Twenty or thirty years ago square pianos were worth so little they were often bought to change into writing desks! But just lately there has been a resurgence of interest with groups like Friends of Square Pianos.

'Squares' are still relatively cheap to buy but very expensive to restore, especially if done authentically. So we were lucky to have a 1788 Broadwood, restored by the late Donald Adcock, in our 21 June 2012 sale.

Lot 10 Broadwood (c1788) An early square piano on a trestle base. Hammer price £2,400

Lot 70 Gunther & Nutting A square piano in a rosewood and cut brass inlaid case. Hammer price £2,300 (Pictured right)

Lot 98 Collard & Collard (c1840s) Hammer pice £350

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