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: Julian Roman Hinz

Date: ca. 1870-80

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1984 from Stanisław Filecki from Łowicz. (The instrument had been bought in 1905 as a dowry for his grandmother, born Maciuszewska, at F. J. Nowicki's Warsaw-based firm for 210 rubles – the receipt survived)

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-027

Description: walnut veneered, then black polished. Straight-, single- double-, triple-strung; composite frame with four metal stress bars and a capotasto bar for the upper part of the stringing; Viennese action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: J. Hinz. / w Warszawie inlaid in brass on the keyboard cover; penciled on the back of the back-check slat there is: R. Bryczkowski Moskwa – Kieleckie

Measurements: height 360 (910), width 1375, depth 2050 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. 225-26

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