Antique Chickering Concert Grand Pianos
Antique Chickering Concert Grand Pianos are pianos produced by the American manufacturer Chickering & Sons.
History & Description
Chickering & Sons was one of the leading American piano manufacturers in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Founded in 1823 by Jonas Chickering and James Stewart in Boston, Massachusetts, the company was renowned for producing pianos of superb design and quality and their instruments won numerous awards. Chickering & Sons was the largest piano supplier and manufacturer in America during the mid-nineteenth century until it was surpassed by Steinway in the late 1860s.
Guide for collectors
As the majority of antique pianos are over a hundred years old, it is likely that they will either be in poor condition or will have at one point been restored. Buying unrestored antique pianos on the open market is rare but they can be a very strong investment.
Not only do original, unrestored pianos sell for a fraction of their potential value, but once restored, they can be sold up to ten times their original price.
Unrestored antique Chickering Concert Grand Pianos, depending on their condition, can be bought for under $800. Restoration is not cheap and can cost as much as $15,000 but it is necessary if you want get the most revenue out of your investment. A restored Chickering Concert Grand Piano typically sells between $20,000 and $35,000.
Notable auction sales
On August 31st 2006 at Antiquarian Traders in Beverly Hills, California, a fully restored art case rosewood Chickering 9’ Concert Grand Piano, circa 1867, realised a price of $31,500.
On September 28th 2006 at Antiquarian Traders in Beverly Hills, California, a fully restored art case rosewood Chickering 9’ Concert Grand Piano, circa 1867, realised a price of $22,50,
On December 31st 2005 at Rose Auction House Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a fully restored rosewood Chickering 9’ Concert Grand Piano, circa 1877, realised a price of $18,500.
On May 7th 2006 at DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan, an unrestored art case satinwood Chickering 8’8” Concert Grand Piano, circa 1895, realised a price of $7,500.