grand piano

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

Maria João Pires © 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: Kasper Zdrodowski

Date: ca. 1840-1845

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1978 from Teresa Jelinek from Żyrardów

Inventory number: PN-VI-60-81b

Description: rosewood veneered, whole instrument embellished with double-line frames inlaid in tin. Straight-, single- double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four metal stress bars connected crosswise; Viennese action with rack dampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover, a square nameplate inlaid in tin and brass, with a floral ornament reads: K. ZDRODOWSKI / W WARSZAWIE

Measurements: height 345 (865), width 1300, depth 2300 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-a4 – 6⅔ 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. 278; B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 11980, 21987), p. 80

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