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. 1870

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Gifted in 1999 by Ida Kuchn from Kalisz

Inventory number: MHP 58/I

Description: rosewood veneered. Cross-, single- double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four stress bars and a capotasto bar for the upper part of stringing. Viennese action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: Małecki / w WARSZAWIE inlaid in brass and coral on the nameboard alongside the obverse and reverse of a medal from a 1867 Paris exhibition: NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR  / Z. MÜNCHHEIMER F.  [Warsaw medalist Karol Zygmunt Münchheimer] and EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE MDCCCLXVII A PARIS / MAŁECKI & SZREDER / Z. MÜNCHHEIMER F. ; 698 pressed on the hitch pin block's left side

Measurements: height 360 (900), width 1390, depth 1960 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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