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: Fiodor Wasilewicz (Wilhelm?) Schiller

Date: ca. 1855

Village / Town: St. Petersburg

Country: Russia

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1982 from Waldemar Wąsik from Bydgoszcz

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-011, formerly PN-VI-60-124

Description: black polished. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with three metal stress bars and a treble capo tasto bar. English single repetition action with over dampers

Inscriptions: inlaid in tin on the keyboard cover: F. W. SCHILLER. / St. Petersburg.; penciled on many parts: No 173; on the inside of the left wall, two damaged rectangular paper stickers, printed on a white and dark blue background, embellished with pictures of grand pianos and a floral ornament, reading in Russian: F. W. SCHILLER / FORTEPIANNYJ FABRIKANT / St. PETERBURG / ... MORSKOJ / w domie / Malachowa No 18; No / MAGAZIN ROJALEJ / A. A. BARTELS / St. PETERBURG / Kazanskaja ulica d. No 48 - 2; penciled in Russian on the front slat’s back: No 173 Staszow Apchowicz [?]; penciled in Russian on the right keyboard block: Nastraivał z... Paderovič / No 173 / 1912 g. / Nast. Stokszir 15/Juni

Measurements: height 355 (915), width 1380, depth 2100 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, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 21987) p. 62; A.V. Keller, Die Handwerker in St. Petersburg von der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts bis zum Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges 1914, (Frankfurt am Main 2002), p. 545

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