Feliks Konstanty Pruszak

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

Feliks Konstanty Pruszak

Instrument: violin

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars with a bow

Violin maker: Feliks Konstanty Pruszak

Date: 1916

Town: Warsaw

Country: Poland

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-9, identification no. MKiS XV-C-9

Provenance: originally a private property, used by the Wrocław Violin Quartet affiliated with the city’s music academy; bought by the Ministry of Culture and the Arts on 28 Nov. 1957; loaned to the Organising Committee of the 1962 International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań

Description: after an N. Amati model; two-piece spruce belly, one-piece back of sycamore with very wavy transverse graining; f-holes and scroll in Amati style; varnish in light orange shades; corrected by Jan Karoń in 1962

Inscriptions: handwritten label reading Feliks Konstanty Pruszak prope Varsoviae / in Tempora periculosissimo Natiae nostro / fecit Initium 1916 [Built by Feliks Konstanty Pruszak near Warsaw (he lived in Płudy) at the beginning of 1916, during the most dangerous time for our nation] with handwritten initials: FKP

Measurements: body length 353 mm, upper bout 168 mm, middle bout 110 mm, lower bout 204 mm, total length 600 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

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