Gaveau, established in 1847, was one of Europe's most pre-eminent piano manufacturers known for its technical innovation and quality of production.

The firm was founded in Paris by Joseph Gaveau (d. 1803) in 1847, initially from a small shop at the rue des Vinaigriers, and later the workshop and offices were transferred to the rue Servan.

Following the succession of Gaveau’s son Etienne as director of the firm, a large factory was constructed at Fontenay-sous-Bois. In 1907, a new concert hall, Salle Gaveau in the rue la Boëtie was opened, emulating the example of other leading piano-makers, in particular their great rival Pleyel, and the firm moved to offices in this street from 1908.

Gaveau Co. Gaveau 1847-1947, Cent Ans Au Service De La Musique. Gaveau 1847-1947, Imprimerie Lafayette, (Paris), 1947.

Les Pianos De Concert Gaveau, Imprimerie Diéval, n.d, (Paris) .