grand piano

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

Maria João Pires © 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: ca. 1835

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. 2005, gift from Danuta Korolska from Zawiercie

Inventory number: MHP 69/I

Description: pyramid mahogany veneered. Straight-, double-, triple-strung; composite frame with two stress bars and a capotasto bar for the upper part of stringing. Viennese action with rack dampers. The instrument was shortened by cutting the tail by about 1000-1500 mm and adding a metal rest pin clock

Inscriptions: a square nameplate inlaid in brass on the nameboard reads: Fryderyk Buchholtz / w WARSZAWIE; a round stamp on the hitch pin block states: Fryderyk / Buchholtz / w WARSZAWIE; HERING 82.120 is pressed on the added metal rest pin block; Barcz 14.895 Potasz Renov. vit Dem gon cor. artz is inked and Rep. 26 Maja / 1999 r. Pogr. v. pl. Frączka [?] is penciled on the a4 key lever

Measurements: height 350 (900), width 1285, depth 2305 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: C1-a4 – 6¾ 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; B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu w Opatówku, (Opatówek, 1994), pp. 16-7

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