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: Jan Woźnicki

Date: ca. 1853-1854

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1978 from Janina Skalska from Skierniewice

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-022, formerly PN-VI-60-78

Description: rosewood veneered. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four stress bars and a treble capo tasto bar. Viennese action with rack dampers. Renovated by “Ton” in Bydgoszcz in 1981

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover, a rectangular label inlaid in brass and tin, embellished with a floral ornament: J. WOZNICKI / w Warszawie

Measurements: height 350 (880), width 1340, depth 2260 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. 276; B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 21987), p. 76

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