lyre piano

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

lyre 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: unknown

Date: ca. 1830

Village / Town: Vienna?

Country: Austro-Hungry / present-day Austria

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Bought in 1980 from Beata Gościmska from Warsaw

Inventory number: MHP 14/I

Description: mahogany veneered. Upper doors reminiscent of a Greek lyre, filled with green silk; louvered keyboard cover. Obliquely-, double-, triple-strung. Right side hitch pin block; Viennese standing action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: at the top of the casings’ back, a printed sticker of the Gebr. Hertling G. m. b. H. forwarding agent from Charlottenburg with the no. 470; tone marks inked on the hitch pin block (most of tuning pins not original)

Measurements: height 2120, width 1470, depth 210 (650) mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-a4 – 6¾ octaves, two knee levers – 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

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