grand piano

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

Alexander Romanovsky © 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: Fryderyk Buchholtz

Date: 1835-40

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Inventory number: M/1056

Description: mahogany veneered. Straight-, double-, triple-strung (plain brass bass strings); three-piece bridge; two metal frame stress bars and a capotasto bar for the upper part of stringing. The opening in the casing’s bottom strengthened with two metal braces. Viennese action with rack dampers

Inscriptions: on the nameboard, an oval printed namelabel in an ormolu frame, under glass, reads: Fryderyk Buchholtz / w WARSZAWIE; Nro 86 Lan…. is penciled on its back; Schmidt Długa No 23 is penciled on the back of the keys’ blocking slat

Measurements: height 325 (840), width 1260, depth 2425 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-g4 – 6½ 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. 204-05

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