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: Jean Joseph Staub

Date: ca. 1860

Village / Town: Nancy

Country: France

Owner: Andrzej Szwalbe Collection, Ostromecko Palace near Bydgoszcz. Bought in 1987 from Jadwiga Głowacka from Warsaw

Inventory number: MOK-VII-FZ-051

Description: rosewood veneered. Obliquely-, single-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with three stress bars; elliptic soundboard. English repetition action with underdampers

Inscriptions: on the keyboard cover, a square nameplate inlaid in brass with a floral decoration reads: Medailles d’Argent / J. Staub /  Medailles d’Or / Medailles d’ Honneur; another inscription painted in black on the soundboard reads: MANUFACTURE de PIANOS / J. Staub / A / NANCY / 9197; A. Staub is penciled on the A2 key lever and POLMER is pressed

Measurements: height 1190, width 1460, depth 250 (560) mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

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

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: M. Novak Clinkscale, Makers of the Piano, vol. 2, 1820-1860, (Oxford, 1999), p. 350

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