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Due to the current Covid 19 situation we have had to change our sale dates, venue and procedures (please see below.) Please note that all viewing will comply with current NHS England guidelines and social distancing will be strictly enforced. We will have a supply of PPE for our clients in the form of face masks, latex gloves and hand sanitiser. All keyboards will be cleaned on a regular basis. 


We will be holding the viewing for this auction at:

G&R Piano Removals
6a Langley Business Centre


Viewing for this auction is strictly by appointment only. We have extended our viewing days to five days as follows ;

Saturday 4th July 9am-5pm, Sunday 5th July 9am-5pm, Monday 6th July 9am-5pm, Tuesday 7th July 9am-5pm and Wednesday 8th July 9am-5pm

Please note that there will be no viewing on auction day.

To book your viewing appointment, please call us on 01234 831742 or email us at

For people who cannot come to the viewing, we are happy to supply full condition reports, extra photographs and video clips on request. Our piano specialists will also be happy to discuss any of the pianos in this auction with you, over the telephone.


This auction will be held online and in real time at 12 noon on 9th July 2020.

Bidding online: you can bid online by registering with one of the following; (an extra charge of 4.95% + VAT applies.) (a £3 registration fee applies.)

Telephone Bidding: You can book a telephone line with us to bid over the phone. Lines are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All telephone bids must be booked with the auctioneer by 11am on the morning of the auction.

Commission Bidding: You may leave a written bid. The auctioneer will then bid incrementally on your behalf during the sale up to the maximum amount you have chosen. If the final bid is less than your maximum bid, you will only have to pay this lower price.


For this auction the method of payment will be Bank Transfer. All lots must be paid for in full by 4pm on Monday 13th July 2020. Please note all bids will be subject to a 20% Buyer’s Premium plus VAT.


All lots must be collected by 4pm on Monday 13th July 2020. If you are using another carrier other than G&R Piano Removals, they will need to arrange a collection time and date directly with G&R Piano Removals. Pianos not collected by this time will incur a storage charge. Please note lots can not be released to the buyer until payment has been received.

Please see our full terms and conditions for bidding at our auction


The square piano arrived in England at some point in the c1760’s and gave affluent society a first taste of an instrument that allowed variation in volume – the term piano forte means soft loud. They quickly became an essential item in fashionable houses and surprisingly large numbers still exist. Although perhaps not up to sustaining a vigorous rendition of ‘Great Balls of Fire’ by Jerry Lee Lewis, they are still a delight for those who enjoy recreating contemporary music and appreciate beautifully made period furniture.

We are pleased to be offering these four examples in our Auction Sale of the 9th July 2020.

Lot 59  Jacobus Ball (c1794)
A square piano in a mahogany case on a trestle base. The fascia bearing the inscription ‘Jacobus Ball Londini Fecit 1794 ‘Patent’ Duke Street Grosvenor Square.’ Estimate:  £1,000 – 1,500.

Lot 43  Longman & Broderip (c1780’s)
A square piano in a mahogany case on a tray base with a 4 ½ octave compass. The fascia bearing the inscription 'Longman and Broderip, Musical Instrument Makers, No 26 Cheapside and No 13 Haymarket, London'. Estimate:  £800 – 1,200.

Lot 67  Clementi & Co (c1810)
A square piano in a mahogany case with ebony stringing and rosewood crossbanding, with applied ormolu edging.  Supported on a lyre shaped frame with one pedal. The fascia bearing the inscription ‘New Patent Clementi & Co., Cheapside, London’. Estimate:  £700 – 1,000.

Lot 76  Thomas Tomkison  (c1820’s)
A cabinet piano in a mahogany and inlaid case with turned front supports. The fascia bearing the inscription ‘Thomas Tomkison Dean Street, Soho, Maker to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent’. The front having an ormolu border to a rosette fabric panel. Estimate:  £600 – 800.

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