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Discussions about Russian History => Imperial Russian Antiques => Topic started by: Rowena on December 06, 2004, 10:41:15 AM

Title: Beautiful Becker Grand Piano
Post by: Rowena on December 06, 2004, 10:41:15 AM
Hi All,

Our piano which is rumoured to have belonged to the Imperial family is up for auction on Thursday. We have had a Russian expert research its history and he concluded that he "would put the Becker piano no: 21372 into the category of memorial instruments which once belonged to the Russian Imperial family". Due to its rare design and distinctive features he also advises that this instrument should be elevated to the highest category. It is a monument to Russian culture of the period and one that would complement any fine collection of keyboard instruments.      

If anyone is interested in viewing or bidding for this piano, all the details can be found on the following website: www.pianoauctions.co.uk

Thanks,

Rowena
Title: Re: Beautiful Becker Grand Piano
Post by: JD on December 06, 2004, 12:44:11 PM
That is a beautiful piano...how did you come into its possession?
Title: Re: Beautiful Becker Grand Piano
Post by: Rowena on December 07, 2004, 03:27:15 AM
Hi there,

My Mother's Aunt, Eugenie Schneider, lived in Luxemburg. In the 1930s she married  Polydore Verscheure, a member of a rich and influential family in Belgium. His father was a millionaire politician and industrialist (he was the leader of a political party).  Eugenie and Polydore lived in Brussels in the Verscheure family home. Later after the break up of their marriage, Eugenie returned to her parents in Luxembourg where she lived until she died in January 2004. As a result of events she had acquired this piano.
When speaking of her life, Eugenie Schneider frequently stated that her former husband Polydore Verscheure had received this piano as a gift from a high-ranking Russian (or Belgian) diplomat and that it had previously belonged to Tsar Nicholas II.

We really hoped to prove the provenance before the sale, but it would seem that it is a difficult and very time-consuming process.

Rowena