grand piano

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

Alexander Melnikov © 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. 1845-1850

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Bought in 1988 from Elżbieta Siarkiewicz from Kalisz

Inventory number: MHP 5/I

Description: rosewood veneered. Straight-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four stress bars and a capotasto bar for the upper part of stringing. Viennese action with rack dampers

Inscriptions: a longitudinal namelabel on the keyboard cover inlaid in brass and decorated with geometrical-floral motifs reads: J. BUDYNOWICZ / w Warszawie; Walewska (?) is inked on the soundboard in the tail part; K. N. 49 is penciled on the escapements’ cover slat

Measurements: height 355 (915), width 1400, depth 2430 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, pp. 205; B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu w Opatówku, Opatówek 1994

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