grand piano

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

Yulianna Avdeeva © 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: Cyprian Szczerbiński

Date: ca. 1859

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1987 from Wacław Auleytner from Warsaw. It had belonged to his family since the second half of the 19th century

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-009

Description: mahogany veneered. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with three metal stress bars and a capo tasto bar for the upper half of stringing. Viennese action with rack dampers. Re-polished in black

Inscriptions: inlaid in brass and tortoiseshell on the keyboard cover: C. SZCZERBIŃSKI / w Warszawie; on the hitch pin block, a rectangular plaque with a stamp: FABR: FORTEPIANÓW / SZCZERBIŃSKI / w / WARSZAWIE / No 7

Measurements: height 360 (890), width 1360, depth 1950 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. 266

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