02 Jul 2020
December 19, 2017 - Filed under: Auctions — Richard

Eight years ago, an Oxfordshire couple discovered that the piano in their local church used for choir practice and recitals was once owned by Queen Victoria. It is now being sold at Sherwood Phoenix, a Nottingham piano shop, where it is expected to be sold for a six-figure sum.

Antiques associated with Queen Victoria are sold for large sums. Queen Victoria’s billiard table fetched $1.6m and some of her underwear made £16,250 in a 2016 Christie’s auction.

Stephen Pringle of Sherwood Phoenix said:

“This piano is such a one-off with such an incredible provenance. I can see this piano going to a modern-day royal family, serious collector or, perhaps, to a great female performer on the international circuit.”

The piano is a rosewood boudoir grand piano made by master piano makers John Broadwood & Sons. It was delivered to Buckingham Palace on November 11, 1887, for the personal use of Queen Victoria. It features turned and carved feet has a decorated lyre and a scrolled music desk. All the piano fittings are solid brass.

After Queen Victoria died, the world-famous soprano Marie Fillunger used the piano. She had an affair with Eugenie Schumann, the daughter of composers Clara Schumann and Robert Shuman. Eugenie played the piano at Fillinger’s home in Kensington, London.

You are unlikely to find any royal pianos at Lancashire antique shops, but you will see late Victorian furniture made with the same craftsmanship and care seen in Queen Victoria’s Broadwood piano.

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