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Joseph-Émmanuel Zwiener
fl. circa 1875-1900
An important and rare Grand Piano
Paris, circa 1900
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 264,000 USD
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Joseph-Émmanuel Zwiener
fl. circa 1875-1900
An important and rare Grand Piano
Paris, circa 1900
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 264,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property Formerly from the Palacio Ferreyra, Argentina

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Joseph-Émmanuel Zwiener
fl. circa 1875-1900
An important and rare Grand Piano
Paris, circa 1900
the movement by Erard, veneered in amaranth, sycamore, and fruitwood marquetry and opening to reveal a birds eye maple-veneered interior, inscribed Par Brevet d'Invention Seb. & Pre Erard 13 & 21 rue du Mail Paris, stenciled number 84325 for the serial number movement, the keyboard lid signed in brass inlaid cursive letters Erard/Paris, all gilt bronze mounts with mercurial gilding and two toned burnishing, one lion head-cast chute has been removed to reveal the mark ZN from the bronze master model.
height 3 ft. 5 in.; width 5 ft. 2 in.; length 7 ft. 6 in.
104 cm; 157.5 cm; 228.5 cm
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Catalogue Note

The present magnificent grand piano is clearly based on King Louis XV’s unique roll top desk, known as the Bureau du Roi, which was of the most famous and highly copied works of 18th century French Furniture. The construction of this extraordinary piece began in 1760 by Jean-François Oeben, and was finally delivered to the king in May, 1769, after its completion by Oeben’s successor, Jean-Henri Riesener.  This desk, which took numerous craftsman and “nine years of painstaking work to bring it to perfection”, dominated all of Riesner’s work.

The first 19th century copy of the celebrated Bureau du Roi was made in Paris by either Drexler or Drescher for the 4th Marquess of Hertford between 1853 and 1870, now part of the Wallace Collection in London.  Another important copy was made by Henri Dasson in 1875 and exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1878.  Alfred Beurdeley, Linke and Jean Henri Jansen to name a few also made copies of the desk in the 19th century. 

Joseph-Émmauel Zwiener was equally fascinated with this desk and exhibited his copy at the Exposition de 1889.  He also drew upon the unique design with the construction of this piano, incorporating the signature marquetry and elaborate gilt-bronze mounts directly inspired by the Bureau du Roi.

For a footnote on Zwiener, please see lot  238 in the present sale.

19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property Formerly from the Palacio Ferreyra, Argentina

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New York