Sauter [Sauter Pianofortemanufaktur]
- Anne Beetem Acker
German (Swabian) piano manufacturer. Johann Grimm (b Spaichingen, Germany, ?1785; d Spaichingen, after 1846) originated the firm in 1819. From 1813 to 1819 Grimm was a journeyman with Streicher in Vienna. In 1819 he returned to his birthplace and opened his own workshop, probably with financial support from Johann Nepomuk Sauter. Sauter’s daughter Maria Monica worked for Grimm as housekeeper, in a de facto marriage. Grimm adopted her illegitimate son, Carl (i) Theodor Sauter (1820–63) and taught him piano making. The Sauter firm owns the only surviving piano labelled as being by Grimm, a small Biedermeier-style upright with a Wornum action, but Grimm likely also made square pianos. By the mid-1840s Carl expanded the workshop, now under his own name, employing a dozen assistants. After Carl’s death, reportedly from an injury related to moving a piano, his widow and eldest son, Johann (1846–1909), continued the firm. Under their direction, production expanded to include grands. In ...