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"I've got Liszt's piano in my car could you come and take a look?" If it had been anyone but Solveig then I would have had serious doubts as to their mental health status.. but it WAS Solveig and so I wandered over to have a look. I hasten to add - I know nothing about pianos.. I wish I could play, I own a square one (wooden framed) but I also own a computer and she is thinking of selling. I'm aware that no valuations are given here so on Solveigs behalf I'm wondering where to turn to and if somebody can offer some more information as to age etc.
When I reached her car I was handed a well worn box containing a short keyboard. According to what Solveig was told this was bought from Liszt's estate and the story goes he used it to practice while travelling to concerts. The original buyer sold it on and then it ended up with Solveig. Both previous owners are now dead and there appears to be no confirming paperwork. Personally I would have expected something a bit more ornate or higher quality but there it is. Apparently she was once offered the equivalent to £500 from an antique dealer (we live in Sweden) So, there's no provenance - but just the notion that I could have Liszt's silent keyboard nearby is so bizarre I can't help asking is this at all possible? On a more practical note - If she does decide to try and sell this what should it actually be called? ' practice keyboard?' and are there any suggestions as to possible age? I can find no markings on it at all.. finally is Ebay the best option? Thankyou for any advice given, Kelpie.
I suppose the cynic in me would have to say that almost every piano that is said to have belonged to a famous composer or a monarch proves to be wrong, but it is an interesting thought.
Ebay is the easy option, but a really good auction house with good website facilities might be able to make more of it, so it is worth talking to them. The case is a quite functional, logical design, but you need an antiques expert to decide if there are any other furniture clues to its age.
I would be interested to hear about your square piano too.
As for my square piano (Rädicker & Lunau) then as of today it's being moved to a new owner! In it's place is a newer (ca 1870 I've been told) square piano (August Hoffman) This as a result of me overhearing a conversation regarding it being destined to be scrapped by the end of the week as it had stood unwanted for a year at our local charity shop. I decided to keep the A. Hoffman and after a frantic search finally found a new owner for the Lunau.
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