grand piano

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

Cyprien Katsaris © 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: Arnold Fibiger

Date: ca. 1902

Village / Town: Kalisz

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Bought in 1991 from Małgorzata Szafrańska from Warsaw

Inventory number: MHP 17/I

Description: black lacquered. Cross-, single-, double-, triple-strung; full frame casted together with a treble capotasto bar. English double repetition action with overdampers

Inscriptions: Arnold Fibiger / MEDAILLE D’OR inlaid in brass and mother-of-pearl on the keyboard cover; ARNOLD FIBIGER on the rest pin block in light paint, with floral ornamentation; 2715 pressed on the hitch pin block and many parts inside

Measurements: height 390 (960), width 1410, depth 1760 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. 214-17; B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu  w Opatówku, (Opatówek,1994); K. Rottermund, Budownictwo instrumentów muzycznych na terenie Wielkopolski w XIX i 1. połowie XX wieku, (Poznań, 2002), pp. 102-06

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