grand piano

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

Howard Shelley © 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 Małecki

Date: ca. 1887

Village / Town: Warsaw

Country: Congress Kingdom of Poland / present-day Poland

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Bought in 1983 from Jerzy Wiatrowski from Kalisz

Inventory number: MHP 2/I

Description: black polished. Cross-, single- double-, triple-strung; full metal frame with a treble capotasto bar. Viennese action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: Małecki inlaid in brass on the nameboard; a transfer on the soundboard featuring images of exhibition medals reads: FABRYKA FORTEPIANÓW / I / PIANIN / MAŁECKIEGO / w Warszawie / MEDAL ZŁOTY WARSZAWA 1886/7, PARYŻ 1878; MAŁECKI cast and 2096 pressed on the stress bar casted

Measurements: height 380 (940), width 1500, depth 1800 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, s. 246-47; B. Vogel, Polskie fortepiany XIX-XX w. Kolekcja Muzeum Historii Przemysłu w Opatówku, Opatówek 1994

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