grand piano

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

Yulianna Avdeeva © The Fryderyk Chopin Institute

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: Maksymilian Hochhauser

Date: ca. 1841

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland (present-day Poland)

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. 1979, bought from Maria Polańska, Klarysew near Warsaw

Inventory number: PN-VI-60-87

Description: rosewood veneered, richly embellished with tin inlaid geometrical-floral ornaments. Straight-, double-, triple-strung (original stringing remade to single-double-triple-stringing), composite frame with three stress bars crosswisely connected. Viennese action with rack dampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover inlaid in tin with geometrical-floral decoration: M. Hochhauser / w Warszawie; on the left side of the soundboard a fragment of the round stamp: [Ho]chhauser.

Measurements: height 360 (890), width 1250, depth 2350 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-g4 – 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), p. 226; B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 11980, 21987), p. 38

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