grand piano

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

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: Wilhelm Troschel

Date: ca. 1837-1840

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1982 from Stanisława Świąder from Wola Bierwiecka

Inventory number: MOK VII-FZ-035, formerly PN-VI-60-120

Description: walnut veneered. Straight-, double-, triple-strung; two metal frame stress bars and a treble capo tasto bar. Viennese action with rack dampers. Pedal lyre missing

Inscriptions: over the keyboard, an oval printed paper label featuring a lyre, bell and Apollo’s head, embellished with a floral ornament, in an ormolu frame, under glass: WILHELM TROSCHEL / w / Warszawie

Measurements: height 340 (900), width 1295, depth 2350 mm

Materials: wood, metal, animal bone

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-f4 – 6½ 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. 269-270; B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 21987) p. 66

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