We all love Clementi's pianos. Those from the early years of the nineteenth century are particularly attractive, with their charming painted flower decorations Properly restored they can be amongst the sweetest-sounding of all early pianos, and with light action and responsive touch, they are delightful to play.
We will also include a gallery of the flower paintings. The piano in the picture above should look familar - its nameboard provided the basis for the header for all the pages on this website. Each nameboard is hand-painted, so no two are exactly the same. There are, however, just a few basic designs, and the same designs are also found on pianos by other makers, such as Rolfe.,
Watch this space!
Much has been written about Muzio Clementi the composer, but at this year's Finchcocks Weekend (May 11th - 12th) we were privileged to welcome Leif Sahlqvist to present his work of many years on the Clementi pianos. We are especially fortunate that Leif has agreed that a PDF based on his study may be placed on this website. It includes the long-awaited definitive list of serial numbers and dates of the pianos. We express our grateful thanks to Leif for this.
This work is freely available to all for private study, but please respect Leif's copyright, and do not use it for further publication.
As a PDF, it has the advantage over a printed paper that it will be updated from time to time, as further information becomes available. So if you have any comments or suggestions, or particularly if you know of any Clementi pianos that are not in the lists, please let me know, email David on firstname.lastname@example.org
The version below has been updated by Leif in July 2013, and includes the benefits of further research, and contributions by Friends. In particular, the gap between the last piano to go out under the Clementi name, and the first to call itself a Collard and Collard, has been narrowed. The first C&C remains as number 24819, but Clementi number 24402 was offered for sale on these pages in July 2013. Of course, the pianos themselves are identical....
Please click on the Icon below to download the PDF.
...and here is an updated appendix of numbers.