grand piano

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

Kevin Kenner © 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: Krall & Seidler

Date: ca. 1835-40

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Bought in 1987 from Tadeusz Mańkowski from Warszawa-Miedzeszyn

Inventory number: MHP 6/I

Description: rosewood veneered. Straight-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with three stress bars and a capotasto bar for the upper part of stringing. Viennese action with rack dampers. Original double-triple stringing has been changed to single-double-triple stringing

Inscriptions: KRALL & SEIDLER / w Warszawie inlaid in brass, copper and tin on the nameboard; a square stamp on the hitch pin block reads: FAB. FORTEPIANÓW / PO / LESZCZYŃSKIM / KRALL & SEIDLER / W WARSZAWIE / No 315

Measurements: height 340 (840), width 1270, depth 1900 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), pp. 238-40; B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu w Opatówku, (Opatówek, 1994)

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