However, I have no idea what the model is and when it is from, could you help me out?
The representation of a medal celebrates awards they received at exhibitions in 1851 and 1855. This only tells us that it was made after 1854, as explained at
I'd guess it would be late 1800s, but it is difficult to see any firm clues in the photos. If you can see any numbers inside, especially near the top, these may help...
If you want to search for clues inside the piano, have a look at
if smaller 1.04 could be a late model n°7
Got that from pictures of catalogs in the book "La maison Erard" from René Beaupain
Impressive ivories as they used at those times. The keys have been bleached an polished, may be rebushed too at some point.
ALl those type of pianos I have seen had the soundboard collapsed, despite its little surface , so no pressure from the strings and even the opposite.
The soundboard need to be deposed, dismounted and the ribs re glued in that case. That is how the job is done by restorers of historical instruments.
But yet just working on the action of those pianos necessitate a lot of experience.
Well, I wish you the best with that one. I would be happy to have some sort of collection of those sort of pianos but I need another house for that.
grand models from Erard are often on public sales for very low prices here, the verticals are not even put on sale generally.
Thanks for not leaving that poor piano in the trash .
Bienvenue - welcome to the forum. Having read a great many of your fascinating posts on ''Pianomajeur' and elsewhere, it's good to have someone as knowledgeable as yourself to add to the technical info provided here.
I must admit to having spent many agreeable hours on your photo-blog site, and certainly learnt a lot. As they say a picture can be worth a hundred words.
I'm sure you will be a valuable contributor here.