grand piano

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

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: Jan Kerntopf i Syn

Date: ca. 1882-1883

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Gifted in 1997 by Marek Tomaszewski from Zduńska Wola

Inventory number: MHP 52/I

Description: black polished. Straight-, single- double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four stress bars and a treble capotasto bar. Viennese action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: KERNTOPF I SYN / w WARSZAWIE inlaid in brass and mother-of-pearl on the keyboard cover and brass medal plaques (obverse & reverse) with tsar’s head and text in Russian: ALEKSANDR III IMPERATOR VSIEROSIJSKIJ / L. SZTEPPMAN RBZ. [medalist]; and: VSIEROSYJSKAJA VYSTAVKA 1882; on the hitch pin block pressed: 779; on the frame stress bar: 11960

Measurements: height 385 (920), width 1375, depth 1900 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, s. 232-35

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