grand piano

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

Cyprien Katsaris © 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: Karol Lehmann

Date: ca. 1850-55

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland (present-day Poland)

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, 1 Kościelna St. 1997, gifted by Zbigniew Dec, Warsaw

Inventory number: MHP 53/I

Description: walnut veneered. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung, composite frame with three stress bars crosswisely connected and a capo tasto bar for the highest half of registers. Viennese action with rack dampers

Inscriptions: on the nameboard inlaid in brass and tin with geometrical-floral decoration, in frame: K. LEHMANN / w Warszawie

Measurements: height 345 (920), width 1380, depth 2400 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. 242

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