grand piano

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

François-Frédéric Guy © 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: unknown

Date: ca. 1840-45

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Bought in 1991 from Ryszard Świadek from Kłodzko (who had bought it there ca. 1950)

Inventory number: MHP 13/I

Description: walnut veneered. Straight-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with two stress bars and a treble capotasto bar. Viennese action with rack dampers. Instrument shortened by cutting the tail by about 500-700 mm, adding a metal rest pin block for the lower part of strings and a bass stress bar (or both bars). Nameplate missing

Measurements: height 340 (900), width 1270, depth 1730 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-a4 – 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. 204-05

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