Grands had been used. It comes with a information value of £30,000-£50,000.
One other of the devices featured within the assortment was purchased instantly from the second RMS Mauretania, the biggest ocean liner in England of its time, when it was decommissioned in 1965. It has an Artwork Deco walnut case.
There may be additionally a really early Bluthner piano courting from 1854, which options signatures from musicians of the day, together with the Polish pianist and composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who went on to grow to be the prime minister of Poland.
One of David Winston’s original pianos included in the collection is a copy of a Viennese fortepiano designed in 1991, and played in recent years by pianist Imogen Cooper, in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. It was the first piano ever built by Winston and is considered his best, having been used in recordings and concerts by leading musicians.
Who is David Winston?
David Winston is one of the top piano restorers in the world, holding a Royal Warrant as restorer and conservator of pianos for HM The Queen. He has restored some of the world’s most valuable pianos, including those owned and played by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.
Winston originally trained as a violin maker before moving into keyboard instruments. He established his Period Piano Company in 1976 and was awarded the Royal Warrant in 2012.
The David Winston Piano Collection will be auctioned by Dreweatts on Thursday 23 September. The auction catalogue will be available online one month before the sale.