Marcin Groblicz

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

Marcin Groblicz

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: Marcin Groblicz

Date: c. 1730

Town: Warsaw

Country: Poland

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Collection of Violins, held by the Music Instrument Museum in Poznań since 1996 (inv. no. MNP Id 205)

Inventory number: KIL-30, identification no. MKiS Dz.XV-c-30

Provenance: before WWI belonged to Warsaw Music Conservatory; after WWII owned by the Musical Industry Central Management Authority, which, after the instrument was repaired by Eugeniusz Gosiewski in 1954, sold it on 2 Dec. 1954 at the Authority's store in Warsaw for the sum of 13,100 zlotys to the F. Chopin Music School No. 2 in Warsaw; handed over to the Ministry of Culture and the Arts on the ministry's request and included in its Collection of Violins in March 1961

Description: two-piece spruce belly; one-piece back of bird-eye maple; Polish f-holes with sharp tongues; peg box ended with a lion head; peg holes lapped; double purfling on the whole instrument; varnish in gold-brown shades, the original one only residually preserved; maintained by: T. Panufnik, E. Gosiewski, J. Karoń; presented at an exhibition held by the Polish Culture Center in Leipzig in 1980/81

Inscriptions: two printed labels; one reading Ad M. D. G. w Wárszáwie Marćin / Groblicz 173(?). Oretur pro eo quo- / cunque An: 5.. Pater noster Gr. / (Gr.[?].reparavit 1735); the other: (Reparavit) / THOMAS PANVFNIK / (Varsoviae) FECIT ANNO 19(41.) / ((Autentyczne Marcina Groblicza, krakowianina (1600 r.)) [Repaired by Thomasz Panufnik, Warsaw, made in 1941, Authentic by Marcin Groblicz from Kraków 1600]; handwritten label: Gosiewski Eug. / naprawiał / Warszawa 1954 [Repaired by Eugeniusz Gosiewski in Warsaw 1954]; printed in a decorative frame: Jan Karoń (nepos Laurentu) / (Korekta) / Varsaviae Anno 19(64-); penciled on the beck between the labels: 2’4 ; 3’8 ; 4’8

Measurements: body length (measured along the belly) 362 mm, upper bout 175.5 mm, middle bout 119.8 mm, lower bout 208.8 mm, total length without endpin 608 mm, with endpin 614 mm

Materials: spruce, bird-eye maple

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation; Z. Szulc, Słownik lutników polskich, (Poznań 1953); Polska szkoła lutnicza: instrumenty Grobliczów i Dankwartów, vol. 1, ed. P. Frankowski, Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu (Poznań 2016); A. Knast, Nowa atrybucja skrzypiec ze zbiorów Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego w świetle badań nad polską szkołą lutniczą XVII i XVIII wieku, in: Zabytki muzyczne w zbiorach Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego: katalog, konteksty, album, ed. R. Suchowiejko (Kraków 2016), p. 226



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