grand piano

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Wojciech Świtała © The Fryderyk Chopin Institute
(01:30 english translation: “straight from the grave” should be “straight-strung”)

grand piano

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 31 Simple chordophones or zithers / 314 Board zithers / 314.1 True board zithers / 314.1-4-8 True board zithers sounded by hammers or beaters, with keyboard

Piano maker: Krall & Seidler

Date: ca. 1845

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1983 from Aleksandra Krauze from Ursus n. Warsaw (now Warsaw)

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-30, formerly PN-VI-60-127

Description: rosewood veneered. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four metal stress bars and a capo tasto bar for the upper half of stringing. Viennese action with rack dampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover, a rectangular label inlaid in brass, copper and tin, with a floral decoration: Krall & Seidler / w Warszawie; on the hitch pin block, a rectangular plate with a stamp: FAB: FORTEPIANÓW / PO / LESZCZYŃSKIM / KRALL & SEIDLER / W WARSZAWIE / No 736; penciled on the keyboard frame and the back-check slat: L. 736

Measurements: height 360 (880), width 1365, depth 2400 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: A2-a4 – 7 octaves, two pedals – una corda and dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: B. Vogel, Fortepian polski. Budownictwo fortepianów na ziemiach polskich od poł. XVIII w. do II wojny światowej, (Warszawa 1995), pp. 238-240; B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu w Opatówku, (Opatówek 1994); B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 21987) p. 46

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