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: Fryderyk Hintz

Date: ca. 1870-80

Village / Town: Kalisz

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

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, 1 Kościelna St. 1988, bought from Jan Karwowski, Gostynin

Inventory number: MHP 15/I

Description: mahogany veneered. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung, composite frame with three stress bars and a capo tasto bar for the highest register. Viennese action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: on the nameboard inlaid in tin rectangular nameplate in frame: F. HINTZ / KALISZ.

Measurements: height 360 (920), width 1430, depth 2000 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, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu  w Opatówku, (Opatówek, 1994); B. Vogel, Fortepian polski. Budownictwo fortepianów na ziemiach polskich od poł. XVIII w. do II wojny światowej, (Warszawa, 1995), p. 255

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