Last grand piano n°1 of Pauline Viardot Rosewood and rosewood veneer, metal frame
metal frame, it stands on three fluted baluster feet ending with brass castors.
Frame and sash numbered 78427.
Made in December 1898.
Small damages to the veneer and insolate.
H. 99 W. 212 D. 141 cm
- January 20, 1899: given by the ERARD house to Pauline Viardot in Paris, replacing Piano 74305
- 27 January 1903, taken over from Madame Pauline Viardot in Paris by the ERARD company.
- April 12, 1904, bought by Mrs Drake del Castillo in Paris, installed in the castle of Véretz in Indre-et-Loire.
- By family descent in Véretz.
- Pauline Viardot (1821-1910) was a French singer and composer of Spanish origin.
composer of Spanish origin. Daughter of Manuel Garcia, one of the creators of The Barber of Seville
and sister of Maria Malibran, known as La Malibran, a singer who died tragically at the age of 28.
Pauline began by playing the piano under the direction of Franz Liszt. Married to Louis Viardot, critic and director of the
Théâtre des Italiens, she became, in a few years, a leading figure in 19th century music. She was
She was a close friend of Hector Berlioz, Charles Gounod, Camille Saint-Saëns, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, Schuman, Brahms, Gabriel Fauré and Jules Massenet.
She was the mistress of Ivan Tourgueniev. This affair was considered as the most beautiful love story of the XIXth
century by Guy de Maupassant. Pauline Viardot was the owner of several Erard pianos, under the influence of Liszt, great propagandist of the brand