The Chris Maene Collection
Fascinated by Master instrument makers from the past, Chris Maene has been a collector of historical keyboard instruments since his youth.Through family ownership, purchases and gifts, the collection has grown in 50 years into a real 'piano museum' with more than 300 different keyboard instruments. Highlights are an original harpsichord by Hans Ruckers (Antwerp 1632), Dirk Van der Lught (Amsterdam 1775), Shudi-Broadwood ( London 1778) and original fortepianos by Graf, Streicher, Fritz, Wachtl, Longman-Clementi, Broadwood, Wornum, Tomkison, Pleyel, Erard, Pape, Blüthner, Bechstein, Bosendorfer, Steinway & Sons etc.
A lot of these instruments are very valuable pieces and some were restored to use during concerts and CD recordings.
To keep the collected instruments together and safeguard them for the future, Chris Maene together with his sons Dominique and Frederic brought the collection under the "Chris Maene Collection BV" in 2016. The collection is prepared for the future and managed by a passionate team, consisting of :
Chris Maene, collection master
Dominique Maene, management and logistics
Frederic Maene, technical control
Tine Mannaerts, management assistant, website content manager
Pascale Vandervellen, curator Musical Instruments Museum Brussels
Pieter Bouckaert, Antique Collector and Historical Keyboards specialist
Piet Meersschaut, photographer
Contact details :
Chris Maene Collection B.V.
Tel. +32 51 68 64 37