grand piano

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

Alexander Romanovsky © 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: Józef Budynowicz

Date: ca. 1850

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1978 from Andrzej Pietrzak from Warsaw

Inventory number: PN-VI-60-79

Description: pyramid walnut veneered. Straight-, single- double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four metal stress bars connected crosswise; Viennese action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover, a square nameplate inlaid in tin, copper and brass, with a geometric floral ornament reads: J: BUDYNOWICZ / w Warszawie

Measurements: height 350 (900), width 1340, depth 2360 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), p. 205; B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 11980, 21987), p. 32

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