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: Johann Baptist Streicher und Sohn

Date: 1863

Village / Town: Vienna

Country: Austrian Empire, present-day Austria

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1978 from Józef Plewnia from Grzawa near Pszczyna

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-020, formerly PN-VI-60-83

Description: walnut veneered. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung; two metal frame stress bars and a treble capotasto bar. Streicher’s English single repetition action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover, inlaid in brass, embellished with a floral ornament: J. B. STREICHER / K. K. HOF & KAMMER-PIANOFORTE-VERFERTIGER / & SOHN in WIEN; on the soundboard, an oval printed paper sticker: No (6155) / J. B. STREICHER / & SOHN / vormals N. Streicher geb. Stein und Sohn / WIEN. / (63) / (1550)stamped on the pin block: 31/02

Measurements: height 380 (935), width 1345, depth 2365 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, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 21987) p. 64;  Katalog der Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, Teil 1, Seitenklaviere, (Wien 1966) pp. 30-31, 51-52; R. Hopfner, Wiener Musikinstrumentenmacher 1766-1900, (Tutzing 1999), p. 491

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