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: Antoni Hofer

Date: ca. 1863

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Własność Muzeum Narodowego w Warszawie (nr inw. SZMb 2022 MNW), podarowany przez Stanisława Kulbakę w 1979, depozyt w Muzeum Historii Przemysłu w Opatówku

Inventory number: MHP 23/I

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

Inscriptions: A. Hofer / w / WARSZAWIE inlaid in brass on the keyboard cover and decorated with geometric floral motifs; a round stamp pressed on the hitch pin block reads: ANTON / HOFER / w / WARSZAWIE / 722; model / 1 penciled on the H2 damper’s head

Measurements: height 370 (880), width 1380, depth 2350 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, s. 226-27; B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu  w Opatówku, Opatówek 1994

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