It is not often that we can add to the description of a piano with the phrase ‘with bells on’ but that is exactly the case with Lot 55, the Carl Kolbe, 1825 Viennese grand piano.  Turkish music was a popular fad at about this time and ‘Janissary Music’ is more or less, music written in the Turkish style.  Fully restored and a rare instrument, we were indeed privileged to offer this in our 12 June 2014 auction.

Lot 55 Carl Kolbe, Gotha (c1825)  
A Viennese grand piano the walnut case boxwood strung and gilt metal mounted, raised on gilt decorated gun-barrel turned legs, united by a stretcher with an ebonised lyre; the fascia with pierced gilt metal mounted motifs and enamelled name plate. Compass F' to f'''' (6 octaves). It has four pedals; shift, sustain, moderator (celeste) and a pedal for Janissary music. This instrument was restored by Georg F. Senn in 1978. A full history accompanies this instrument including a reported association with Johannes Brahms.   (Pictured Right)

Hammer Price £19,000

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