grand piano

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

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: Julian Małecki

Date: ca. 1883

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Gifted in 1993 by Wojciech Krenz from Kalisz

Inventory number: MHP 36/I

Description: black polished. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung; full metal cast frame with five stress bars and a capotasto bar for the upper part of the stringing. Viennese action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: the keyboard cover features four medal plaques (obverse & reverse) from 1867 Paris and 1873 Vienna exhibitions: NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR / L.M. [medalist ?], WELTAUSSTELLUNG 1873 WIEN / DEM VERDIENSTE.,  EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE MDCCCLXVII A PARIS. / J. MAŁECKI / Z. MÜNCHEIMER F.  [Warsaw medalist Karol Zygmunt Münchheimer], FRANZ JOSEPH I KAISER VON OESTERREICH KOENIG VON BOEHM. ETC. APO. KOEN. VON UNGARN. ; MAŁECKI / w WARSZAWIE inlaid in brass the keyboard cover; N 3 / 1627 pressed on the hitch pin block

Measurements: height 365 (920), width 1445, depth 2000 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), p. 246-47; B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu w Opatówku (Opatówek 1994)

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