Historical pianos ranging from 1760 to 1860 set to be auctioned off next month

15 February 2023
By Ellie Palmer
A collection of instruments and antiques – including 29 pianos – belonging to the late Prof. Dr. Rudolf Ewerhart will be up for auction in Germany on 18 March


Almost 30 pianos of various prices and sizes will be available for auction next month. Among the 29 listed, there are square pianos, Erard pianos, Broadwood pianos and many more fascinating instruments. 

"Bundfreies Clavichord von Christoph Friedrich Schmahl, Regensburg 1805." Starting price: €7,000


Prices for the pianos range from a mere €10 up to more than €14,000. Alongside the 29 pianos up for auction are a range of other musical instruments and antiques, including violins, music stands and harps.


"Italienisches Virginal von Baptista Cargnonus Salodij, Salo 1682." Starting price: €14,000


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The collection of instruments and antiques belonged to the late Prof. Dr. Rudolf Ewerhart (1928-2022). Dr Ewerhart was a German teacher, conductor, organist and instrument collector among many other things. A lot of the instruments up for auction were previously kept at Ewerhart's late Baroque castle in Wassenach, where he lived with his wife Helena. From 1996 onwards, he held various concerts in the castle at which newly acquired or freshly restored instruments from his collection were featured.

"Physharmonika von Michael Schweighofer, Wien um 1830-1840." Starting price: €500


Ewerhart's research focus was primarily on Baroque music. He recorded quite a few Baroque works for the first time, and even tracked down a few unknown works from Handel himself. Baroque is a tricky era to master at the piano. Want to give it a go? Try out our Play Baroque digital special – full of Baroque scores for all levels and masterclasses.


Burghaus Wassenach, located roughly 60km south of the city of Bonn


Interested buyers can view the instruments in advance of the auction between 11-17 March at Burghaus Wassenach in Germany. The auction itself with then take place on 18 March from 1pm local time onwards. More information on the event can be found here.

Main image: "Tafelklavier von muzio Clementi, London um 1810"