grand piano

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

Kevin Kenner © 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: Jan Kerntopf

Date: ca. 1845

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1979 from Leonarda Ludwig from Piotrków Trybunalski

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-021, formerly PN-VI-60-99

Description: rosewood veneered. Straight-, single- double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four metal stress bars; Viennese action with rack dampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover, a nameplate inlaid in tin, with a geometric floral ornament reads: J. KERNTOPF / w Warszawie; pressed on the hitch pin block there is: 78

Measurements: height 360 (890), width 1350, depth 2400 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), pp. 232-35; B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 11980, 21987), p. 32

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