upright piano

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

upright 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: August Dassel

Date: ca. 1870

Village / Town: Berlin

Country: Prussia / present-day Germany

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1979 from Wanda Babel from Grudziądz

Inventory number: PN-VI-60-101

Description: black polished, richly decorated with eclectic woodcarving. Straight-, single-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame. English repetition action with overdampers

Inscriptions: A. DASSEL, BERLIN on a square plastic nameplate on the keyboard cover written in golden letters and surrounded by a frame; pressed on the hitch pin block there is: No 3107

Measurements: height 1550, width 1500, depth 340 (660) mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: A2-a4 – 7 octaves, two pedals – una corda and dampers and a hand stop – moderator/piano

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 11980, 21987) p. 96; H. Henkel, Lexikon deutscher Klavierbauer, Frankfurt am Main, 2000), p. 100

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