grand piano

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

Nelson Goerner © 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: Antoni Hofer

Date: ca. 1860 (1858?)

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Gifted in 1992 by Iwona Maciejewska, Kalisz

Inventory number: MHP 31/I

Description: pyramid walnut veneered. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four stress bars and a capotasto bar for the highest registers. Viennese action with a damper rack

Inscriptions: A. HOFER / w / Warszawie inlaid in brass and tin on the nameboard, with a geometric floral decoration; a round stamp burned on the hitch pin block saying: ANTON / HOFER / w / WARSZAWIE / 427; 5. GR [?] 58 [?] pencilled on the A2 key lever

Measurements: height 365 (895), width 1355, 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, pp. 226-27

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