upright piano

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

upright 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: Stanisław Kowalik

Date: ca. 1930

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Poland

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1988 from Anna Stachyra from Warsaw

Inventory number: MHP 12/I

Description: black lacquered. Cross-, single-, double-, triple-strung. Full metal frame with hitch pin block’s armour. English sticker repetition action with underdampers

Inscriptions: S. Kowalik inlaid in brass on the keyboard cover; S. KOWALIK, WARSZAWA / 172 cast on the hitch pin block armour

Measurements: height 1340, width 1570, depth 360 (670) mm

Materials: wood, metal, celluloid

Keyboard compass, stops: A2-a4 – 7 octaves, two pedals – piano and dampers, moderator with a hand lever

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. 238; B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu w Opatówku, (Opatówek, 1994)

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