grand piano

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

Jan Lisiecki © 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: Erard

Date: 1849

Village / Town: Paris

Country: France

Owner: Fryderyk Chopin Institute. Bought in 2003 from Edwin Beunk & Johan Wennink, Historische Pianos, Enschede, Netherlands

Inventory number: MC/190

Description: rosewood veneered. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung, composite frame with six metal stress bars, English double escapement action with underdampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover inlaid in brass: Erard. In many places pressed: 21118; on the damper lever A2 inked: 1849 S; on the soundboard in black paint: Par Brevet D’ Invention / Erard a Paris / /49;  on the left side of two frame stress bars pressed: CHATILLON S. S.

Measurements: height 350 (955), width 1400, depth 2430 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: A2-a4 – 7 octaves, two pedals – una corda and dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: D. Pawlak, ‘Érard’, Encyklopedia muzyczna PWM, vol. 3, ed. E. Dziębowska (Kraków, 1987);  E. M. Frederick, ‘Erard, Sébastien (et Frères)’, Encyclopedia of Keyboard Instruments, vol. 1 The Piano, ed. R. Palmieri (New York, 1994)

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