Specialist Musical Instrument Auctions
The firm of Gardiner Houlgate is established at Corsham, near Bath, and is becoming well-known for specialist musical instrument auctions. The next sale on Thursday and Friday 13th - 14th March will feature an amazing diversity of over a thousand musical instruments from Fender Stratocasters to hurdy-gurdies. The catalogue is well worth browsing - there are some particularly fascinating wind instruments. www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk
But of greatest interest to us is a beautiful and rare Clementi grand piano, number 504, from 1804. It is recorded in Leif Sahlqvist's list (see the Clementi Page)
This beautiful instrument was the property of the late Philip Lancashire, keyboard instrument maker.
It is rare for a piano of this quality to appear at auction. The estimate is £8,000 - £10,000.
Gardiner Houlgate are keen to feature square pianos and other early keyboard instruments in future auctions, and will keep us in touch.
Piano Auctions' December Sale and
Meeting of Friends of Square Pianos
As usual, there was be an informal gathering of Friends of Square Pianos on the viewing day before the sale, Wednesday December 11th, when we about a dozen of us came together. We were particulary happy to welcome two new Friends .
As ever, we offer our thanks to Richard, Terry, and the team for making us welcome.
We all know by now that there never was any such group as 'The Twelve Apostles', but George Garcka was one of them....
He is known to have been in business from at least 1783 - 1795, and this piano is dated 1792.
This piano has been restored at some time. Estimate £600 - £800 Sold for £750
Christopher Ganer, 1781. £600 - £800
A lovely and unspoilt piano. As predicted, it sold well above estimate, but was still good value at £2,100
Frederick Beck, c. 1790 Restored. Estimate £2,000 - £3,000
The reserve was too high on this one, and it did not sell.
Clavichord by John Rawson c.1978. A small fretted clavichord in a walnut case. Estimate £300 - £500.
A beautiful little instrument, with a fine sound. One of the best clavichords I have seen. Excellent value at £880
Harpsichord by William de Blaise, c.1960s. These 'Revival' harpsichords are not fashionable these days, but they are an important part of keyboard instrument history. They were well-made, and as prices are usually reasonable, they can be a lot of fun.
The estimate for this one, in a walnut case, was £600 - £800.
Sold for £500.
All pictures courstesy of Piano Auctions Limited.