grand piano

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

Yulianna Avdeeva © 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: Kasper Zdrodowski

Date: ca. 1850

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Bought in 1988 from Stanisława Kowalewska from Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz

Inventory number: MHP 22/I

Description: rosewood veneered. Straight-, single- double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four metal stress bars and a treble capotasto bar; Viennese action with rack dampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover a square nameplate inlaid in brass reads: K. ZDRODOWSKI / W WARSZAWIE; on the soundboard an illegible ...ecki is inked

Measurements: height 340 (880), width 1400, depth 2300 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. 278-79; B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu  w Opatówku, (Opatówek, 1994)

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